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Just after having eaten a delicious breakfast in Charleston. Don’t I look satisfied?

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Suppose it’s a Saturday

It’s April Fools Day, and I can’t take a joke. Like, at all. Every time I’ve been fooled or pranked or tricked, the way I feel is not amused, but ashamed. It feels like everyone set against me, like I‘ve brought shame upon myself by falling for it. I know, party pooper, right? I blame long-undiagnosed autism and the aftershocks of trauma…. But other than that, I’m super fun! No joke, I can have fun, but often when I’m doing it, I feel bad for not doing some other thing I should be doing. And I also spend a lot…

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About Anne Elrod Whitney

Anne Elrod Whitney, Ph.D. is a writer and educator working at the intersections of literacy, learning, emotions, and being a human. By day, she’s Professor of Education at Penn State University, working with current and future teachers; on her own time, she has also worked with adults and children in families, workshops, churches, camps, and retreats using writing as a tool for reflection, learning, connection, and contemplation. Anne’s publications include books and articles for teachers, educational research, and occasional op-eds. Her latest book, Inkwell, guides readers through writing practices that help us connect to our spiritual selves.

Threaded through all of her work is a conviction that writing and other literacies are strong tools for reflection, learning, self-understanding, and healing. After all, everything she knows about how to be a person has in some way emerged from a lifetime of reading and writing.

A native Texan and lover of hot weather, Anne inexplicably now lives in central Pennsylvania with her two children, two parakeets, and piles and piles of books. When not writing, she can be found learning the piano as an adult beginner, singing in local choirs or in the shower, overcommitting to projects that sound fun but are then overwhelming, or reading next to a body of water (whether it’s the ocean or the neighborhood pool).

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