My spirit isn't exactly troubled these days, but it is brimful of ideas, hopes, questions, plans, and projects.
For the last few months, I've stepped away from my keyboard and let sleep knit the raveled sleeve of so many cares.
They also weave, with gentle art, Those stronger nets that bind the heart.
In the college English courses I teach, Homer's Iliad and Odyssey form our core texts. Students write in response to the timeless stories and use the speeches of Achilles, Nestor, Ajax, and, of course, Odysseus as lessons in rhetoric. These lessons are particularly rich in the Odyssey, as cunning Odysseus must talk his way into favor… Continue reading The Lessons of Craft