What about me? Who am I to give any kind of wisdom?
Well, I’m what my family called an “old soul”; though I’m still young, I understand the world as if I lived it all. Kind of a gift and curse at the same time, things only got worse when I became a high school English Language Arts teacher at 21.
When I was young, my life revolved around stories, and thus, writing. However, when I started teaching, I noticed that Language Arts are underestimated. Not only are students struggling to write effectively; teachers struggle to make writing authentic for the kids; readers are limited to what is “good for them” and “quality”; young writers are discouraged from creative writing; even parents expressed distress when writing to other adults. I was stunned and saddened. What happened to the abundant appreciation and prestige that comes with literacy and the writers who preserve our pasts, presents, and futures?
We lost love for the very thing that helps us to understand what it means to be human and understand others. Writing is one of the most powerful forms of communication. And, contrary to what most people believe, I personally believe it is even more important now with social media–instead of less so–because social media is written posts to others. But, to be a “quality writer” to get to that level of what makes a classic “classic”, we have to understand that there is more to writing and reading than just literary elements.
The humanities (and sciences) are the cornerstones of literacy and thinking, which then drives writing that is perceptive and reflective. So, that’s the seed I want to plant.
After two degrees in education (and goals to get more in theology, philosophy, creative writing, and history–because, learning), leaving my job as a teacher to follow my husband in his military career, and a passion for corrupting young minds while being better people in a society that only sees them as another contributor to the economy, I want to challenge you all to practice effective and fulfilling communication and reflective strategies, while learning something new every day. But, with a twist of candid humor.
I’m not perfect, and I’m always up for learning something else if you want to share your wisdom. In the same way, I want to support and foster a renewed love for transcendental expression and understanding. Stick around, and you’ll find some interesting ideas, tips, and inspiration that I craft as I have regional and European accent contests with my husband, sitting on the floor with my two doggie babies.
Like I said, I’m an “old soul”, and I’ve met a lot of kinds of people in the short time I’ve been around. I’m by no means an expert, but you’ll find that I try to have something for everyone. I encourage you to check around for a dose of everything in my posts. If you’re not sure where to start, though, try the Home page.
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