How much detail is simply too much?

Originally posted on Broadside:
Writer’s Block 1 (Photo credit: OkayCityNate). How much — REALLY? — do we need to know? Everyone who writes a blog, unless it’s focused on a specific subject, shares details of their life, past and present: their kids, their partner, their dating life, their work, their school experiences… How much is…

Socks, Sandals, and Tapping into the Archives

Do you have readily accessible writing from years past?  Journals, old MS Word files, e-mail archives?  How often you do sift through old material that has either gathered cobwebs or digital dust bunnies?  During my first three to four years of teaching–I’m about to start my ninth–I enjoyed sharing my experiences with friends and family…

Balloons, Climate Change, and the Future

What would it take for people to see their impact on the environment, in relation to climate change?  After a few moments of deliberation, my friend and mentor Rowan Claypool said Balloons. Imagine that for all of your activity responsible for CO2 emissions, large ugly balloons filled with CO2 trailed you wherever you traveled.  If…