Monthly Archives: March 2009

A Granite Outcropping or Fool’s Gold?

I love geology. Digging in the soil circle under an acacia tree in our front yard fostered my deep respect for dirt. Without regard for soap or lotion, those little hands, cupped into human scoops, moved mud and rocks into … Continue reading

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A Manly Courtship

He inflates himself in front of his hens. Up and around his tail he fans and out he thrusts his feathers so fine. Don’t they see him? With such finery, an array of feathers that would make a milliner weep, … Continue reading

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The Wind in My Pillows

The average tenure for a high school journalism advisor is three years. I lasted fifteen. Those were my dancing years. The role of a journalism advisor is akin to a dance in which the right to free speech leads, while … Continue reading

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I Have Bliss in my Gut

When I was a little girl, I developed a talent for blowing a bubble inside a bubble of pink elastic Bazooka Bubble Gum. If I added an additional hard square of gum to the rich material already processing up and … Continue reading

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Follow Me Through the Dry Landscape of Grammar

Those of us who teach grammar know how dry it is. And thus, some English teachers do not teach it, opting instead for group projects. I had no idea this was happening all around me in the N-Wing in 1992. … Continue reading

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