Narrative and Memory: Clip Earrings, Cameos, and Compound Words

When I look at my dresser top every morning as I’m accessorizing (one of the best parts of the day), I see more than just an array of earrings and necklaces, bracelets and rings. I see several entwined narratives there as well, the way one of my Grandma Ruth’s cameos (cameos are arguably my favorite type of jewelry)10306183_10152886855238849_1985768928861180634_n (2) Continue reading


Fun with Scarves and Adjectives (But Where Do We Put the Commas and How Do We Tie the Scarves?)


One of my scarf owls

As fall draws ever closer, I’ve been looking for new ideas for my pretty sizable collection of scarves. I don’t have as many go-to scarf-tying ideas as I would like, and writing this post was a perfect opportunity to learn one more. An Internet search took me Continue reading

Split Infinitives and Faux Fur: When Is Something the “Right” Choice?

IMG_4103As fall grows steadily closer, my thoughts turn more and more to two things. One is the many new ideas I’m having for my fall composition classes—as well as the general excitement that starting a new quarter always brings. The other is new additions to my fall wardrobe, my favorite of which—so far—is this velvet tiger-print coat. Also, I’m not much of  Continue reading

When Is a Word a Word? (Or a Drinking Fountain a Bubbler?)

I spent this past weekend in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula, enjoying the trees and the fresh air (and adding a few pieces to my wardrobe at art fairs and consignment shops).11781736_10154309742148849_8790195151870082653_n I love the UP, and I’ve been spending time there—usually during the summer and holidays—ever since I was little. However, until last year, I had never given much thought Continue reading

A Love Story about Pronouns: My Whirlwind Romance with the Singular “They”

I feel I should explain this right away: my floor length velvet cape doesn’t have anything to do with pronouns—however, it is a perfect instance of a whirlwind romance, very similar to what happened with me and the singular “they.” A few months ago, 11084246_10153933299733849_1821860834193739249_n Continue reading

Pants, Slacks, or Trousers?: George Sand and Rhetorical Grammar

In 1991, I saw a movie called Impromptu. It focused on French Romantic novelist George SandGeorge_Sand_by_Nadar,_1864 (played by Judy Davis in the movie—the real George Sand is pictured in a well-known photo by Nadar) and the group of writers, artists, and composers who spent time in and around Paris in the 1830s. I was living in Madison, Wisconsin  Continue reading

Too Many Bracelets? Or Not Enough?


If I leave my apartment without bracelets—even if I’m wearing earrings, necklaces, scarves, and other accessories—I feel as if something is missing all day. I don’t know why, but bracelets are just Continue reading