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Keeping Latin fresh &current at the high school takes up most of my week, but I managed to write pieces on topics ranging from abuse in sports to Ovid at @TheWeek @HuffPost @mcsweeneys @NBCNewsTHINK @swimswamnews @sentantiq @The_Belladonnas @scsclassics & @Paideiainstitut THREAD
Jan: It can be hard to build a solid secondary Latin program, especially when there is no L in STEM Here's my piece for In Medias Res about a few easy strategies for keeping your dead language program alive via @PaideiaInstitute #LatinTeach #TeachAncient

medium.com/in-medias-res/…
Jan: I wrote Latin mottoes for your overrated university in 2017 and made a sequel of honest state mottoes for the new year.

Massachusetts: Tacete, scimus nos asperos esse
“Shut up, we know we are rude”

On @McSweeneys

mcsweeneys.net/articles/new-l…
Feb: Why are we Latin teachers still spreading the narrative of the happy slave? I wrote this piece after I read the @SPLC report on teaching slavery and speaking with @ProfJeffries, @SarahEBond, & @spiderworldwide. STOP sugarcoating slavery #LatinTeach

medium.com/in-medias-res/…
Mar: Too often, adults fail to intervene when they suspect abuse: "Improved mandated reporter training, however, is useless if there are systemic, institutional flaws incompatible with the protection of children and prevention of abuse." via @HuffPost

huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-…
Mar: The #MeToo movement has helped so many survivors break the silence associated w/ sexual violence, but children really aren't in a position to disclose in the same way. I wrote about that for @TheWeek

theweek.com/articles/74963…
Apr: Not written, but I gave a TEDx talk in Greenville about childhood trauma. It is time we recognize trauma is in our neighborhoods, schools, & homes. If we can ID flu symptoms, we should be able to ID PTSD symptoms. It is treatable. #PTSD @TEDx

May: I became obsessed with obelisks when I visited Rome in March. My biggest focus was how the Romans got them from Egypt to Rome. But every aspect of obelisks, from their birth to present day condition, is miraculous via @Paideiainstitut

medium.com/in-medias-res/…
May: Over at @swimswamnews, I wrote about abuse culture in USA Swimming, including their shame Safe Sport program. Since I wrote the article and interacted w/ USA Swimming leadership, they've conducted an audit of their Safe Sport materials. Baby steps.

swimswam.com/shouts-from-th…
June: More mottoes for @McSweeneys! This round was for Trump-era government entities.

Oval Office
Hae parietes talem cladem nunquam viderunt
“These walls have never seen such a disaster.”

👉🏼By the way, I am extremely here for all of your motto needs.

mcsweeneys.net/articles/latin…
June: The inestimable @Hogshead3Au and I wrote this piece on the systemic failings of the USOC, which were evident well before the Ropes & Gray report. It is high time Congress fix what they fund. Our country deserves better. via @HuffPost

huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-…
Aug: It was Herman Melville's birthday, so I got over my disdain for Moby Dick and wrote this piece for @McSweeneys. Who knew Herman Melville was so woke?

Q: And BBQ Becky?
A: “It was the whiteness of the whale that above all things appalled me.”

mcsweeneys.net/articles/herma…
Sept: Last year, I let my Latin II/III class choose what they read for the second half of the class. It was a ton of work, but it paid off in terms of student engagement / learning. Read about it here, via @Paideiainstitut #LatinTeach #TeachAncient

medium.com/in-medias-res/…
Sept: I deciphered What Your Favorite School Supplies Say About You for @The_Belladonnas

4 boxes of 24 crayons
You had braces both as a kid and as an adult but never wore your retainer so your bottom teeth are currently at right angles to one another.

thebelladonnacomedy.com/what-your-favo…
Nov: To commemorate the 2000th anniversary of Ovid's death, I read Heroides and wrote three articles about it. Here's one on the world's love-hate relationship with Heroides via @Paideiainstitut

medium.com/in-medias-res/…
Nov: More on Ovid's Heroides for @Paideiainstitut. Do you want to read an article about Latin poetry that also includes the music video for Fleetwood Mac's Little Lies? I thought so. #LatinTeach #TeachAncient

Here it is:

medium.com/in-medias-res/…
Nov: I discovered a long, lost Caesar text all about Manicula, little hands. The first piece on raking forests in Finland led to weekly updates on the lost Bellum Incivile. Here's the one on the shutdown & wall (in Latin & English). via @sentantiq

sententiaeantiquae.com/2018/12/23/bel…
Nov: If we want a more diverse field, we need to start well before the post-secondary level. For @scsclassics I wrote about diversifying Latin in MS and HS. Does your program mirror the demographics of your school? If not, read this: #LatinTeach

classicalstudies.org/scs-blog/danie…
Dec: Proof my degree in mental health counseling has not gone to waste. Via @Paideiainstitut, my final piece on Ovid's Heroides & the therapeutic value of writing. #LatinTeach #TeachAncient

medium.com/in-medias-res/…
Dec: People hear "Olympic Movement" & think "elite athletes only," but the USOC's abuse-friendly culture affects all levels of athletes. This is not just a Nassar/ gymastics/ elite athlete problem via @NBCNewsThink

nbcnews.com/think/opinion/…
Final thought: If you've always wanted to write, stop wanting to write, and actually write. I think we all take our stories/ perspectives/ expertise for granted. What you have to say is valuable. Don't keep it to yourself. END
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