In Defense of Sand

In defense of children walking and crawling on surfaces that are uneven. In defense of buckets and pails and shovels used to build villages, castles and rivers. In defense of sand mixed with water. In defense of falling on something soft not made of petrol. (Unless your municipality or daycare bought plastic-covered sand; yes, that … Continue reading In Defense of Sand

Walking Rosemont

For someone who loves movement and geography, I often hesitate to cross the street or go for a walk. Standing at a street corner, looking at the traffic of humans and cars, I try to determine the timing of the traffic lights. Should I step off the curb? Will the light turn yellow? Will the … Continue reading Walking Rosemont

When Grammar and Geography Collide: Emigrant versus Immigrant

To emigrate is to exit a country; to immigrate is to come into a country. Emigrants exit; immigrants come in. E-E-I-I. How often have you heard or read this memory trick? It's repeated without thought, like a burp after a sip of soda: involuntary and expected. The emigrant/immigrant pair came up in the final assignment … Continue reading When Grammar and Geography Collide: Emigrant versus Immigrant