J.B. Blackford

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

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

6 Questions for a Hippie Homeschooler: An Interview

A good friend and previous colleague of mine, Shannon Johnson, recently began homeschooling her eleven-year-old son, Zion, and her approach is radically different than anything I’ve experienced. In six questions, … Continue reading

April 27, 2013 · 3 Comments

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

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

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

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

Teaching (with a little bit of trickery?)

When I started this blog several days and drafts ago, it was supposed to be a drive-by drop-off of a few online resources I used for students while teaching English … Continue reading

August 30, 2012 · 1 Comment

The “fiery static atom” Dilemma

I am trying to reinvent myself, or, I guess, “invent” is really the correct word because I never took seriously any of the other social networking pages of which I … Continue reading

July 31, 2012 · 1 Comment