A Word of Advice to New Teachers: Excel in the Ordinary

About this time of year thousands of recent college grads and others will be receiving e-mails and letters telling them where and what they'll be teaching for the next two years of their lives. Teach For America is a non-profit that focuses on closing the achievement gap by recruiting our nation's top college-graduates and leaders for a … Continue reading A Word of Advice to New Teachers: Excel in the Ordinary

Driving Miss Daisy: A Conversation about Sharecropping, Racism, and the Gospel

Conversation with my wife's grandmother, Daisy, had been cordial and mostly forgettable...until she started talking about her childhood as a sharecropper. My wife, my son, me and Ms. Daisy had been driving in the car on our way back from Kansas City, Missouri after spending Easter with my in-laws.  A surge of wakefulness knocked me … Continue reading Driving Miss Daisy: A Conversation about Sharecropping, Racism, and the Gospel

Kool-Aid Pickles and Other Delta Delicacies

I lived in the Mississippi Delta long enough I sometimes forget how foreign certain aspects of the culture can be to others.  Particularly the food. When I referenced Kool-Aid pickles on the "About Me" page, I failed to remember that not everyone has had the privilege of learning about the unique flavors of the Delta. … Continue reading Kool-Aid Pickles and Other Delta Delicacies