Earlier today I was writing a letter of recommendation for a student. Through the process of describing their academic abilities and experiences, it finally occurred to me that all-too-often how we talk about academic success–for students with any type of… Read More ›
hidden power of words series
In this series, I dig deep and look at the fuller meanings and consequences of everyday diction.
“Free” has acquired so many connotations in the lexicon of capitalism that it inevitably calls into focus a structuralist-based binary of free vs. not free. “Free,” in other words, is a term that describes a concept necessary because of our… Read More ›
It’s time to abolish the use of “American” when we mean “United Statesian.” – Hidden Power of Words Series, #26
I’m always kind of frustrated when I hear people refer to the United States as “America” or to its residents as “Americans.” Since 2009, I have been saying that people in the U.S. are best thought of as United Statesians. As I… Read More ›
Today at lunch I overheard a comment the greeter made to a customer as she seated him. She said something to the effect of so you’ve been in Lake Jackson for fifty years and then said, “so you know everybody and their… Read More ›
“All men are created equal” is, of course, one of the most essential doctrines of civil religion in the United States – a doctrine equally in sharp contrast with most human societies. While it is well-established that “men” did in… Read More ›
I’m often a bit irked at how often people–the news, politicians, and other people in the United States–discuss whether something is or is not in the Constitution of the United States, whether something is Constitutional or not. Have these people… Read More ›
My latest poem about the magical power of words on a page came during a “bell hooks” moment, that is when I wanted to sleep but my brain had other plans.