J.B. Blackford

Refine. Hone. Distill. The self is a text, too.

Cover Songs Are to Tone…

…as lyrics are to poetry. Writing as an art, or even as a basic necessity, is a notion continually challenged by many students, and the classes of 60 to 90 … Continue reading

March 6, 2013 · 10 Comments

Dear Pen: Tell Me How to Write

Is it possible for a piece of technology to be obsolete before it’s even released? We should find out this fall when Lernstift unveils a pen that vibrates when you … Continue reading

February 20, 2013 · 2 Comments

Consider the Con: Obstacles to Homeschooling

On the topic of homeschooling, I’ve already covered some basic requirements and structure. I’ve also used my own experience to illustrate elements of homeschooling that I feel are essential for … Continue reading

January 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Homeschooled (and not THAT weird).

Between holidays, an influx of editing projects, and needing catharsis with my post about gun violence, I’ve dropped the ball a bit on the homeschooling series I promised. Each time … Continue reading

December 28, 2012 · 4 Comments

Literacy: A Christmas Miracle?

When I was growing up, and still to this today, every kid in my family got a “Christmas book.” It now extends to sons- and daughters-in law, nephews, nieces, and … Continue reading

December 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Extending or Ending the Disconnect

This is not what I usually do here. Just a few months ago, in this page’s first post, I said that my purpose was to talk about editing, writing, reading … Continue reading

December 18, 2012 · 1 Comment

Once upon a Homeschooling Story…

Such a large portion of almost every American’s life is education: We do the mandatory baker’s dozen of school years and increasingly go on to undergraduate, post-graduate, and sometimes even … Continue reading

December 11, 2012 · 5 Comments

A Night with Neil Gaiman Is Worth a Bucket of Snot

This blog is almost two weeks late. I wanted to write about┬áNeil Gaiman’s one-stop Pittsburgh “tour” as soon as possible, but I took a gamble: I went out to see … Continue reading

November 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Reader Interrupted: The Editor’s Curse

Devoting the majority of my educational electives to subjects that would hone my editing pen-blade was a choice I still wholly advocate. I exhausted innumerable hours and highlighters wrapping and … Continue reading

November 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bibliotheque, Biblioteca, Bibliothek

Books have made a junkie out of me. I need to be surrounded by them, constantly rotating my way through multiple volumes stacked around the house on couch arms and … Continue reading

October 30, 2012 · Leave a comment