Monthly Archives: April 2012

Abuse

            I’d like to report abuse.  Abuse of the blind, in fact, and more specifically, of me.  At the city theater of all places, a theater that is so accessible and sensitive to the needs of blind patrons that they … Continue reading

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A stand on poetry

            My husband is still hooked on Samuel Johnson, so over coffee this week, I heard about Johnson’s take on “modern” (18th century) poetry.  Johnson felt that “versification,” as in Milton’s sonnets with perfect rhythms, iambic pentameter, was out.  “They … Continue reading

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Learning from students

            Just read a very fine master’s thesis from one of the creative nonfiction students at Chatham.  She cites a 1997-study by the Department of Agriculture on food waste in the United States, amounting to an estimated 96 billion pounds … Continue reading

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My Love Affair with Squirrel Hill

            Central to our writing, most authors would say, is place, the location we come from, the setting in which we grew up.  Poet Kathleen Norris calls this our “emotional geography.”  With this definition in mind, my kids’ “place” is … Continue reading

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Cheers for good Samaritans

            I’ve been struck this weekend of the power of the busybody, or more accurately the Good Samaritan.  Our daughter, Leslie, told me of a student, Dwight, 13, who has a history of fighting at school, not doing class work … Continue reading

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