• Posts Tagged ‘writing’

    don’t write alone

    by  • August 29, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    In four months, this blog will be seven years old. One of the reasons I started keeping the blog was I wanted to be a writer. I had been writing for a long time — I even had a draft of a novel that was already several years old, but none of it had...

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    making mistakes

    by  • January 26, 2012 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    Over the past few weeks I have been editing a book manuscript for someone I don’t know. When I grade student essays, I know whose paper is in front of me, which colors how I both read and comment, but this time I am not being asked to teach, only edit. The hardest part,...

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    it begins like this . . . .

    by  • January 20, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    A couple of weeks ago, I arrived early for my shift at the computer store, so I got a coffee at the Barnes and Noble next door and sat down at a table to read a little of my John Berger book. The chapter I opened to started: It begins like this . ....

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    six years on . . .

    by  • December 28, 2011 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    On Tuesday, December 27, 2005, I began writing this blog with these words: I’ve been staring at the “posting” screen for several days now trying to figure out how to join the world of food bloggers. Since I’m writing from a Mac and I don’t know much about HTML, I’m still not sure about...

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    still here

    by  • June 10, 2011 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    these are the days of miracle and wonderthis is the long distance call . . .— Paul Simon, “The Boy in the Bubble” I know I’ve been away . . .I have seen many thingswalking in our neighborhoodin conversations at churchand around tables at the pubI even have stories to tell –but tonight I...

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    catch me, please

    by  • September 15, 2010 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    At several different junctures in my life, Parker J. Palmer has befriended me and mentored me through his writings (in particular, The Courage to Teach and Let Your Life Speak). I have never met him, nor have I ever heard him speak, yet I have found a healing resonance in his written words that...

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    getting ready

    by  • May 23, 2010 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    One of the classes I’m teaching this quarter is a Creative Writing elective. Hardly a day goes by that one of the students declares he or she is unable to write anything because of “writer’s block.” My response is generally one of amusement, since they appear to have plenty of ideas to talk about....

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    apprenticeship

    by  • May 17, 2010 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    Language was opening me up in ways I couldn’t explain and I assumed it was part of the apprenticeship of a poet. (Jimmy Santiago Baca, A Place to Stand) apprenticec.1300, from O.Fr. aprentiz “someone learning” (13c.), from aprendre (Mod.Fr. apprendre ) “to learn, teach,” contracted from L. apprehendere (see apprehend). Aphetic form prentice was...

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    creative writing

    by  • April 18, 2010 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    adjectives attach like grammatical barnaclesexplanatory sidecarsdirecting distinctionsguitars didn’t need them until someone founda Fender and plugged inso we pulled outacoustic and electricto state the obvious writing goes backas far as the storiesand then one day somescheduler needed a name for a course and wrote Creative Writinglegitimizing the mundaneand discounting wordsit’s all creating whetherwriting of...

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    fast tuesday

    by  • February 17, 2010 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    It was somewhere in the middle of the day that I remembered today was Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, meaning tomorrow Lent begins. It feels more like Fast Tuesday: it got here quickly. I know part of the surprise for me is my work schedule keeps me from doing anything during the week...

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