Do You Live in a Friendly City?

Originally posted on Heather Bock:
by Heather Bock I was teaching my adult English as a Second Language class the language of comparison and contrast, and the teacher’s book suggested the students compare the town in which they were raised in their home country with the town in which they now reside. I liked the…

The Quiet Game

When I was a kid, my stepdad used to play this game with us. He called it “The Quiet Game”. Mostly, I’m sure, because “The Get These Kids to Finally Shut the Heck Up Game” takes too long to say. The game went like this. We’d be driving somewhere; he at the helm, my mom… Continue reading The Quiet Game

Lucky Number?

Did you ever wonder what happens when math teachers try to write poetry? Wonder no more!   Lucky Number? Seven isn’t my lucky number. Seven is complicated, undisciplined, impossible to predict. Now ten, ten is mannerly and meek, Sweet home-schooled child of the number family. Ten perches properly in his seat, with one hand aloft,… Continue reading Lucky Number?

What is a Poem?

It’s NaPoWriMo, I explained, National Poetry Writing Month The challenge is to write a poem Each day throughout April We’re currently accepting poetry Submissions for our school blog Then transitioned right to comparing fractions As the numerator increases… As the denominator increases… To a sea of incredulous and apathetic faces Instantly the mood transitioned, murky to… Continue reading What is a Poem?

Things Mason Brilliant Likes

Originally posted on Things We Like:
Going for a long walk in the middle of a sunny day listening to my YouTube favorites list Eating a bacon-topped pizza while watching Iron Fist Playing as my all-time favorite character, Roadhog, on a video game called “Overwatch” Rhyming and freestyle rapping when I am by myself Going…

Unoffendable

I live in a household of women. Between myself and my four teenage daughters, we get caught in a crossfire of hurt feelings rather frequently. Someone, it seems, is always offended by a sister or two. She borrowed my shoes without asking; they’re not watching the movie I wanted; she got new jeans when I… Continue reading Unoffendable