Do I Call it a « Homestay? »

Originally posted on Travel Oops:
Northern Vietnam, near Sapa: May 2014 Sitting in a Hmong living room in remote Northern Vietnam with ten other freshly showered tourists doing shots of rice wine while cellphones charged and Eminem blasted from iPod speakers on the shelf above a cooler containing multiple cans of Coca Cola, bottles of Aquafina…

The right words, the right time.

Originally posted on sara barnard:
Fourteen years ago, I wrote a story about a girl. I was thirteen at the time, and writing stories was what I did. And not just about girls. Planets that spoke to each other, mice who lived in the Underground, magic meerkats and friendly boats. Writing was my thing; it was…

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The Truth of Memories

Originally posted on wanderingbarkhumanities:
Yesterday in class, my students and I discussed the function of memory in multiple modes of storytelling: fiction, nonfiction, and metafiction. One of my students, experiencing the lovely disequilibrium of learning, said, « Miss, my brain hurts from this. I don’t know what’s real anymore. » I love those moments of learning. Sometimes,…