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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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Imperial

A little over two years ago I had an experience that I’ve been turning over in my head lately.  It has to do with a nerdy black t-shirt.  I was teaching high school English at the time, and I bought … Continue reading

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Returning to Cyberspace

I’ve been gone for a time, nearly a year.  Why?  I’ll explain that later.  Here I want to celebrate home cooking.  For the past week I have been engaged in a bit of a home cooking joyride!  It has been … Continue reading

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Bookish Directions

In two days we’ll be ready for one heck of an event.  The Bookish Affair will begin on the NMMI Campus at 2:00 pm in Mabee Hall, and I have come to realize that most people have not visited the … Continue reading

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It’s Finally Here!

Yes, the hottest week of the year is finally here–the week when just stepping outside is equivalent to stepping into a tandoori oven, and the JOY Writers are once again sponsoring A Bookish Affair.  Hold on to your backsides, folks. … Continue reading

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