Tag Archives: memoir

Negotiating boundaries…

Part of JB’s art studio in the house is in half of our bedroom and has been for years. Though this is fine with me on an intellectual level, there has always been a piece of me that finds sleeping … Continue reading

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Ready. Aim. Fire.

When we were young, every Memorial Day our family would join others in my father’s VFW Post 6909 in going to the local cemetery to pay tribute to the veterans. I remember the day as somewhat solemn for my parents, … 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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“The cap in your mouth can obstruct breathing if swallowed.”

Riding home last night I was listening to NPR which had a report on the 14th annual Wacky Warning Labels Contest, started by Bob Dorigo Jones in 1997. The idea behind the contest is that in our litigious society, we are being over-warned … Continue reading

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It’s a lot to live up to

Patrick Ryan, storyteller, came to our school today to do workshops and tell stories. He was truly inspiring and got the students actively engaged in several storytelling activities that were very valuable.  He was so good, in fact, that we … Continue reading

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Just Kids by Patti Smith

I just finished reading Just Kids by Patti Smith, a memoir of her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe, their coming of age in New York in the 70s, and their ambitions to be “artists.” I was touched by the story and … Continue reading

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