J.B. Blackford

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

Tattoo My Story: Breast Cancer, Ink, and Human Experience

All you have to do is see me in a short-sleeved shirt to know that I like tattoos. I’m a storyteller, so each tattoo has its reason, but I also know people … Continue reading

September 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Everyone’s Bad Haircut (Narrated by Sadie and Eva)

So I found this audio clip. It’s not really a big deal, less than three minutes of two little girls — ages three and five — talking to their dad … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · 2 Comments

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

A Night with Neil Gaiman Is Worth a Bucket of Snot

This blog is almost two weeks late. I wanted to write about Neil 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