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Paradise aka Humanity Lost

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My daughter moved to San Francisco 17 years ago as part of a job opportunity; ultimately got married and started a family; was fortunate to be able to purchase affordable housing in the Pacific Heights area of the city; and seems to have settled in for the long haul. It’s not difficult to see why, given the weather and general laid back, relaxed atmosphere of the west coast. For me, having a good reason to visit San Francisco regularly is a bonus, especially with opportunities to escape the New England winters for some respites of warmth and sun…the fog always seems to burn off in some part of the city as the sun takes charge of the day. Recently though, …

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Wildly Creative Fiction aka BS

An editorial cartoon in the 10/21/16 edition of the Newburyport Daily News by Jimmy Margulies brought forward a few intersections that this year’s election is providing as I reflect on teaching and some of the research in which I’ve invested my time. I am not meaning to make this post a political commentary; it’s not. Rather, this election season has illuminated a few areas of concern that I’ve had in general regarding some shortfalls in some of the core issues that must be better addressed and integrated across curriculums and classrooms in our schools.

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‘Writing to Learn’ in the 21st Century

“…in the meantime, we are going to concentrate on writing itself, on how to become a better writer, because, for one thing, becoming a better writer is going to help you become a better reader, and that is the real payoff.”

Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird; Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Several years ago while co-teaching a tenth grade humanities class,…

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