Author Archives: Tanya B

About Tanya B

A working mother, engaged in the good work of protecting public education for all mothers' children

Of Bakers, Balzers Baseball, and Birthdays: Introduction #Nerdlution #41

My sister has lived in the Valley of the Sun for over twenty years. Generally, I think she’s crazy to live in a desert full of strip malls. But her husband’s family is here, and all her friends, and it … Continue reading

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“Celebrating” Teachers: #Nerdlution #39

Reporting from Teaching & Learning 2014, sponsored by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. 5,000 educators have converged on the convention center in Washington D.C. for two days. It’s a fancy conference. The plenary sessions are held in a … Continue reading

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Taking the Stage with the Big Guns #nerdlution #38

Reporting from Teaching & Learning 2014, sponsored by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Yesterday it was my honor and pleasure to facilitate an expert panel at Teaching & Learning 2014. This was the culmination of several months’ work … Continue reading

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Notes from a Plane #Nerdlution #37

I’ve been sick for two weeks, but was finally feeling better this morning. I still have the cough, but not quite as wracking as it was, and the unending, sickening ache of my sinuses over my left eye had finally … Continue reading

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Bellies and Buffalos: A Book Review #Nerdlution #36

I’ve been stalking Tomas Moniz for months now, ever since the release of Bellies and Buffalos, hoping to get to a reading, hoping to pick up a copy of the book. He’s not that hard to stalk, by the way; … Continue reading

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# Nerdlution #35 Forty-Six

Today’s entry is another “It’s time for something completely different.” Its another hack, or copy-change exercise, or play-giarism, or whatever you like to call it. In this one I’ve hacked Sandra Cisneros microfiction piece “Eleven” which you can find approximately … Continue reading

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#Nerdlution #34: People Person

This week a friend of mine accused me of being a liar. “You say you don’t like people,” she said, “but every time you talk about a person, you like them, or love them, or say how awesome they are.” … Continue reading

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Hard Knocks #nerdlution #33

When I was a little girl I had a favorite uncle, Uncle Russ. I say this with every apology to all of my other wonderful uncles, but when I was five or six or ten or twelve, Uncle Russ was … Continue reading

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On Art, Artists, and Audience #nerdlution #32

This post deals with race, a subject that I am, truthfully, often nervous to talk or write about. I state my best intentions, and invite readers to use the comments section to engage in dialogue around ideas they think I … Continue reading

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#Nerdlution #31 Pardon the interruption

So. Its been several days since my last post. 50 posts in 50 days looks dismal. However, if there’s one thing running has taught me, since I’m not a very good runner, its that I can persevere (more on that … Continue reading

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