Hello there world!
Well, it’s been a long day! I just arrived into Newark this evening from Heathrow after a two hour delay and seven hour flight.
I should be asleep, but instead, I’m writing.
I haven’t blogged in a few weeks but I’m not going to beat myself up about it (even though I promised myself I’d blog every Wednesday). I’ve been busy!
If June was the month of work-related drama and stress, then July is the month of traveling! I spent the beginning of July traveling to Kingston for a Qualitative Methods Summer School (a top-notch program!), mid-July, exploring Porto, Portugal for a conference (the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading) and now, well, I’m back home for a couple of weeks!
I’ve been doing some serious pondering this past month and I think it’s been good for me to spend more time reflecting than writing. Especially with the Hamilton OCR constantly running through my head, it’s easy to convince myself that I need to be busy busy busy, writing writing writing. Even though sometimes, it’s nice to just be.
This month, for a variety of reasons, I’ve realized that the reason I decided to research reading comprehension was because I love storytelling.
Storytelling is probably my favorite form of communication. It can captivate an audience or contextualize an argument. It can make a difficult concept easier to understand or help us empathize with people from different backgrounds. On the other hand, good storytelling can also be used for evil purposes, i.e., spinning a narrative to convince people that Trump should be the next president. Thus, I also think it’s important that the power of narrative/storytelling be more transparent. Let people know they’re being spun a story.
Anyway, this won’t be the last time I talk about storytelling on this blog, but…I ought to go to sleep!
Sweet dreams, everyone!