Monthly Archives: February 2010

Prologue to the Wife of Blah

by cheri block Joe and I met Tuesday for lunch at a different restaurant, one close to Joe’s doctor’s office. It was good to back in our routine, slinging around literary opinions loud enough for others to hear. Joe has … Continue reading

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E-mails of Thomas Mann, 1889-1955

by cheri block Last week, Judge Blah and I wandered around San Luis Obispo and as always, ended up in the Phoenix Book Store where the floorboards creak and the old books smell. An hour later, we left for a … Continue reading

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Over the river and through the woods to Beowulf’s house we go…

by cheri block Every Thursday night, I teach writing to two small classes of high school students. My bunch this session includes a smart little 8th grade guy. Poor kid. Do not start your essays with a question. That’s soooo  … Continue reading

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In Paradiso, Dante sees the White Rose

by cheri block My guide Virgil has been weakened this month, so we could not meet at Elephant Bar to discuss the Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso this past week. Looking more like a shade than a robust Italian, he answered … Continue reading

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Another simple thought

by cheri block Last night we left the busy Bay Area, the three of us—man, woman, and dog—and drove down to our tiny spot on the Central Coast of California. It’s important to get away from work every now and … Continue reading

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Simple thought

by cheri block A long time ago, someone lugged a heavy rock up a steep hillside and put it in its place. Others helped in the endeavor. Who these people were and why they built their walls is a mystery. … Continue reading

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