Before my students educated me, I had pictured the Soviet Union as one solid mass of land with only Russian speakers across the expanse. I also never heard of the tiny landlocked sliver of Moldova tucked between Romania and Ukraine until many of my students said they came from there. When I began to listen, I… Read more

The Seahawks and the words in a story. The two don’t seem to have much in common, but experiencing the buildup to the Superbowl within a few miles of Seattle’s epicenter has me thinking of crazy connections. Many years ago I took a fiction writing class through the University of Washington. The instructor and the… Read more

Esperanza Rising: A Review

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan has everything I love in a novel. It has gorgeous imagery and historical interest that hooked me into what happened in the world we live in along with a plot that kept me turning pages. The vivid descriptions of both the ranch where Esperanza spent her early years and… Read more

Cultural Space

About once a year, I do an activity with my students that I learned in my undergraduate days. It looks like this: I call two volunteers to the front of the class. One is male, the other is female. I ask them to walk toward me one at a time and put my hand up… Read more

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