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Putting Down the Paintbrush

“I put down my paintbrush about a year ago,” she exclaimed as we waited to place our order at the downtown tea shop. When we had settled at the table by the window, me with my green pot of Darjeeling … Continue reading

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Dear Javier–Part 2

Remember “Javier”? When I started rethinking my writing prompts, I gave my Creative Writing class an alternative assignment to write a letter to him. They wanted to know if I’d really give it to him. I have no intentions of … Continue reading

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Adpotion

“No, no. I’m not going to tell you because you’ll tell me to write about,” she announced. She had me there. So I made hand motions to show my lips were zipped and I was all ears. “No, no,” she … Continue reading

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It Took Getting Locked Up

One of my students was complaining about taking the ACT. She’s scared because she thinks she’s no good at math or english. So says the girl turning out two five-paragraph essays every week and earning a respectable grade. What was … Continue reading

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Eating Crow

I was going to cry or scream or… What were my options? 8th period came sliding in, ignoring my greeting, avoiding my eyes. Plopping into their desks so that they slid noisily on the tile, they made their position clear … Continue reading

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The Limo Driver

If I’ve been quiet here it’s because I’ve been trying to be quiet in my own soul. It was Friday morning when three of us walked in to the front lobby together. The Shift Commander waited until we were all … Continue reading

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A Five Year Plan

“I want to write!” I picked my jaw off the floor and adjusted it back in place to ask, “Have you ever said that before?” “Naw, Miss, I hate school,” I noted the present tense in his explanation. “I mean, … Continue reading

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