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Irene 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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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My Favorite Author I am an old-crazy-cat-lady that writes. I have ascended to this august status from the state of just plain crazy cat-lady that reads prolifically! You might wonder, but probably wouldn’t ever, now, which author does a b@+$h!t writer with a runaway imagination like best? The answer is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2020 at The Red HOT Pen
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The pandemic and one crazy dream full of screaming and desperation threw the hollow fruitlessness of my life back in my dumb face. For example, I assumed that someone that I missed and loved was far away living happily in some wooded, cool area with a lot ferns and drizzle,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2020 at The Red HOT Pen
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Creeps and pervs all over the place, and like I should expect something different considering the times. The chimes on my patio quiver with each circulation of my neighbor's air conditioner, and I wonder if I'm safe to sit out and watch the stars, or if I'm just breathing in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2020 at The Red HOT Pen
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It's my late brother's birthday today, and usually I dedicate this date to him as a sort of holiday or time of reflection. But today is so incredibly bizzarro with Covid-19 declared as a pandemic and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo shut down, that I'm just totally discombobulated, like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2020 at The Red HOT Pen
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No doubt this virus is nothing to joke about because of its dark nature. Look at all of the souls it has recently dispatched, and the intense suffering that it's causing around the globe. If the Trump administration and the CDC are resistant to calling this calamity a pandemic, if... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at The Red HOT Pen
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Writing in juxtapositions hyphenates how circular and connected everything in the world is. When I interact with my dogs, I parallel their train of thought with my own because I respect the brain, the little soul, that exists in this furry, needy, little body. As Lukács relates his theory of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2020 at The Red HOT Pen
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Honestly, I never expected this year's Ramble to make me so happy. Saint Arnold's Brewery didn't disappoint us by hosting everyone in their beautiful patio, and the Astros made the night more fun by winning the game against the Yankees sending our proud city to the World Series another time.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2019 at The Red HOT Pen
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Copied from a friend: Right at this moment I am experiencing the frustration of trying to undo the damage and neglect that happens when teachers fail to take any composition theory courses or engage in any practicums or actual student teaching. I'm basically cleaning up after people that think that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2019 at The Red HOT Pen
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Have you ever thought about what happens to a student, friend, colleague, or partner when you refuse to grant them a fresh start? What if we hauled our students into the principal’s office at the beginning of a fresh semester and reminded them of everything they had been accused of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2019 at The Red HOT Pen
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My long journey into education, tough and fraught with peril, has been padded by a long list of fabulous supporters and teachers. Just this summer, I finished a week long training with 29 other people facilitated by a professional that truly knew his content and cheered us all on with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2019 at The Red HOT Pen
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Jul 14, 2019
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Jul 14, 2019
I write about neoliberalism in my blog, and I also write about ethics since my blog is just a social critique. I have had such interesting experiences working as a teacher in a prominent (controversial) charter school chain. While I don't necessarily always call my school district out, these experiences have raised a virtual truckload of interesting questions even though most of the posts that are up now are a bit general. Your insight would be fabulous if you have time to comment. www.redhotpen.com Thank you for taking on these difficult questions, and I hope you acquire more devoted readers. In just this one post you remind us of the responsibilities of corporations, most of whom could care less about the social fabric of their communities or the well being of their employees. Since so many have forgotten the word "ethical," any kind of a reminder is valuable...
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2019 on Is it Time To Give Up on Capitalism? at Ethics Sage
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Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism is a tough read. And sometimes I wish I hadn't struggled through her dense prose because much of it is making me sick with worry. I feel like an old time fortune teller because everything that I learned in the book is relevant to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2019 at The Red HOT Pen
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Falling down the stairs and jamming my foot under the metal bookcase reaffirmed my belief in my lack of grace and physical talent. The fact that I’m having trouble typing this proves I’ve been lazy about writing since I finished up grad school. The humiliating trip to Macy’s today for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2019 at The Red HOT Pen
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May 2, 2019