Book Review: Who needs words?

I must confess: I think I am falling for wordless books. Sure, there is usually a shifted investment in visuality, but there’s also something interesting happening in the story making. I am making the story—I am using the provided, static visuals to generate a story both predictable and mutable. In reading the visuals, I may… Continue reading Book Review: Who needs words?

Book Review: Easy Readers

Guppy Up! by Jonathan Fenske (Penguin, 2013; level 1)* A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse, Frank Viva (A TOON Book, 2012; level 1) Flat Stanley Goes Camping (Lori Haskins Houran, ill. Macky Pamintuan (Harper, 2013; level 2)* Louise Makes Art by Kelly Light (Harper Collins, 2014; no level indicated)* The Real… Continue reading Book Review: Easy Readers

Book Review: Historical Children’s Books

1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving, Catherine O’Neill Grace and Margaret M. Bruhac (National Geographic Society, 2004; ages 8-12 years) Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History ... and Our Future!, Kate Schatz, illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl (City Lights, 2015; ages 8-16 years) The Game of Silence, Louise Erdrich… Continue reading Book Review: Historical Children’s Books

Artifact no. 8, [item not found]

Friday I turn 40. Maybe that’s a loss in itself, but that’s not what I’m writing about. In fact, I feel like this has been a challenging and rewarding year for me, even as I struggle with pandemic life, dissertations, toddler tantrums, and more. I feel more myself than I have in a long time… Continue reading Artifact no. 8, [item not found]

Weaving Oppression & Identity Narratives

“The craft of weaving began with the dawn of civilization. The hand loom, or frame upon which cloth is woven, was one of man’s earliest tools…About two hundred years ago, power looms were invented. Because power looms could make many yards of smooth, perfect cloth very quickly, cloth manufacturing became an important modern industry. But… Continue reading Weaving Oppression & Identity Narratives

Artifact no. 7, a pile of paintings (landscapes)

With my Crayola crayon case and a small pile of paper, I sit in front of the television in our living room and draw along to Bob Ross. Yes, as a child, I loved to watch PBS and especially Bob Ross. Too young for paints, I used my crayons instead and made my best go… Continue reading Artifact no. 7, a pile of paintings (landscapes)

Photography of Knowing: Sally Mann

From Elle magazine, photographer Sally Mann. Take a picture. Develop the film. Print the negative. Process the image. Throughout the process of photography, there are breaks and merges, an oscillation of separation and uniting, in order to reproduce an image. It is a dynamic medium, in particular for women and children, as it marks the… Continue reading Photography of Knowing: Sally Mann

Breast Milk & Scholarship

Momademic 2018 It was just 1 week after giving birth that I was sitting in my graduate orientation. Just days had passed since I’d been discharged from the hospital and I was still rocking those gigantic pads everyone tells you to steal from the hospital because “you will need them” (no, really, you will). People… Continue reading Breast Milk & Scholarship

Artifact no. 6, a workbench.

Artifact no. 6, a workbench. Ferris exploring the joys of workbench play. My dad’s garage was a routine stop on our backyard adventures. There was the junk drawer: a literal drawer filled with nuts, bolts, springs, dirt, and every other sort of metal object a child wants to hoard and craft into something else. It… Continue reading Artifact no. 6, a workbench.