In Brief: Alas, Poor Yorick! (Valentine’s Present)

Leah gave me a skull for Valentine’s Day. To be clear, Leah isn’t strange for giving it to me, and in fact, I don’t think I’m strange for wanting it. Earlier the skull caught my eye because I’m an English teacher and soon I’ll be teaching “Hamlet.” This is the play where Hamlet picks up …

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Moss Balls, Air Plants, and Succulents (Oh My!)

For Valentine’s Day I gave Leah four babies. Her babies are green and round and fuzzy, but no, they aren’t tennis balls! Her babies live underwater and come from Japan… by way of Amazon Prime. They’re called marimos, or Japanese moss balls, and by far they’re the strangest plants I’ve ever seen. There’s four of …

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In Brief: Edgar Allan Poe “Story” Published

Last week The Drabble accepted a short story I wrote. You can read it here, though to be accurate I shouldn’t really say “short story.” The Drabble is a website that publishes works of prose and poetry 100 words or less—works of “flash fiction.” My piece was inspired by students who have recently been making …

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