If Readers Were Like Runners…


I’m convinced my friends are among the smartest and most compassionate on the planet when they, year after year, go to Disney World to run their half-marathons and 10Ks and don’t invite me. What on this earth would a thirty-something desk-fat workaholic do on an exer-cation in the middle of February? The answer is fall […]

February 21, 2015

What You Do When Everything Is Fine


I have wondered more than once whether, if a bank teller drew on my hands with one of those counterfeit bill detector markers and forced them under the light for examination, I’d have tells like those of a fake twenty. The word fraudcrosses my mind sometimes as I work stage right and stage left in […]

January 7, 2014

The Cost of Being Bookish


According to the Facebook fish flow, I am supposed to write an assigned number of true things about myself and be thankful for a unique thing each day of the month.  Me: Daina, how many?  Daina: How many what? Kids? How many animals?  Me: Just a number. Daina: Okay, fifty chickens. Me: What? That’s too […]

November 19, 2013

The Kind of People Who Ban Books


My daughter is twelve, which means the good folks at Barnes and Noble believe she loves paranormal romance novels and books with vampires in them so much so that 80% of the shelves in their teen section carry one, the other, or some combination of the two. Consequently, it has been increasingly and incredibly difficult […]

September 26, 2013

About Me, or A Teaching Philosophy in Disguise


One thing you should know about me is that, first and foremost, I am a writer. I enjoy sharing my passion for language and literature with students, and there are few places I’d rather be than in the classroom, slinging around ideas. Another thing you should know about me is that I’m a technology and […]

May 4, 2010