The Protestant Reformation began 500 years ago.
Henry David Thoreau was born 200 years ago.
Historians will ask about this day, and this year.
They will ask, “What were they thinking?”
They will ask, “What did they do about it?”
For what it’s worth, I will have a record of both.
NOTE: This is a fictional Christmas story that highlights dishonesty, shady entrepreneurship, and the mystery surrounding living things. Last year’s Christmas Story (“Jungle Bells“) was a little more magical and playful. Merry Christmas.
THE NEFARIOUS HISTORY OF A FORMER CHRISTMAS TREE
“That’s not what I mean. I mean that […]
I did it! I wrote 100 APPRECIATIONS.
HERE ARE 100 THINGS THAT I APPRECIATE:
Appreciating Things Laughter Good Sentences On Deck Circles Scent Memories Stories or Examples Used to Illustrate a Point (?’s) Stories or Examples Used to Illustrate a Point (Answers) First Paragraph of The Last […]
Trying to figure out which Anne it was…Dillard, Lamott, Patchett, Frank? There are a lot of literary Annes. It was Dillard:
One of the things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later […]
Sometimes I wad up paper and throw it at my students. Let me explain.
When I was a high school student, we did something called WAD words. Word-A–Day. And that was something. I remember trying to be clever and incorporating them into a speech at graduation. Some of them I internalized. I think we had a […]
I bet you have a story about helium balloons. There was a party, a birth, a funeral, or someone was sucking in the gas and making a funny voice.
Here are two of my favorite:
1. My son was 2 or 3 or almost 4. Somebody gave him a helium balloon at Burgerville. He had seen […]
I wrote a small book a few years ago: The Little Goldenrod Book of Limericks. And every few years we play around with limericks in class. I try to use them to teach other things, and show quickly and easily how you can edit and play around with words. The form gets stuck in my head. […]
I’ve been making the case for learning new words at school. You know, being an English teacher and all. Sometimes it feels like the students are geese that I am going to use for foie gras someday. Gotta fatten up those livers! Foie gras is a popular dish in Hungary… they force feed the geese…
Let’s call this a cabinet of curiosities. A place to store a narwhal tusk because you don’t want a museum to have it. But that’s not why you need the cabinet. Museums rarely come knocking, but that shouldn’t stop you from collecting.
A lot of it, A LOT OF IT, comes from reading. You try […]
The episode “20 Acts in 60 Minutes” includes 20 short stories instead of the customary 3. I actually think of Act 14 a lot. The segment is called: “Call in Colonel Mustard for Questioning”
The story is about an updated hot dog factory. They realize that the product is different. They can’t figure out why. […]
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