Category Archives: story

Prometheus’ gift of fire

Last night we had some friends over for Shabbat dinner, friends we have had for a very long time. There were delicious hors d’oeuvres (red pepper hummus and apples), a roast chicken with all the vegetables (potatoes, carrots, onions, celery, … Continue reading

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How stories become

We have just begun To Kill a Mockingbird and for 30 minutes in my morning class today we shared stories about all the Boo Radleys in our lives, neighbors and their weirdnesses (real or perceived) with whom we were/are endlessly … Continue reading

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Repairing the world

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, established by the UN seven years ago, commemorating the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Shoah Foundation, founded by Steven Spielberg, after the filming of Schindler’s List, is an archive of over 52,000 … Continue reading

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Gentle easing back

The students wrote personal narratives that I was able to read over the break. Many of them were actually quite good, filled with honest and authentic emotion, stories that they cared a great deal about. There were also a couple … Continue reading

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Oceans of stories

While we were reading Haroun and the Sea of Stories, I asked my students to create a box of their own Ocean of Stories, a self-portrait box filled with stories that have helped them to become who they are. (In … Continue reading

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Not enough time to hear all they had to say

On Fridays we have extended advisory where we usually have breakfast brought by a different advisee. Due to my forgetfulness, we forgot to assign someone for this morning so we all decided to potluck it. As we sat around the … Continue reading

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Expanding our front porches…

My father told me when I was young that his mother, born in the Ukraine, used to tell stories every day. All the women in the neighborhood would gather on her front porch in the afternoons as she wove a … Continue reading

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Wouldn’t the aliens’ interactions reflect our own?

This morning in our presentations of personal narratives, TR enthusiastically shared a story about falling off a bike. The story had lots of specifics and was quite engaging though its topic was somewhat generic. Students were focused and energetically responded … Continue reading

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The story will lead you where you need to go

First week back. A cold is imminent– my throat is scratchy and nose is running. I am not at my peak of energy. A few months ago, the students wrote a personal narrative, a story from their lives that has … Continue reading

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In praise of the editor

Maxwell Perkins was the editor for Ernest Hemmingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Ring Lardner, Alan Paton. He nurtured them, collaborated with them, gave them ideas, helped them structure their narratives, became their friends, rescued them from drunken debauches when … Continue reading

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