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LaWanda Eckert
Houston Texas
Love is what matters. Master of English.
Interests: I'm interested in 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
Sunday, time to reflect on the things that make your life worth living. I don't know what floats your boat, but I am happy to see bees in my garden. There is clover growing in sunny spots in the yard and the bees are visiting there. But what makes me... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2022 at The Red HOT Pen
Russia, a petulant, whining child, complains about the consequences of something that is entirely its own fault, the bloody invasion of Ukraine, an invasion based on obvious lies and foolishness. The rest of the world, according to the Kremlin, must capitulate and give them Ukraine. Why? Well, because it once... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2022 at The Red HOT Pen
I'm sitting here in Babin's Seafood place thinking about all I am grateful for: the wonderful little rescue Westie; the cozy, modern apartment; my wonderful friends and coworkers; the job that keeps me in society when I'd rather immerse myself in a massive writing project, alone and crazy. I'm grateful... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2022 at The Red HOT Pen
Travis likes his new status as an only child. I guess my terrible guilt about Bob passing away morphed into a type of overprotective indulgence, so I bought Travis new everything. He now owns two handmade leashes, one that even glows in the dark. I bought him a FAFO collar... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2022 at WestieDogDaze
I think it is amazing how you have managed to side step this genocide and unfairly and inaccurately minimize the impact on all nations and all free thinking people. For the first time in history we are experiencing this version of horror in real time on video and in the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2022 at The Red HOT Pen
Travis, the little dog man with a mind of his own, elevates my mood to blissful happiness--most of the time. We journeyed off together in my little sports car to Austin a couple of weekends ago and spent the night with my adult son at his musician colony. The night... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2022 at WestieDogDaze
All of these years we have sat around as a country and let Putin unleash genocide and terror on humanity with no consequences to him or his oligarchs. We enabled him to rise to this level where he can get away with threatening us with nuclear weapons and we sit... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2022 at The Red HOT Pen
I wish I could find a way to write about Bob and not start crying, but I'm just too sick and tired to fight. I never expected Bob to die like Bill did; even though I could see that he was failing in just a few short days, I just... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2022 at WestieDogDaze
A friend of mine recently theorized on the weird book burnings and bannings that are happening around the country, and all I want to say on the subject is that it is only a form of intimidation meant to conjure up images of Nazi boot lickers, and such, so that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2022 at The Red HOT Pen
Travis enjoying his Hulk shirt. I learned quite a bit about him in the last few days. I learned that he is terrified of anything being pulled off of his head. He fought back incredibly hard when I tried to take his sweater off, biting and twisting and snarling. After... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2022 at WestieDogDaze
JUST GO BUY A BOAT ~ Professor Lee Hester, author Due to personal stuff I haven't posted much... but I'll post this note out of frustration concerning people who are against Federal vaccine/masking mandates. I don't know why there is even a question, legally. Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2022 at The Red HOT Pen
The Dog and the Water Lily Originally by William Cowper (1731-1800) and selfishly "remixed" by me. No Fable The noon was shady, and soft airs Swept the Brazos' silent tide, When, 'scap'd from literary cares, I wander'd on his side. My Westie, most majestic of his breed, And high in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2022 at WestieDogDaze
I'm tan. It's true. This is January, but I have a golden blush on my skin, and I'm worried. Even though I live in a warm zone, I'm not supposed to look like I've been vacationing in Mexico, so my tan feels and looks unnatural to me. I don't mean... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2022 at The Red HOT Pen
I must admit that I love pretending that I'm fully invested in my English degree with a PhD in rhetoric and composition, but the truth is I only had time for a masters. Maybe when I retire, I can do the PhD for fun. If that's possible; if I have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2021 at The Red HOT Pen
Last January, my precious dog died. He was a nine-year old West Highland Terrier named Bill, a best friend to me. He helped me survive the early days of my new career by giving me unconditional love and companionship. He was a strange dog with some human characteristics, a sublime... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2021 at WestieDogDaze
It is impossible for me to quantify the many various ways that Bard College IWT has helped me become a more effective teacher. In the past, I participated in three week-long summer workshops on their campus that guided my pedagogy and introduced me to a bevy of other teachers from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2021 at The Red HOT Pen
First of all I would like to remind my readers that in spite of a stereotypical African American first name, I am a white person of western European descent with only a smattering of Native American thrown in. I know this for a fact because I took the 23&Me DNA... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2021 at The Red HOT Pen
The old saying that you can “lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink” stands true in my life. From students to relatives, to coworkers and friends, chronically dealing with people that prefer to overlook the obvious can be an exhausting and fruitless task, one I don’t... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2021 at The Red HOT Pen
Maybe I shouldn’t try to equate my experience with that of the willfully isolated philosopher and writer, Henry David Thoreau, but lately I’ve been subjected to a person of similar qualities. As most Americans know, Thoreau spent most of his life roaming around the countryside writing and thinking. During his... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2021 at The Red HOT Pen
After taking practicum in composition at the masters level, I am more convinced than ever that my campus should have a writing program administrator to help streamline assignments across disciplines and develop a common standard that reduces confusion and technical inconsistencies across departments. As a rule, professors write and publish... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2021 at The Red HOT Pen
I can't do my own writing anymore, especially after the angst and misery of Valentine's Day, and the month of love: the month of crazy, wild weather; the month of a near total Texas electricity blackout; the month of a broken service pipe; the month of extreme Covid swings; and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2021 at The Red HOT Pen
I sit here helplessly in my little living room /slash/ office area of my tiny little apartment in this huge metropolis and I listen to people that have never worked in a public school, in any capacity, talk about how safe it is to go back to the classroom. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2021 at The Red HOT Pen
Dear Readers, In this installment of my favorite cat lady tails, night animals collaborate to keep a human awake in the deep of the night. Something similar to the following story happened to me the night before last when I mistakenly left the doggie door open all night, and Bill... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2020 at The Red HOT Pen
My guest author sent me this bit of flash fiction below, and it made me start thinking more metaphorically. I wondered if in my desperation for love and guidance during this difficult time (as you know we must support our teachers, writers, artists, and musicians because they are dying off... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2020 at The Red HOT Pen