Tag Archives: writing

Jumping Bean Brain

When I left the writers’ conference I walked the sidewalk of the convention center under I sunny sky, the first in two days. People sat in groups on the lawn, eating apples, wearing sunglasses. One man sat on a retaining wall with his iPad. He looked stumped, as if he were searching for just the […]
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Absences in Writing Class

I attempt to treat my students of English 101 as if they wanted to be writers, as if they were concerned about the quality of their prose. I make that assumption when I plan my syllabus, when I grade their papers, when I open the door to the computer lab and say, “Good afternoon. It’s good […]
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Writing My Aunt’s Eulogy

My aunt died this week. It was unexpected. It is sudden. Nothing anyone could have done. She was alone in her condo. Busy with hanging photos, readying herself for a busy Tuesday. But then her life stopped. Her biological age was 69. But she was young. Young enough to go to the recent Garth Brooks […]
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Say Yes to Your Writing Self

Every day we distract ourselves from becoming the artist we want to be. And it’s easy to do. If I am without a specific purpose, I sidetrack into household projects like cleaning the kitchen walls. I let other creative endeavors or commitments to family and friends take up the day, and I don’t get to […]
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Fifteen Ways to Neglect Writing A Blog Post

“… our busy little activities and our more serious commitments nibble at our concentration.”  Pat Schneider, Writing Alone and With Others   1. Enroll in a graduate level class called Colloquium in Leadership. 2. Adopt a German shepherd puppy. 3. Lose sleep each night; puppies need to pee at 4 a.m. 4. Each day, do Puppy […]
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