Don’t Swat the Skeptic

Climate activists, climate deniers, climate heretics. Every era has its debates that ring with the moral fervor of religion. I’ve … More

Folk in the Fortress

Verbs are the engines of sentences. The advice from master writers: ditch the adjectives and adverbs—they add flourish, but not … More

Borrowed Gardens

Among DC’s finest features are the townhouse gardens—dutifully tended patches of nature that spring up all around my neighborhood, in … More

How to Groom a Pony

Begin by fetching your grooming kit: a crucial possession for any horse-mad child. This unassuming blue tub contains the weapons … More

Cicadian Rhythms

“Ms. Cassani Davis, can you help us?” A student has run over. She is shy and determined. She has just … More

Interesting Things

In a few weeks, I get to teach writing to a class of 4th graders and a small class of … More