Poem: “Passive Voice,” by Laura Da’

Poem: “Passive Voice,” by Laura Da’

I use a trick to teach students how to avoid passive voice. Circle the verbs. Imagine inserting “by zombies” after each one. Have the words been claimed by the flesh-hungry undead? If so, passive voice. I wonder if these sixth graders will recollect, on summer...
Compassion Here! This Week in SATX

Compassion Here! This Week in SATX

Last week San Antonio hosted ten visitors from Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Sudan who were sent here by the State Department to learn about “Interfaith Dialogue & Religious Freedom.” In the photo above, they are gathered at the...
Happy Birthday To . .  Anne & Henrik

Happy Birthday To . . Anne & Henrik

March 20, 1612 Anne Bradstreet “Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.” March 20, 1828 Henrik Ibsen “Never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and...
Poem: ” About Suffering,” by Elisa Gabbert

Poem: ” About Suffering,” by Elisa Gabbert

Part of suffering is the useless urge to announce that you’re suffering. There is no other way to say it: I’m suffering. Just to say “I suffer” helps. I read somewhere, “we become lyrical when we suffer.” Happiness is suffering for the right reasons. First-order...
Happy Birthday To . . . Sully & Jorge

Happy Birthday To . . . Sully & Jorge

March 16, 1839 René François Armand Prudhomme “The great are only great because we are on our knees. Let us rise up.” March 16, 1958 Jorge Ramos “Neutrality is for referees in a football game. You have to take a stand. The really, really good...
Compassion Here! This Week in SATX

Compassion Here! This Week in SATX

It’s Spring Break this week, and college students are traveling all over to do community service. In the photo above, students from UTSA traveled to the Grand Canyon to help with park maintenance (and do a little hiking and camping.) We publish this...
Poem: ” Words,” by Pauli Murray

Poem: ” Words,” by Pauli Murray

We are spendthrifts with words, We squander them, Toss them like pennies in the air– Arrogant words, Angry words, Cruel words, Comradely words, Shy words tiptoeing from mouth to ear. But the slowly wrought words of love and the thunderous words of heartbreak– Those we...
Happy Birthday To . . . Torquato & Douglas

Happy Birthday To . . . Torquato & Douglas

March 11, 1544 Torquato Tasso “The day of fortune is like a harvest day, We must be busy when the corn is ripe.” March 11, 1952 Douglas Adams “If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have...