The write questions

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I’m in the process of selecting three finalists in each class for our personal essay contest. At stake: a $35 Amazon card (thanks to parent donations). I have many F students who pulled As and Bs and made the finals, and many more A students who got Cs and Ds….

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Blood of a great confusion

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I teach writing, or I try to. My 8th grade students can prove fairly resistant to such time-honored techniques as revision, turning on spellcheck, and, um, that whole thing where you, like, don’t write run-ons and stuff because that would be wrong or something. Like that. Plus fragments. I give…

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Heat & Hot Water

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My son tried to kill me yesterday. I’m trying to swim everyday for my health, just like the doctor ordered. I was looking forward to having the rest of the afternoon free, as the kids were going to music lessons and they’re a good drive away. I get out of…

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Earth & Sky

By | Flights of Fancy | No Comments

 take to the sky, wings spread in their full glory, lifting me above the treeline with ease. I flit above the jagged tops of Ponderosa pine and Aspen, careful to avoid snagging myself in the dense branches. They stand at attention, row upon row of green-jacketed soldiers, marching up the…

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