Zee End of the Semester, the Start of Zinnia Season

My students filed out of the computer lab yesterday, after fourteen weeks of meeting twice a week to discuss all things English 101. One said, “Carey. Thank you,” as he walked out the door. I interpreted his intention to make sure I heard him as a good sign, a positive evaluation. Others said, see ya, […]
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Yikes! Wrinkles? Age Spots? Oh My!

Yikes! As I grow my wisdom and it starts to grow on my face, I am shocked by the sight of it. The first place is in public restrooms. The lighting is terrible. If I dare look up while washing my hands I see an older woman with pale skin and shadows under her eyes. […]
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Resisting A Replay of Xanadu

I cried when I left the movie theater. I walked to the car with my parents and their friends, bawling with large tears and large voice, all emotional after Xanadu. Granted, I was ten. The music and love story must’ve been too much for my pre-teen self. The parking lot was dark enough that had […]
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Pushing Off Into The Water

I forgot to bring Sharkie. I remembered the suits, the towels, the swimming diapers. I even remembered to shave my legs. But it’s been months since I’ve been to a pool. I was out of practice with the mental packing list. Our extended family owns a condominium. In the center of the complex is a building equipped […]
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Our Usual Cycle of Speaking The Mind

In my home as a kid, an argument was a usual occurrence. Mom, Dad, Sister, myself–we yelled. I always took pride in our open communication. We would speak our mind. We would forget about it. Our arguments were loud. We said mean things and then calmed down and got more articulate and thoughtful. We knew […]
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One Teaching Evaluation

During one my years as a high school English teacher, I was assigned three sections of English 12. Those seniors liked to visit, tell stories. At a football game, when the boys in my classes were running down the field and I cheered them on, I realized I liked them. I wasn’t just being professional […]
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Roosters and Realities

Mr. Feathers was a rooster I never met. He was the master of the hen house on a forty-acre farm owned by my friend, Anna. She brought Mr. Feathers home as a young cockerel along with the female chicks she planned to raise for eggs. He followed Anna while she pulled weeds around her tomato plants or […]
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S is for Surprise

I had news to share with Michael about a home improvement project. I had made phone calls and gotten some estimates. I wanted his attention. I wanted to brainstorm. He gave me his attention. He put on his Project Manager cap and told me about things called budgets and timelines and needing a plan and […]
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A Quick Bit Of WWII History

Here is a character from World War II that has not had a prominent place in movies such as Life Is Beautiful or Schindler’s List. It is also word I missed in history class. Quisling. A noun. This word came into use in the 1930s as a means to describe the followers of Vidkun Quisling (1887–1945). Quisling spent […]
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Noggins Open to Possibility

Traveling requires keeping the noggin open. This involves going off the beaten path, getting lost. It involves reading maps and finding the way. It involves, when traveling in Key West, Florida, key lime pie and sea food. As a little challenge during our three-night stay, I decided to try as many different slices of key […]
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