Who am I (today)?

I’m from Columbia, SC. I’m a former teacher, writer, researcher, musician, and volunteer public education advocate. I started this newsletter mainly because I would encounter questions or arguments online that called for a more careful and well-researched response than an offhand reply on social media. I have continued because I find it very rewarding and a great outlet.

But it’s also sometimes a lot of work. Most posts involve 1-2 weeks of research, writing, editing, and revision. Many involve access to paywalled news sources that paid subscriptions and donations help me to continue.

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I’m a former public high school English and research teacher, now a writer, musician, and education advocate, living in Columbia, SC.