My list of things to write about when I’m stuck.

  • Books that I’m currently reading; book reviews about books I’m reading or have recently read.
  • Books that shaped the person I am today.
  • The process of writing.
  • Metacognition, or thinking about thinking.
  • Stories that I have read in the news, especially The New York Times.
  • My response to Op-Ed pieces published in The New York Times, or other news sources.
  • Response to interesting blog posts on just about any topic under the sun. If it exists, I have an opinion on it.
  • Films that I’ve recently watched, or am reminded of; film reviews.
  • My niece and nephews, who are becoming such interesting individuals.
  • Students! How much I learn from them; how much they push me to be a better educator; their zest for life, desire to seek new territory and find new and better ways to do things.
  • The gender gap in education.
  • The professional cycling circuit; its ups and downs, heroes and villains, the problems caused by drug abuse.
  • Cycling: road, mountain biking, single speed
  • Birds and birding
  • Places I’ve visited, especially Wales and the UK.
  • Smaller trips I’ve taken closer to home: backpacking, sight seeing, skiing, climbing, caving, and kayaking in the US and Canada
  • Places I want to visit.
  • The JMT.
  • Literary theory.
  • Louisa May Alcott and pretty much everything she has written.
  • Nineteenth-century American and British literature.
  • Reviews of good young adult books.
  • Concerts I’ve attended.
  • Song lyrics that blow me away with their truth and beauty.
  • Ron Hawkins.
  • Popular culture, especially trends in American culture that are reflected in the literature, music, and film produced by it.
  • Swimming.
  • Poems that I love; poems that I don’t understand.
  • Haikus.
  • My husband!
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