Musings

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…

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…

Borrowed Gardens

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

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…

Cicadian Rhythms

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

Interesting Things

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