Monthly Archives: October 2011

Great First Lines

This summer, I immersed myself in a community of writers at a place called Star Island. I learned a lot during those seven days. I learned to figure out what’s at stake. To recognize words that say nothing. To write … Continue reading

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Not Now, I’m Busy!

Hi, how are you? It’s the cookie cutter, socially appropriate greeting. I say it every time I answer the phone…greet a friend….an acquaintance at work….a waitress at the local diner. And it has a cookie cutter, socially appropriate answer. Fine.  … Continue reading

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In Defense of Long Division

It is hard to say that anything is certain in life, but I’m quite sure a few things can be crossed off my shopping list for good. Film. Carbon paper. A watch you have to wind every day. Or ever. … Continue reading

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This Must Be Something Important – Memoir

In college, all education majors studied the teaching of reading Learning to read is a process, we were taught, so teaching reading was to be undertaken systematically. Phonics, consonant blends and diphthongs were to be introduced according to the assigned methodology … Continue reading

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Green Beans – Memoir

Photo: Hoover’s Farm Market, Lititz, PA July 2011 When I was growing up in Michigan, our family home was situated on five acres. By mid-May every year, Mr. Rathka from up the road pulled around back with his big farm … Continue reading

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