J.B. Blackford

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

RE: Thanks for the mail, Donors Choose!

“Fun” mail is a luxury anymore. Almost every day, my mailbox brims with recyclable junk, bills, and “grown-up” stuff to deal with. On some rare, peaceful days, the mailbox is … Continue reading

June 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Students in Print: 826 National Cultivates Creative Writing

Writing is important because it’s a way to communicate. It’s important because it’s a way to express yourself. It’s important because — even in the digital age — we need … Continue reading

March 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

Money Where My Mouth Is

In two previous posts, I reminisced about being read to as a child and ranted about illiteracy and its effect on such a large portion of children in this country, … Continue reading

October 26, 2012 · 2 Comments