Category Archives: School

Je ne regrette rien

Ordinarily, when conservative columnist Michael Gerson puts pen to paper (or whatever the 21st century incarnation of that phrase is), I’m not so much inclined to share his opinion. But this past week, describing his feelings as his first-born went … Continue reading

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I See America Reading

I wrote this piece as a letter to the editor a few years ago when public libraries were on the state budget chopping block in Ohio (now reprising it, with a few modifications). Thankfully, the cuts didn’t turn out to … Continue reading

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In the Attics of My Life

All of us have photographs from our past that we probably should have thrown out long ago. You know the ones I’m talking about – where you’re caught unawares with a goofy expression on your face, or on bad hair/skin/clothes … Continue reading

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Everything is Beautiful

I grew up in a lily-white town on Long Island, with only one African-American student in my classes from kindergarten through high school (and this was a BIG high school). Not far outside my personal sphere, of course, the world … Continue reading

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Homage to Thomas Wolfe

Who are these people? Are they cool, hard-partying college students, just coming around from sleeping off a TGIF bender? No! They are your intrepid correspondent and her former roomie after one day at their 30-year college reunion – we’d wandered … Continue reading

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Choose Your Own Adventure: a real-life horror story that allows you to determine the outcome

An article about the demise of children’s picture books in yesterday’s NY Times really got to me. Although I agree with a friend who pointed out that you can’t take everything in the newspapers as gospel, something about it still … Continue reading

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Back to School

It’s that time again. Here, some parents insert the word already; others, finally. I guess I’m in the first camp. The summer seemed to go by so fast! (I say that every single year.) My parents used to tell me … Continue reading

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