What I Made at Camp

From July 10-24, I was on a piece of land formerly known as the Fort Ord Army base. The base was closed in 1994, and now it is the California State University at Monterey Bay. I was there for a graduate writing course called “Essay Writing: Personal Passions and Public Issues.” And it was indeed a course: … More What I Made at Camp

Being Prassent

Help me not be such an ass; help me also be this ass I am right now, right where I am. This one is SO SHORT. You really won’t even believe it. Are you someone who is generally like “thanks, Sarah, for these too too many things. Now I can’t bear to look at any … More Being Prassent

Dear friends, It’s been a while. This is going to be sad and tell you things about me that you won’t be able to un-know, so if that’s not what you need at this moment, come on back later, or never, as you see fit. (Here’s your chance to go eat a sandwich instead. That … More

(S)laughter is the Best Medicine

Slay: slaughter :: ____: laughter? It’s shit like this that made me love being a teacher of English to multilingual speakers; I felt dispositionally and linguistically well-suited to absorb their incredulity, because really: WTF. This started, as everything does nowadays, because of Beyoncé’s “Formation.” “Slay” as an alternate verb for “perform magnificently” has been around … More (S)laughter is the Best Medicine

Genius and Theft

To start: if you haven’t looked into #ReclaimMLK, I urge you to do so. There, (and here, at the Movement for Black Lives action site), you’ll find ways to counter the “Santa-Clausified” narrative (per Cornel West) of King that overlooks or denies his radicalism, his critiques of capitalism, his disappointment with white moderates, and his refusal … More Genius and Theft

Help Me Not Be Such an Ass: Dec 14-Jan 9, 2016

  Anne Lamott offers us “three essential prayers” (lovely I think whether you are a pray-er or not): Help, Thanks, and Wow. She also names a bonus fourth: Help Me Not Be Such an Ass. In my experience, keeping this one set to “heartily invoked” is enough to draw nigh much that is brain-breaking and beautiful. Here’s some… 1. … More Help Me Not Be Such an Ass: Dec 14-Jan 9, 2016

The Balm Dot Com/Salve Us From Ourselves

“Balm” started knocking at my consciousness on Christmas Eve; I was reading in the bathtub. Arlene Goldbard’s “A Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists, and the Future” is a beautiful book about the role of art and culture in public life, and it’s written in two parts: part one is divided into 28 mini-arguments for the public purpose of … More The Balm Dot Com/Salve Us From Ourselves