Hebrew is F***ing Hard

When I learned Spanish a few years ago, it came pretty easily. There are so many cognates and the rules of grammar are similarish to English, so even if I didn't know the exact meaning of the word, I could usually guess the rough meaning of a sentence using context clues. While I never became…

Anna Karenina and Choosing Your Values

I just finished listening to Anna Karenina on Audible. I've never read or listened to it before, and Maggie Gyllenhaal narrates the Audible version. She's great. The book is great. I spent a lot of time listening and crocheting when I should have been working or lesson planning, and I'm not sorry about it. People…

The Writers and Thinkers I Love

I've loved reading from a very young age. I teach English, subscribe to many magazines, periodicals, and individual Substack accounts, and buy way more books than I could ever read. One of the best parts about reading, as I always try to convince my young students, is that being able to read well exposes you…