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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
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.
Recent Activity
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
This is a post I recently placed on that generated nearly 150 responses from my neighbors. Dear Marvelous Neighbors, This morning my teenage son backed out of our driveway and into the neighbor's SUV that was parked on the street. He takes full responsibility for his accident and he... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 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
I don't know how I get in the messes I do, but sometimes I just look around and laugh. Because if I didn't laugh at this stuff, I'd be crazy by now. For the past week, my neighbors and I have been living with this trash pile, and some of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 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
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
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Aug 11, 2016
Any true Thoreauvian would already have made note of some of the interesting parallels between today’s social problems, and the contemptuous tone of Slavery. Not only that, any bona fide scholar would probably not even find these parallels noteworthy. But me ensconced in my Thoreauvian passions, busily kissing the cover... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at The Red HOT Pen
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Aug 7, 2016
The Ponds is my favorite Walden chapter because Thoreau is writing from his heart. He isn’t trying to impress anyone with his extensive vocabulary, his high GRE score, or his third-person-passive-voice-boring-sentence structure. He isn’t some disengaged Ivy League scholar speaking from the pages of a journal article, a journal article... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at The Red HOT Pen
Saying good-bye to “summer vacation” hurts, and it’s ever more painful when your precious time and money has been stolen by a greedy and selfish landlord, who is by nature a sniveling coward. The expense and time spent moving wiped out an entire month of our “summer” life, and now... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at The Red HOT Pen
So, next week I have to face another judgment, another appraisal of my worth----Granted, it may be that I am worth a little, but my mind is not captivated by the electronic line squiggling across the screen, or the perverse notion that others are less. But, instead, I am captivated... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at The Red HOT Pen
In this second part of my journal analysis, I would like to examine how Thoreau might have been trying to inspire future writers. Because he was a prolific writer, and because his art was so well-developed, I believe that in certain journal entries he was writing metacognitively in order to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2016 at The Red HOT Pen
I thought I had written you an honest comment about my email issue, and then I signed in and it disappeared! Just in case you have it, I won't go into it again...but my emails, while entertaining, are frequent flops. For some reason, I just don't care. It's like an obsession.
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