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Welcome to Can’t Fake Time, the joint blog of two childhood best friends who have somehow managed to remain best friends well into adulthood.

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  • White Saviorism… and How to Avoid it
    I’ve had glitter bottles in my classroom as long as I’ve had a classroom, but this year – after much expertise gleaned from years of practice – my bottles were so particularly beautiful that my students talked me into selling them. (Here’s a shameless plug […]
  • Character Prompt: A Day Off
    On the third Wednesday of the month, I am going to start posting a character prompt to create opportunities to explore characters. You can share your responses to the character prompt on my discord or in the comments of the post. The idea is to […]
  • First Monday Goals: SMART Goals
    Welcome to a new feature on Can’t Fake Time: First Monday Goals. Each month, on the first Monday of the Month, I’ll post some kind of goalsetting strategy or reflection, usually geared toward writing and creative processes because that’s what I do. Then, I’ll check […]
  • Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: Sneaky, Not-So-Anti-Racism
    Resources that sound progressive and anti-racist might be white supremacy in disguise, so anti-racist educators need to be careful. Here are some red flags to pay attention to. 
  • Villainizing the term “Woke”
    Have you ever said a word over and over and over and noticed how quickly it loses its meaning? If not, try it – just pick the closest object on your left, and repeat the word thirty or forty times and pay attention to how […]
  • Shifting from Should to Want
    You’d think that you’d know your own thoughts better than anyone else, right? You are your own constant companion, the audience to and performer of everything that happens in your brain. But, at least for me, two things tend to get in the way of […]
  • Is “Systemic Racism” Real?
     “When the architects of our great republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as […]
  • A Camera Is a Shield
    I was recorded in public by a black person a few months ago after a near-accident in a parking lot. (I misjudged the timing of an oncoming car as I turned left into a parking spot, and we narrowly missed each other. She confronted me […]
  • Panic Attack
    Today, I saw my husband have a panic attack. On our way home from the gym, we decided to check an errand off our list with a trip to the ATM. We needed to bop home for Dido’s wallet, but luckily it was on the […]
  • Black History Month: Reflections and Recommendations
    I’m sorry this post is delayed – February 2020 felt rather normal, but by March, the world was falling apart and the truth is that I lost a lot of my drive to write. However, with the recent incidents bringing racism into the forefront again […]
  • Reflections on Resolutions: Getting Fit
    For New Years, I think it’s important to reflect because – for the first time ever! – I actually achieved two of my resolutions. This post will be about the first. I made working out a part of my life. My husband of ten years […]
  • Paper Edits and Positive Editing
    Let’s Talk Paper Edits. I’ve done it before. I’ll probably do it again. But I lost track of whatever old blog has my thoughts and process, and I want to get back into a habit of blogging this year, so here we go. In my […]
  • My NaNoWriMo Project: #NaNoRBG
    I’ve dubbed my NaNoWriMo project #NaNoRBG, not so much because it has anything to do with Ruth Bader Ginsberg or the Supreme Court particularly. More because of Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s quote: “When I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court] […]
  • Doctor Who: More Please!
    Today is one of those days when I dearly miss my friend Jason. His birthday is coming up, and also I would love to share the new Doctor Who with him. He’s the friend who introduced me to Doctor Who, who started me on Eighth […]
  • Lirael, and Being Whoever You Are
    Note, reiterated: There’s no such thing as spoilers for a book that’s more than, like, ten years old. Still, if you want to read the Old Kingdom series for yourself untainted, here there be spoilers. You have been warned. Look, somehow, I can’t start talking […]
  • Horror Movie Marathon
    I found myself with a lonely day: my roommates were tired, my husband traveling, Stephanie already back at school. I embraced this – after a weekend cruise that involved crowds, a cramped cabin, and constant stimulation, a day to chill was welcome. So I googled: […]
  • If Reading Builds Empathy…
    Note: This is an opinion piece. This is not a scholarly essay. It’s not going to have well-cited sources. I’ve read all the books I discuss here. I’ve been forced to read them in high school, and re-read them for graduate school. I’ve read teacher […]
  • Sabriel, and Local Problems
    I’ve been taking far, far, far too long to get around to reading Clariel and Goldenhand by Garth Nix, and I decided that in order to get myself in the right place to do it, I would reread the original Old Kingdom books. I have […]
  • What Happened When Joseph Reported
    Okay, so, there’s this story in the bible. A servant is just doing their servant thing, when an individual in a position of power in the household where they serve attempts to rape them. The servant refuses because they don’t want to break the commandments […]
  • Writing Contest: Three… two…. one….!
    So, my bestie, Steph, talked me into participating in a writing contest, which I hadn’t done since college. It was a fun endeavor, though, more like improv comedy than short-story writing. The premise is simple: on a designated Friday night, you receive a prompt that […]
  • Part 3: White Fragility in The Hate U Give: The White Ally
    In contrast to Hailey, whose white fragility worsens throughout the book, Starr’s boyfriend, Chris, is provides a dynamic look at the “white ally.” He comes from a wealthy family, goes to a private school, but he’s enamored with black culture and dates one of the […]
  • Part 2: White Fragility in The Hate U Give: The Racist Joke
    This post will examine Hailey, one of Starr’s friends who displays racially problematic behavior throughout the book and demonstrates white fragility clearly. In one moment in the story, the teenagers observe a basketball game and joke about their “food babies” after a hefty lunch of […]
  • Part 1: White Fragility in The Hate U Give
    Walking selfie!  This summer, I made a commitment to walking 3-4 miles a day for fitness. I live in a house with four other people who all do Crossfit, but that’s not really my speed. (It’s not only hard as hell, but it’s also a […]
  • Point of View: Choosing the Right Perspective
    This first draft manuscript I’m working on right now has me thinking a lot about perspective, when to shift perspective, and whose perspective matters most in any given moment. I’ve got a central protagonist, but it’s also a bit of an ensemble cast with multiple […]