I am killing two birds with one post this Wednesday morning, the third day of April, and mangling a metaphor as I do. Since I was too tired to post my usual Tuesday Teaser, I will do so now and also begin fulfilling a poetry goal for National Poetry Month. Reading a whole collection of poems is my wish, and I will choose my Tuesday Teaser from blogging friend, Jen Payne’s Evidence of Flossing.

Her introduction leads with a quote, “When we try to pick out anything by itself,

we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.-John Muir, July 27, 1869”

“In a dream once, I saw the fabric of the

Universe. It was clearly laid out in fine strands of

translucent white dots, as if one were standing

inside a room full of beaded curtains

In the first few moments after waking, I

understood clearly that everything is connected;

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My First Article in the Houston Chronicle

Without Ritual, Autonomous Negotiations

I have now been published in the Houston Chronicle – the 4th largest paper in the United States!! The digital version is live now. It’ll be in tomorrow’s print edition, too. The article is Trendy Chick-fil-A Boycotts Don’t Go Far Enough” Please read it and share it! Thanks!

This is my first publication of THIS kind, so it’s very exciting for me. This OpEd is also part of my ever-growing desire/goal to regularly write for larger and more formal publications than this blog allows. 

Dr. Andrew Joseph Pegoda 

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HOORAY!!! National Poetry Month, April 2019

Literacy and Me

What are your plans to celebrate? I have so many ideas swirling around in my head, I don’t know where to start. Tomorrow, I have plans to finish up some poetry lessons for Mrs. Villereal’s bi-lingual, first grade class at the primary school across the street from my subdivision where I volunteer. We wrote an impromptu poem about a dinosaur named Senor Jack, and the kids insisted in the last line be”Roar, Roar, Roar!” I “inherited” enough copies of “Tyrannosaurus Was A Beast,” Dinosaur Poems by Jack Prelutsky and illustrator Arnold Lobel to give one to each student in the class. Here is one of the poems to give you an idea of the delightful theme:

“Allosaurus liked to bite,

His teeth were sharp as sabers,

it frequently, with great delight,

made mincemeat of its neighbors.”

And it continues with three more verses. The title poem is as follows:


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