Yesterday some friends and I got into a debate about what the opposite of "ambidextrous" would be. Monodextrous? Solodextrous? Just plain dexterous? It turns out we were all wrong. See, we were operating under the erroneous assumption that the "-dextrous" part of the word had something to do with skill or proficiency — you know, […]

mid-week poetry break

I don’t know about you, but a little bit of poetry goes a long way. I’ve been reading Andrea Gibson‘s most recent collection, Pansy, and I experienced one of those rare and powerful moments where the poem spoke directly to my own experiences. Seriously, you should go out and grab yourself a copy of this book, […]

happiness is…

…a warm cup of cocoa and some delicious cookies on a cold winter morning in a city I’m pleasantly surprised to call home.

book map = pure delight

I was recently clicking around on Electric Literature (an awesome non-profit site for lovers of stories) and stumbled across their feature on We Are Dorothy‘s amazing Book Map. I don’t think anything I can write would really do this piece justice. Suffice it to say I ordered myself a print, had it framed, and have […]

O, Buzzfeed, how I do love thee!

I recently got a comment on one of my posts at idreamwords, and guess what? The author shared this video with me! It’s super short and very entertaining, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard at least half of these. The ones I’m most familiar with: Where are you really from? (when I […]

Peer Review THIS

As an academic who deals with controversial subject matter myself, the recent “firing” of Dr. Steen Salaita from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign strikes a particularly sensitive chord for me. There are many reasons UIUC’s rescinded offer (as I understand it based on articles like this one published on Inside Higher Ed) seems wrong to […]

My Paper Addiction

Well, I really like writing letters and it appears I’ve developed a bit of an addiction to stationery. Recently, I located several really cool stationery subscription services. I used to use Lost Crates, but they’ve gone out of business (unfortunately). However, their end led me to discover some really amazing services. Although I can’t afford […]

winter treat

Two snow days in a row — I’m so happy I had the chance to get some work done (and also enjoy the beautiful snow outside). So here’s a little poetic treat on this winter night. It’s one of Nikki Giovanni’s from her newest collection, Chasing Utopia, and is one of my current faves: “Podcast […]