Author Archives: evamccollaum

About evamccollaum

I am a starting publisher who needs the help of younger people to successfully use social networking. I continuously search for good stories and good writers.

The Summer Slide

My nephew Orson is worried about his students.  He has noticed that “distance learning” and “distance teaching” have some real short comings.  It’s much harder to get the experience and practice it takes to get good at something in an … Continue reading

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Darlene’s Guidance

In 1992 I moved to Roswell, America to start work at Goddard High School.  For those of you who don’t know, Goddard is also a bomb shelter.  Many of the classes meet sixteen feet underground.  Everything about teaching underground is … Continue reading

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Considering the Crown of Thorns

This is a glorious day in the Christian calendar, but I’ve looked into my past.  Christ’s suffering was cruel, His sacrifice profound.  I find myself contemplating His suffering and the part I have played in it.  What do I know … Continue reading

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Egg Hunts in the Living Room

(Late entry today, so I’ll keep it short.)  My earliest memories of Easter specifically are from Estancia.  I do have some vague recollections of earlier days in Carrizozo and wearing a little outfit my mother made with a matching skirt … Continue reading

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Do List for These Days

It occurs to me that in the distant and uptight past, communities would have women in their last trimester of pregnancy go into something called “retirement.”  They were expected to stay home (out of the public eye) until they had … Continue reading

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Eighteen Straight Failures

I’ve been seeing little news stories about “distance learning” and parents dealing with trying to be teachers as well as parents.  I suspect it’s not an easy gig for many.  I tend to think, “So…you thought my job could be … Continue reading

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Dean’s Friend

I had something else planned for today, but I found out this morning that John Prine got to Heaven.  I want to pay a little tribute to a poet and singer I always thought of as one of my oldest … Continue reading

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Radix Malorum est Cupiditas

Because I have developed an English teacher brain, I have been thinking about plague literature.  When this was all starting, I thought of Hot Zone, a truly scary look at the modern pandemic threat through the lens of Ebola.  If … Continue reading

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Driving through Fog (Revised)

Today I post with the JOY Writers in mind.  Let’s say the following poem is an exercise I gave to the group.  I will use it to teach how to write response letters in workshop. EXERCISE:  Write a poem, essay, … Continue reading

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Aunt Ola

On March 10 my Aunt Ola died.  She was the last of my father’s siblings to go, the last of what I might call “old school McCollaums.”  Aunt Ola was a good McCollaum.  She had (I almost wrote “has”) many … Continue reading

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