March 2016

  • The Fall of the Fantastic Four

    Fantastic Four: Vol. 1 – The Fall of the Fantastic Four This graphic novel collects the first five issues of the 2014 series of Marvel’s First Family. The story begins with swarm of monsters invading the city. Of course, the Fantastic Four get blamed for all of the destruction. To make matters worse, Johnny Storm loses […]

  • How I Feel Doing Midnight Radio

    Midnight Radio. Written by Ehud Lavski. Art by Yael Nathan. Contact: I feel like this when I do my Midnight Radio program. It feels like I belong there and I hope I connect with the listeners in the same way. Brilliant comic! Listen to My Show –  Word is Bond Rap Radio Monday Nights […]

  • True Enough isn’t The Real Truth – Dig Deeper!

    True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society by Farhad Manjoo The truth can be irrelevant. Facts can be used to prove just about anything. And in this day and age, we have some very skilled liars that can spread their “true enough” message out to the masses. How did we get to this place […]

  • The Absence of Fear is a Bad Thing in Batman’s Universe

    Batman The Dark Knight: Vol 1. Night Terrors Fear . . . “lives in every dark shadow — waits around every corner. It can be in two places at once . . . on the path ahead, yet somehow always behind you. Fear hides in every decision, questioning your every move. And it’s your fault. […]

  • The Gift Must Always Move

    I have never liked the term Indian Giver. Not only is it racist, it is wholly inaccurate. The First Nations People weren’t in the practice of giving presents and then taking them back. There was a cycle that was observed and for those outside of the culture, it was a little hard to understand. I […]

  • Doctor Who and Batman Too

    Doctor Who – The Wheel of Ice by Stephen Baxter I haven’t read much in the way of Doctor Who fiction, just a few comic books and a young adult novel. When I picked this book up from the library, I wasn’t even sure what incarnation of The Doctor was staring in this story. The […]

  • Great Advice on Becoming a How-To Writer

    How to Write & Sell Simple Information for Fun and Profit by Robert W. Bly Here are a few of the notes I took while reading this book . . . A how-to writer is a teacher in print. However, instead of teaching in a classroom, the how-to wroter does most of his teaching in written […]

  • Look, It’s Me! – Making Our Students Visible in Print

    I taught in Northern Ontario on a First Nation Reservation. It was pretty much at the top of the map of Ontario. There were no roads into this community. The only way to get there was to fly on a little charter plane and land on a dirt runway. In the winter, you could drive […]

  • Celebrating 4 Years of Word is Bond Rap Radio

    Tonight, we celebrate the 4th Anniversary of Word is Bond Rap Radio. It’s hard to believe that I started this show four years ago. I have had some great times on the airwaves, produced dozen of documentaries about hip-hop, interviewed close to 100 musicians, had live performances, and spun a lot of great music. We […]

  • A Novel of Scribbled Notes

    Life on the Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers This novel takes place entirely through the written word. More specifically, through notes that have been scribbled down as a mother is rushing to and from her job. She doesn’t seem to be able to balance home and work very well. As such, her daughter has to pick up […]