Monthly Archives: September 2010

Thinking of Moomintroll

We used to read the Moomintroll books to Isaac when he was small. They were wonderful stories created by Tove Jansson, a Finnish author and illustrator. I’m not sure where we first heard of these books, perhaps from someone at … Continue reading

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A Surprise Gift from the Chicago Fire Department

On Friday, the Chicago Fire Department had a fire drill at school, right in the middle of an essay test I was giving in my morning class. Because of this interruption the students did not have enough time to finish … Continue reading

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My mother never listened

When I was in high school my mother and I often got into fights. One morning she began yelling at me because I had left one of my socks on the living room floor and I had’t picked it up. … Continue reading

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Waves of Story

This morning in advisory we shared stories under the categories: “When I was an idiot,” or “When I was gullible, ” and of course the shared stories morphed into stories about our siblings and our parents as well. With each … Continue reading

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Shine on Harvest Moon

The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. The equinox is when the length of day and the length of night are equal all over the earth, 12 hours each. The equinox was last night; the … Continue reading

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Ten Things I’ve learned about the Art of Blogging

I have been blogging for two months now, a relative newbie. But I have already learned a great deal. Blogging has made me pay more attention to my life. I observe my experiences and my world with more consideration. I … Continue reading

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The Cooking Rock

About 35 years ago, I was watching a National Geographic program on TV where an African woman was cooking (I don’t remember from which particular culture). She had put coals into a hole in the ground, placed a pot filled … Continue reading

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Mike Royko’s Birthday

Mike Royko’s (1932-1997) birthday is today. For those of you outside of the Chicago area, Royko was a gritty, blue collar, sarcastic, humorous newspaper columnist who wrote for the Chicago Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune, always poking … Continue reading

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My sister, brother, and I are putting together an art show in October. We have never shown together. My sister has been making her living as a ceramic artist for 30 years and runs a gallery and studio in Ann … Continue reading

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First Stack of Papers

I’m sitting here diving into my first stack of serious papers for the year and immediately knew this was the video to commemorate the event.

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