Packing for 3 Weeks Off-Grid in Costa Rica

packing costa rica

I spent three weeks in Costa Rica in July 2017. Here’s what I packed.

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Pablo Neruda – Sonnet LXVI Translation

I have some nearly forgotten Spanish floating in my brain that I wouldn’t mind renewing a bit. Neruda came up in a conversation the other day–specifically his “La Poesía,” which you can read in Spanish or English. I wanted to take a look back at reading his poetry in the original language. What follows is my (likely quite poor) translation of his Sonnet LVVI, “I do not love you except because I love you.”

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PETE&C 2016 Recap


Last week, I attended and presented at PETE&C in Hershey, PA. That’s Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference to you. Here’s a recap!

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Book Review: Hard Love & Its Diverse YA Genius

Hard Love Ellen Wittlinger

Ellen Wittlinger’s 1999 novel Hard Love tells the story of a boy who falls in love with a lesbian over their shared interest in making zines. Yes, zines. Remember those?

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5 Ways to Rock Your First Professional Conference

ISTE conference

I’m still early enough in my career that attending conferences is not old hat quite yet, but I’ve been to enough to have experience that may benefit you. Most of the following relates to big conferences and first-timers, but lots of it can apply to any conference and any level of experience. Here are five things I wish I’d known before attending my first professional conference.

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Pitching to a Literary Agent… & more! (PWC: Day 1)


I had an amazing time at the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference! As a way to extend my experience and regroup from the typical ‘conference information overload,’ I wanted to do a few posts about what I got out of my time. Here goes Day 1!

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