Category Archives: Performative Utterance

Apologize to your mother

(It turns out Snarly and Sumac have slightly different apology approaches, as you’ll see.) Here at SorryWatch we are grieved and intrigued* to find that not everyone agrees about the goodness of good apologies. There are many reasons for this … Continue reading

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Is there any act too horrible for a Tshirt thief?

Joseph Sledge stole some T-shirts from a department store. Shoplifting. Is a crime. In middle school, high school, and college, I knew kids who shoplifted. Naming no names. Little did we realize how that leads to a lifetime of suffering. … Continue reading

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making kids apologize (cuppa comme ci comme ca)

Lots of viral buzz about a post, on a blog called cuppacocoa, from a teacher named JoEllen, about how she makes her class apologize. Some of her ideas work for me; some emphatically don’t. Let’s discuss!

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Feeling matrimonial

Jean Quan, mayor of Oakland, California, keeps being forced to have difficult conversations about using her cell phone while driving. Or not. Most recently, Quan’s car was involved in a fender-bender. The other driver said Quan, talking on a cell … Continue reading

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