The other day, while working on this website, I revised my biographical details. But it felt inadequate to describe myself by what I have written, where I teach, any awards I may have been fortunate enough to receive.
So I decided to write three different biographies (okay, to be more precise, autobiographies): my educational autobiography, my writing autobiography, and my professional autobiography, which people typically use to introduce me when I speak or describe my work in convention programs.
I found it interesting and useful to think about these different lives I've created for myself. While we are busy thinking about how to help students make their own lives a story worth telling, we might find it worth thinking about our own. We might be reminded, as I was, that those students we worry about or who can frustrate us so much often bear a curious resemblance to the person we were at their age.
Here are my three versions of the path that has led me to you this morning.