I’ve Got My Reasons

. . . in the immortal but out of context words of Talib Kweli.Speaking of intention, what if one’s intention be muddled? One wouldn’t get very far. But even if one does not aspire to go far, one needs to know where one is going (and though it is always lovely to leave space for […]

In Defense of Quality

If you cannot learn to love real art, at least learn to hate sham art. This, from William Morris. By “real art,” let’s say James Lesesne Wells, for example, and by “sham art,” let’s say Thomas Kinkade.  I’d like to apply this sentiment to the work of writing, and more specifically, to the work of […]

Fun with Point Biserials

A few weeks ago, I was spending a lot of time analyzing test data, specifically, the p values and pt. biserials of a set of English language arts tests for grades 3 through 11, in order to determine What Went Wrong. In the preponderance of cases, of course, nothing went wrong. The items performed more […]

But Is It Art?

A couple of years ago, I spent an entire month writing stories, articles, and poems for a shelf product for a company that shall remain nameless. What could be more fun than that? With the poems, I amused myself by choosing different forms in which to write. The children who later read the poems had […]