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Back to School: Teachable Moments

Visiting my sister Madeline last week, we took in the eclipse and did some errands before she returned to work as a teacher on Wednesday. She’d been into her classroom several times over the summer, labeling bookshelves, covering bulletin boards, … Continue reading

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Trump’s Vocabulary

As a child, I discovered the thesaurus and loved finding synonyms for words. My parents had the old-fashioned kind, organized conceptually instead of alphabetically, and I spent hours making word lists. As a writer, I love the thesaurus. As a … Continue reading

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9/11 & Grandparents Day: Choices to Make

It’s National Grandparents Day. It’s also the 15th anniversary of 9/11. And both these days resonate for me. On Sept. 11, 2001, I was teaching 8th grade Language Arts  in South Orange, NJ when the principal made a vague announcement over … Continue reading

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Amanda at Bat: Some Readers Respond

My sister Madeline, an ESOL teacher in Silver Spring, Maryland shared my book Amanda at Bat with her school, reading it to several classes of 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. They wrote me letters about the book. Some shared how … Continue reading

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Stephen King’s 11/22/63

When I tell people I’m reading a Stephen King novel, many are surprised. Really? Isn’t he all horror? The skeptics ask. Not all his books. And over the years, I’ve managed to read quite a few that capture the imagination, … Continue reading

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Book Talk at Son of A Saint, New Orleans

Monday through Thursday, from 3:30-8 pm, a group of boys, ranging in ages 10-18, find their way to the Son of A Saint clubhouse,in the Mid-City section of New Orleans. They attend different schools; have various interests and economic backgrounds. … Continue reading

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50 Things We’re Grateful For: Bloggers Unite!

My friend Dawn Quyle Landau  invited me to join in this “blog party,” where we write what we’re grateful for. The rules required we set a timer for 10 minutes and then write, and were allowed a little time for … Continue reading

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