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A Garden Where the Sun Always Shines: Regarding Shauna

In his obtuse, frustrating, beautiful poem “The Hollow Men,” T.S. Eliot writes, “Life is very long.” That idea goes against what most of us have heard—that life is short, that we must make the most of every day, that every … Continue reading

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NEVERMIND as Cultural Bomb

If You Ask Me Nirvana’s Nevermind as Cultural Bomb             I suppose every generation has at least one do-you-remember-where-you-were-when-it-happened event. Some are Earth-, or at least nation-, shattering: the storming of the Bastille, the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand, the … Continue reading

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“I Don’t Like Old Movies”–nonfiction #writing #nonfiction

Has Anybody Seen My Teeth? 2 “I Don’t Like Old Movies”             When you’re a teacher, sometimes nothing makes you feel older than your students.             Take the average college freshman. He or she is likely eighteen years old, the … Continue reading

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Whose Language Is It, Anyway? #nonfiction

Whose Language Is It, Anyway? Musings on Words Fair and Foul      Several years ago, I found myself in an annoying online conversation with one of my oldest daughter’s friends. It started out civilly enough, but eventually, due to the … Continue reading

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A Hole in the World: Life, Death, and What We Leave Behind #nonfiction

     My next nonfiction piece here was going to be about language fair and foul. That column is still coming, but I felt that this one was more pressing. Thanks for indulging me. A Hole in the World: Life, Death, … Continue reading

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Hard to Say I’m Sorry #nonfiction

I make no claims that what follows is a great piece of writing. It is, however, highly personal, and it’s something I’ve needed to say for longer than I care to think about. Hard to Say I’m Sorry: an Open … Continue reading

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