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

My Life-Changers: Teachers to Appreciate

While I didn’t get this post up in time for yesterday’s National Teacher Day, this entire week is devoted to recognizing and expressing gratitude for extraordinary educators.  Although I have … Continue reading

May 8, 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

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

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

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

Logophilia – Part Two

I know a lot of people who hate to read. Some of the most imaginative, inspired (and inspirational) individuals I’ve ever met shake their heads and say, “Oh I hate … Continue reading

September 24, 2012 · 1 Comment

Logophilia — Part One

As I edited my way through fine art/documentary photographer Charlee Brodsky’s soon-to-be POD book illuminating the stories of recovering single moms and their children at Sojourner House (SH), one of … Continue reading

September 4, 2012 · 3 Comments