How to Scare Kids the Right Way

The Denver Post just did an article on campfire stories that they interviewed me for. Here’s the link if you want to know more: Why We Love Campfire Stories —and how to tell them Kate (the DP reporter) and I had a long discussion about ghost stories. Unfortunately, most of that couldn’t fit in the article, […]

English Majors Discuss Pop Songs: “Your Love” by The Outfield

Putting our English Degrees to work by tackling life’s persistent mysteries…   The Song: “Your Love” by The Outfield   The Lyric: “I just want to use your love tonight. I don’t want to lose your love tonight.”   The Problem: Those pesky pronouns. Whose love does the speaker want to “use”? Whose love does s/he fear losing?   Possible Interpretations: A) We’ll […]

Confessions of a Bad Teen

It started in fourth grade. Dave and I stole a bunch of glue and coated the playground slides before recess. Ten minutes later, the hall was full of sticky, crying, sandpapery kids, and I learned a new word: vandalism. Mrs. Kerr taught it to us. She said that’s what we’d done. Then we were sent […]