Michael M. Guevara

Illustrative images of teenagers reading books, sitting on a brick wall. Above them are speech bubbles with emojis showing how they feel about the books: a smile for happiness, COOL, a crown, and a heart.

If You Build It, They Will Read

Last week during her first week of school, I had a conversation with a fresh-out-of-college-first-year teacher who was spending her evenings typing up grammar practice slides to keep students busy and, hopefully, ward off behavior issues. 

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Dates, Death, and Dybbuks—Oy vey!

Earlier this summer, my oldest son was making random conversation at dinner about the foolishness of dating aphorisms, like how you shouldn’t talk about politics or religion on the first date. He asked if we could even imagine his brother, our middle child, on a date with someone who didn’t share...

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Hits, Hoverboards, and Alternate Realities

Back in the days before television screens were flat, before we had televisions in every room of the house, before crazy high screen resolutions let us see every line, wrinkle, and flaw on previously unflawed celebrities, I remember watching a boxing match during the Olympics with friends and...

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Cheers to Stolen Memories

Way back in the day, we had this thing called Must See TV. And one of the shows you had to “must-see” was Cheers. Set in a bar in Boston, the show operated around the premise that “sometimes you want to go where everyone knows your name.”

Purple background with book, The Darkness Outside Us pictured. The cover shows two young men standing close together inside a spaceship.

Catfish in Space?

For some bizarre reason, I’ve recently gotten into the MTV show Catfish. Basically, it’s a documentary show where the hosts help people track down someone who they have met or fallen in love with online. The catch—they have never met in person (and many times, think that something seems fishy).