From Writer to Teacher

Would you consider teaching a class? That question was posed to me about a year ago by the nice folks at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. They have a public arts education center called ArtPlay where they teach all sorts of arts-related classes to children and adults — everything from ballet to improv to photography.  Sure,…

The Uses of Adversity

The Uses of Adversity. That’s what Granny always said she’d call her autobiography when she wrote it. Unfortunately, she never did.  But that title sticks with me, and I think about it quite often.  The Uses of Adversity.  Seven and a half months ago when I wrote this post followed by this post about being…

The Mask of Freedom

(AUTHOR’S NOTE: My childhood friend Mike Hayes called me out on this post not so much because he disagreed with the overall theme of it, but because of the way I had presented it in places. Mike and I have known each other our whole entire lives, and while we have usually very different opinions…