Welcome to March! This Week in Review

Every week, I curate a list of the best links and articles to make you think and keep you informed. Enjoy!

This sure has been a week! I'm not sure where it went! I was sick for part of it and the rest of it has been spent getting applications for funding ready. It's a busy time in most schools, so I know some of you understand. I'm really excited--one week until Spring Break! Admittedly, Spring Break will be spent mostly writing conference papers and catching up on reading, but there's also the wonderful Alamo Drafthouse giving teachers free admissions to movies, so I'm totally taking advantage of that!

What I wrote this week:

  • A Different Sort of Liturgy: Last weekend was the memorial service for my mentor from undergrad, Dr. Karl Maurer. This is my tribute to that event, which was really important for many of us. It was an honor to meet so many of his family and friends. What wonderful people--and celebrating such a wonderful man! 

What I read this week:

Popery (Catholicism/Spirituality/Religion):

  • Urban Church (Planting) Plantations (Christena Cleveland): This is problematic on multiple levels. 

  • It is NOT Okay (Refocus Ministry): This really goes with some of the stuff that I posted under "General," but I think that it's important to post this under my ministry section. The way we treat other humans says more about our souls than it does our politics. 


  • New Research Explains How The Pen Is Mightier Than The Keyboard (The New Literacy): I think I have always intuitively known this. I have never successfully taken notes in class on a computer and I forbid my students from even trying. 
  • Letter to the Pen Addict Community (Reverenced Writing): First of all, this is a pen blog by a Catholic Priest!!!! (Yes, I did totally geek out when I discovered this). Secondly, this is a good article. While I have never experienced people being rude at pen shows (on the contrary, I have collected a few, as my friends call them, "old men pen boyfriends"), I think it's important to respect and listen to the "old guard" of pendom. 

Paperbacks (Books and Writing):

  • A Memoir Doesn't Have to Tell the Truth (Book Riot): I like this article. So many times when I'm trying to write down something that happened, I struggle with details. Yet, it's not the details that matter, it's the story: what happened, what did it mean, how did it impact you. This is a great article about that. 

  • Wil Wheaton is right: Stop expecting artists to work for free — or worse, for “exposure” (Salon): A friend of mine had an article picked up by Huffington Post and she was so excited for the exposure, but I felt really uncomfortable about it. I was glad to hear that Will Wheaton had shared my views. This is really just a big company taking advantage of a little writer. I've seen the posts--they don't give them huge links to their own websites to drive enough traffic to really make it worth it. Unless you want your ten seconds of internet fame, probably it's best to just not. 

  • How To Tell If You’re In a Flannery O’Connor Story (The Toast): This is brilliant. I particularly loved, "Ever since you returned from the North, you take enormous pride in being both unmarried and ugly."

Life in General:

To make you Laugh:


  • The Everlasting Magic of English Teachers (Book Riot): Maybe it's self serving to share this, but I, too, have had those teachers who moved me and have impacted my personal life for years. They weren't only English teachers--History teachers, Theology professors, and Classics teachers have all been influential. It's always good to celebrate a good teacher--they shape the world. 

Simplicity and Minimalism:

Environmentalism, Farming, Food, Health, and Nutrition: