Other Published Works

Fatherly.com “Why I’m Secretly Happy When My Daughter Gets Sick”

ExcerptNo, I don’t miss seeing my daughter in obvious pain and discomfort. I don’t miss losing sleep worrying about her health. And I certainly don’t miss sticking a thermometer in her butt. I do miss the baby cuddles, though.

Embers Igniting, 2018 issue

Excerpt: “Faith is a long, decent walk in the dark.” Sometimes, faith is camp songs and fellowship. Sometimes, faith is trusting the guides who’ve walked the path before you. Sometimes, faith is a long, bruising midnight ride through the jungle on a stubborn horse named Jasper. 

 

Blog post: “The Battle for Reading High School” on ElizabethAWhite.com

ExcerptIn my novel Reading Blue Devils, the student revolution to take over the school percolated in the bathrooms. The setting was where the rebellious writings and the treasonous whisperings could promulgate discontent without punishment. Here’s why. In most schools, the bathrooms are segregated by hierarchy: students and staff. This separation of church and state is a double-edged sword. On one hand, unmonitored teens rarely lead to a pattern of good decisions. However, privacy for teachers to relieve themselves is a blessing that those outside the education field can only barely understand. It’s a fun conundrum to consider: faculty bathrooms or integrated commodes (forget the gender bathroom debate for a moment).

 

Haiku Journal, Issue 54

 

Author interview: The Writing Life of: Jonathan Bennett

 

Guest Post: Why the high school setting is a challenge…

Excerpt: High school. Two words that represent four or more years of our lives. The best of times and the worst of times. The age of wisdom. The age of foolishness. The season of light. The season of darkness. The spring of hope. The winter of despair. The fall of rationality. The summer of hormones. Presenting a story in this setting is fraught with many challenges, pitfalls, and distinct joys.

 

Guest post: Senioritis

Excerpt: There’s a word to describe the feeling of wanting to disrobe while you dance—mbuki-mvuki. Imagine using that to justify your stupid behavior. “Why are you naked?! You are freaking out the wedding party and all the guests!” “Oh, I’m sorry. I have mbuki-mvuki.”

This is what we let our kids do with senioritis, and it’s why we need to expel the word from our vocabulary.

 

 

Numerous postings on my parents’ refrigerator.  Not to brag, but…too many to list