Sometimes you just have to write…

When does it end for victims of bullying?

Where are the perpetrators? They must also be us.

December 14, 2013 · 2 Comments

Teasing or bullying?

What’s the difference between “Kids can be mean,” or “He was just teasing,” and serious, long-term harmful bullying?

November 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Is Gaming Bad for You?

I just saw a very thought-provoking video clip. I don’t know who made this video, but the description of how adults would react to books comes from a book called Everything Bad … Continue reading

August 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Smelly teenage boys

I was walking across campus at the secondary school where I teach the other day, when I passed a rather nondescript group of teenage boys. This is something I would … Continue reading

June 8, 2013 · 2 Comments

My husband’s superpower

Last weekend, I was sitting on the sofa downstairs, playing something or other on my iPad. My son, who’s 14 years old, came down the stairs and announced to me … Continue reading

May 26, 2013 · 8 Comments

Teens and violence

I read an interesting blog post last week by Peter Brown Hoffmeister, written after the Connecticut school shooting, but before the Boston bombing, about the link between violent video games … Continue reading

April 21, 2013 · 4 Comments

L is for language: teen-speak

  Spending so much time with teenagers, both at home and at work, means that I have to keep up with the constant changes in the language that young people … Continue reading

April 13, 2013 · 2 Comments

Jane, Jane’s carousel and junior high school

Three topics came together today, all starting with J. My first name, legally speaking, is Jane. I hated that name when I was growing up because it was so common. … Continue reading

April 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

D is for derivative (literature, not financial instruments!)

Yesterday I asked my graduating students for suggestions as to what books I should or should not assign to next year’s group. In the course of the discussion one of … Continue reading

April 4, 2013 · 3 Comments


Yes, this is an example of procrastination: I’m avoiding what I have to do by writing a blog post about not doing what I have to do. There’s a whole … Continue reading

March 2, 2013 · 4 Comments