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For those kids, I’m the only lesbian they’ve seen other than Ellen. Sometimes middle school girls will cry when I sign their books. I am their bookish, gay lady Beatle.
But most kids don’t care at all. I am a grown-up who wrote a book they read. Cool. Can you sign my book and my arm? Yes, I can if your teacher says it’s okay.
My presentation is not about being gay. It’s not about my personal life or my marriage.read more
What does it mean to be human is an urgent question for me as I face the destabilizing and possibly cataclysmic changes that global climate change is bringing. This question necessitates a thorough understanding of what is malleable in our human condition and what is not. Honoring humanity must be a starting point in seeking new ways to live.read more
It has become increasingly apparent throughout the past decade that the nation state, and the traditional notion that it represents a culturally cohesive citizen’s platform, is no longer a valid supposition.In Europe, countries have been stripped of their status as...read more
We have known for a while that people who are most successful in business read fiction. And people who read fiction have more empathy, no matter where they land on the gender or personality trait spectrum.It’s interesting to me that genre fiction — sci-fi, mystery,...read more
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a dire warning last week: We need to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and we need to do it fast to avoid catastrophic climate change.At the current rate, our global carbon budget will be spent in the next 10 to 14...read more
I gripped the steering wheel of my car. My father was dead. As my knuckles turned white I realized my hands were like his. Sunburnt on top, calloused underneath. We both loved to dig in the earth. He died where he feared—away from home. The brain tumors...read more
The human aesthetic—the perception and sensory contemplation of a subject—is so strongly influenced by the terms and phrases we adopt into our lexicon that we ought to pay close attention to them. We see, hear, and smell our environment using the senses we have...read more
Do you think that the fairy tales are made for children? You are wrong. You are four times wrong. Tales are not purely fiction. They are constructions through fiction. They are not fairy tales. Their own realities are constructed. You do not have to believe them. They...read more
The White House Family Cookbook (with Executive Chef Henry Haller) "This hefty volume offers an intriguing glimpse of presidential history." - Publishers Weekly "This is a classic!" - Liz Carpenter, former White House Press Secretary "This elegant and easy-to-follow...read more
Now that we have a child, keeping them in a golden cage will not solve any issues. The best thing to do would be returning the child’s right to live his life as he wishes. Instead of controlling them, let’s try to be by their side when they need us.read more
Picture the scene, you‘re awoken by the morning sun, grab yourself a coffee and step outside. As you take your first sip you watch the sun rising and enjoy the serene sound of birdsong. Everything’s tranquil as you take a leisurely stroll around your market garden, making a list of today’s tasks. There is a lot to do but you enjoy every tiny piece of it and can’t wait to begin.
Can you imagine this life for yourself? Do you think it’s possible for you to enjoy this kind of lifestyle and actually make a decent living from it?read more
Theme is one of those components that often gets overlooked, despite the fact that it is the glue that holds a story together!
So, what is theme? Quite simply, theme is a story’s main idea. However, this is not to be confused with subject as subject is the method chosen to explore the theme.
Your kitchen gardening efforts are subject to the vagaries of weather. The clued-up grower has a number of means to smooth the peaks and troughs of rainfall.read more
However many books on writing we read, there are still things that we get wrong as new novelists. Some obvious things, if fixed, may transform your manuscript. We have to keep learning.read more
With the strict restrictions and lack of engagement in many schools today, we are more closely equipping our children for prison life and for the kind of active, engaged life that exists outside of prison.read more
When it comes to positive education, how often do you practice what you learn within your own context to fully feel and understand what you learn before you then teach strategies to your class?read more
A new study suggests that climate change had a significant impact Ice-Age Animal diets and may well have been a primary factor in the decline and disappearance of this unique suite of animals.read more
The world’s first-known major gathering of disparate peoples took place twelve thousand years ago in a place called Göbekli Tepe. Hunter-gatherers, these peoples had not yet discovered agriculture and had not yet begun to settle in small towns.read more