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"I write because I want to have more than one life"~ Anne Tyler
Sarah Kay and the Spoken Word

Sarah Kay and the Spoken Word

Here is a video from spoken poet Sarah Kay from the TED 2011 Conference.  Some really nice stuff here.  I especially like her first poem “B,” but “Hiroshima,” at the end, is pretty cool, too.  Enjoy!
A Dream Within a Dream

A Dream Within a Dream

Take this kiss upon the brow! And, in parting from you now, Thus much let me avow- You are not wrong, who deem That my days have been a dream;   Ah, Edgar Allan Poe.  The master of melodrama and gore, the macabre and mayhem, and, ironically enough today, the...
#4

#4

I believe in little gifts from the gods.  Snow days, green lights, extra cheese on your pizza, a few personalized words from a harried fiction editor, and, yes, getting a story published after a five year drought.  The little gifts are the best. I, like every writer known to mankind,...
A Storyless Story

A Storyless Story

I just finished Scarlett Thomas’ latest novel, Our Tragic Universe, which got me thinking about fiction, story, the afterlife, new age religion, relationships, and the writing life.  In short, this fascinating novel got the juices flowing, which, in the end, is what you hope good fiction will do. Meg, Thomas’...
Timescapes

Timescapes

Winter. Sucks. Period.  OK, I suppose as an English teacher I could do better; at least I could be more eloquent in my depiction of life int he great Northeast.  And we’re bracing for another wallop from Snow Miser again tonight and tomorrow and tomorrow night and Wednesday and Wednesday...
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Delayed Gratification

Delayed Gratification

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Delayed gratification is my new mantra. Say it. Say it again. Over and over and over until it makes your head hurt. Delayed gratification. Delayed gratification. Delayed gratification. It doesn’t even have a catchy rhythm to it.  So it’s hard saying it; almost as hard as actually following it and living it. And live it...
Snowy Days

Snowy Days

Snowy days get me thinking. All tucked up inside the house, the shoveling done (well, at least this round), steaming mug of coffee to accompany the white on white view of my street as it descends into the blankness of the storm, I tend to float away to places that I normally don’t allow myself...
The Holidays

The Holidays



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Just musing at the keyboard because it’s been awhile since I posted.  Life is a torrent lately, a rush of school obligations, insecurity, family fun and issues, decorating, gift contemplating and buying (soon), and, of course, doubt.  I used to feel so secure at this time of the year: all of my eggs in one...
The Power of Metaphor

The Power of Metaphor

James Geary on TED and his presentation, via Prezi: Mixing Mind and Metaphor on Prezi
Ivory Tower

Ivory Tower

OK, so this is the second YouTube video in a row.  I couldn’t resist this one, though.  It’s very funny, very telling.  I especially like the notion that working for the PhD. is like indentured servitude.  Now I could say that this sums up brilliantly the reasons why I never went on to pursue the...
Teenage Dream

Teenage Dream

Thought this was a nice version of Katy Perry’s song.  Just goes to show you that any text can change depending on what the new author wants to do with it.  This song stays pretty much the same, but the sweetness of the acoustic version, the harmonies, adds an introspective and nostalgic tone.  Rewriting texts...
Paulo Coelho on Love

Paulo Coelho on Love

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The Perils of Social Media in the Classroom

With the rise of social media in current pop culture, the advent of the mythologizing film “The Social Network,”  the push (rising to a scream) to incorporate social media into our teaching, and, on the dark side, the sobering suicide of 18 year old Tyler Clementi which came about as a direct result of cyber-bullying,...

Funny Thing About Writing

One of the funniest (read:ironic) about writing is that you being a writer is what often attracts you, as a writer, to people, but, once you write about them (or to them) in a public space (read:blog or a book-remember them?), then you run the risk of really upsetting them.  No easy answers here.  You...

A Ghra Mo Chroi

Bid me to live, and I will live Thy Protestant to be; Or bid me love, and I will give A loving heart to thee. A heart as soft, a heart as kind, A heart as sound and free As in the whole world thou canst find, That heart I’ll give to thee. Bid that...

That Old Cape Magic

I love Cape Cod.  I’ve been going there since I was sixteen, then with my parents, now with my children (and still my parents) to the house we have rented for the last fifteen years.  So you can imagine the joy I felt when I purchased Richard Russo’s That Old Cape Magic for my mom...
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XKCD and Emily Dickinson

The Carriage I love this comic.  Witty, funny, sarcastic, just what I need to take my mind off of the things that threaten to crush my spirit (and there are plenty of those things…but I guess we all have those).