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L Eckert
Houston Texas
Love is a willingness to embrace compassion. BA in English from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Minor in Criminal Justice and Liberal Arts; Currently working on my Masters of English at the University of Texas at Tyler
Interests: travel, writing, education, native american literature (simon ortiz, joy harjo, n. scott momaday) the work of john steinbeck, and i like the outdoors...just not enough to live there.
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Last night's Moonlight Ramble was a blast because it's just one of the many ways we are proving that our city is getting some of its groove back after Harvey. All kinds of people were out with neon lights on their bikes (I couldn't find my new lights), some people... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Red HOT Pen
Senator Bob Corker articulated what is on everyone's mind these days, and his response to Trump's attack is classic. I am not going to disparage adult day cares by inferring that they are a negative, but I think we understand the comparison. Trump's Twitter attacks are juvenile and spontaneous, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at The Red HOT Pen
If you've noticed the irony of Donald Trump's discourse concerning the recent NFL players form of silent protest against racism and inequity, then you are probably getting chills. We are on the brink of a possible conflict with North Korea, an authoritarian regime that requires citizens to literally worship public... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at The Red HOT Pen
I can't complain about not having hot water when so many of my neighbors are homeless after Harvey. Just down the street and around the corner a whole neighborhood was flooded and now everyone that had a second floor is living upstairs. The houses are gutted and the trash is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at The Red HOT Pen
Yes, I know that everyone tonight is hating me, and that is because I am the queen of light. I am the queen of light housework after light breakfast; I am the queen of light television after reading light Victorian novels rich with sensitive scents, and vivid imagery. I am... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at The Red HOT Pen
Last week I was asked to define beauty as it pertains to English Renaissance love poetry, and as I was working I came to an epiphany. Earlier in the course we had been asked to examine artificiality as it relates to romance, and I just found the whole exercise, the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at The Red HOT Pen
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If one were to argue that our most sacred public institution was up for sale after decades of suffering under a merciless political and social attack, most citizens would look around and wonder what sacred public institution was being pillaged. If one were to argue that masses of people had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at The Red HOT Pen
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Jun 22, 2017
Wow, that bit of news was probably overshadowed by the big acquisition of Whole Foods, but what hypocrisy!!! I'm sure you know Amazon is building a mega-campus right here in Katy, TX, and plans to hire a couple thousand workers. I am happy they are bringing the work, but I worry about the long term affect on the traffic, housing, etc.
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2017 on Amazon's brutal capitalism at At LoyaltyMinder
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Okay, my task this week was to figure out why Edward Spenser loves his bride so much. To figure this out, I have to analyze the Epithalamion and a couple of his sonnets from Amoretti. My paper is due tomorrow and since I've been sick as Hell for two weeks,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at The Red HOT Pen
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May 16, 2017
Because of a so-called teacher shortage, some states are considering not making certification mandatory even for core subjects. I vote let's just get rid of all professional licenses. What difference does it make if the electrician was properly trained? Who cares if the truck driver took a test? Most lawyers... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at The Red HOT Pen
I've been working on Mark Twain papers for five months, and I am getting low on ideas for writing. First of all, I do appreciate all he has done for letters and literature, and not only is he the greatest satirist of all time, but he is one of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2017 at The Red HOT Pen
Much of what has been happening lately is disturbing, and this isn't confined to my personal or work life. To my right, my son is on the couch watching some drama about a man that doesn't even know what grade his daughter is in, and that conjures up depressing memories... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2017 at The Red HOT Pen
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Jan 22, 2017
Now that Trump is POTUS, I guess it's time for me to fold as a liberal activist. After all, we are now in the era of fascism and corporate elitism, so I am nothing against all of that. All of this phony, shrieking, frenzied and hypocritical Christianity makes me want... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at The Red HOT Pen
Most everyone is in agreement: 2016 will be remembered as one of the most hideous of all years. We lost a long list of talented entertainers; we elected another not-so-talented entertainer to our highest public office; we experienced notable climate change incidents, including a frightening rise of Arctic temperatures; and,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at The Red HOT Pen
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Dec 28, 2016
What a disgusting experience I had last night at the movie theater! I've been stuck in the house all week with strep throat, so going to the movies was a big outing for me, and I was really pumped. We ordered our tickets online, and when we got there the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2016 at The Red HOT Pen
And, Miserably counting out her coins, glimmering, but short in quantity, these medallions of supposed success, these tokens of meager food and unpaid rent, there were too few of them to count, for not enough were earned, circulars given over to greed and petty claims, and loved even as they... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at The Red HOT Pen
No doubt, I have been an audacious teacher/writer. Not only have I burned numerous flimsy bridges with my writing, but I have also managed to make the nebulous appear obvious. Maybe this is why districts, an outdated and secretive, protective and nondemocratic, typically top heavy structure, do nothing to support... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2016 at The Red HOT Pen
Today I am sitting at my computer thinking about the pleasant dream I had last night, the kind of dream that lets you know that everything is on the right track again, convincing me that a fairy has been dusting my bed with positive energy every night for the last... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at The Red HOT Pen
Right now I am standing over my book cart in my classroom thinking about why so many teachers leave the profession before their fifth anniversary, and I think I can offer a few answers. Today I completed a survey asking questions about the leadership at my campus, and while I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at The Red HOT Pen
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This piece serves as an allegory where the fruit metaphorically conveys a hermetical tenor. At first reading I really believed Thoreau was simply suggesting that we harvest only the fruits found in our area, simplifying life and minimizing our reliance on capitalism. On the surface the entry is seemingly very... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at The Red HOT Pen