You heard your mother’s voice for the first time while you were still in the womb. Before you were born, you learned the rudiment phonics of her language, you began to understand tone of voice. You likely heard your father as well, and those closest to your mother – her best friends, perhaps her mother […]
I had a father and I am a father, and I have known a wide variety of fathers. In a lifetime of not taking things very seriously, I accept the responsibility of fatherhood, and now grandfatherhood, with due consideration. I also understand the powerful “father figure” effect when a man engages a protégé. You need […]
“Everything you do teaches you,” they say, and Mark Eells learned a lot last weekend at the O.Henry World Championship Pun-Off in Austin. A medical information manager at a local medical equipment company, Mark was the only San Antonian at the contest, which drew wordplayers from all over the country – one couple mounted a […]
Our English blithely mongrelizes its collection of words gathered from the many cultures it consorts with, but “urban” has remained fairly true to its origin. “Urbs” came to Latin meaning “city,” and our Latin mother tongue made it “urbanus,” to mean “pertaining to a city life,” or “city dweller.” (Source: a new favorite website, Etymology […]
Amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus, some San Antonians with allergies worry that their symptoms could be an indication of something more serious.
The unprecedented school closures to stop the spread of coronavirus have required educators to innovate and become creative with their lesson plans.
The San Antonio Living History Association re-enactors’ guns blazed to tribute again the heroes of the Alamo. For all of its political uncertainty, the battle of the Alamo gave America a thick portfolio of heroic moments, topped by a memorable battle cry and Travis’ line in the sand. The short but valiant struggle also put […]
If America prides itself on anything, it is our Bill of Rights, 10 amendments to the Constitution to ensure that certain human freedoms are protected from government interference. At the top of the 10 is the Free Exercise Clause: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; […]
The short answer is yes, creative writing can be taught, but like most claims, it’s more complicated than that. The truth lies somewhere between the proliferation of MFA programs and the fact that since everyone uses language, they think they can easily publish a book. I’ve taught creative writing for 25 years: from kindergarteners to […]
Ever wonder about the question? Consider the interrogative. We seek information from one another by posing a question. We find out and discover; we test and affirm. Having addressed the too-oft “Huh?” in a recent post, let us consider the quest for information that guides our decisions. Search and Ye Shall Find We seek information […]