‘O Me! O Life!’: Taking My Own Advice

One of the shortest of Walt Whitman’s great poems, ‘O Me! O Life!’ was featured in the 1989 film Dead Poets Society: Robin Williams’s character recites it to his class. ‘O Me! O Life!’ contains many of the features of Walt Whitman’s greatest poetry: the free verse rhythm, the alternation between long and short lines, […] […]

The Power of Positive and Negative Talk

This semester I am teaching Interpersonal Communication for the first time. The class focuses on relationships and how they are formed, maintained, and/or destroyed through communication. One of the required readings for the course is the book Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. In Chapter 1 of the book, Gladwell discusses the psychologist John Gottman, author of […]

Back to basics

It’s been over three years since I last wrote on this blog. I considered deleting it multiple times, but then I would hold off for the hope that I could one day go back to writing just for fun. In the time that has passed, I got married to my wonderful partner Jason, we got […]