Does Harry Potter Romanticize Boarding School?

I feel that it’s only reasonable to write a response to Tilda Swinton’s assertions that ‘Harry Potter romanticizes boarding school and this is damaging to children.’ In an earlier life, I read the entire Harry Potter series and watched at least … Continue reading

Writing Contests: How Do You Decipher Judges’ Feedback?

Reposted from May 25, 2014: The subject of writing contests came up in a writers’ group that I belong to. One of the writers in the group was bemused because she was given feedback by the judges that doesn’t square … Continue reading

How Do You Define Trust?

Reposted from August 21, 2013: Trust is a delicate thing, and yet it makes the world go round. We can’t live without trust. Our economy is built on trust. Relationships live or die on trust. Marriage, peace treaties, and trade … Continue reading