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Tuesday, December 19, 2017


If you’ve been through a creative writing class, you’ve probably studied things like story arc, plot, character, setting and dialog. If there was time in the 12- or 15-week course, you may have given some thought to foreshadowing. Chekov (I believe that’s the playwright who is quoted on this topic)... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Mr. Sandman, File That

According to NPR reports this morning from a recent study by memory scientists (can’t remember what institution/college or med school was doing the research) our brains file events of the day in our long-term memory banks while we’re asleep. The thing is, older folks don’t sleep as deeply or as long... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Sappy Sentiment, Maudlin Misery

This time of year seems to bring out the schlock factor, the “It’s a Wonderful Life” impulse to fancy up the family values and look at everything through enhanced rose-colored glasses. Facebook posts include made-up stories about extreme acts of selflessness and good deeds done at great sacrifice.... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Taking the Initiative

In the early 1980s I went to work in the Office of Area Development at SIUe, an offshoot of the geography department. The director was, Robert Koepke, “Mr. Economic Development” whose staff included faculty, professional staff, graduate interns and secretarial support. That first week on the job I... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 15, 2017

A Prediction for the New Year

Our suggested writing topics at Thursday’s Write Your Own Story session included: 1) Your grandmother’s story of how she celebrated Christmas as a child. 2) Predictions about what will happen in the coming year. I expected stories about hand-made or home crafted toys, new socks and an orange, a... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 14, 2017


When you’re a kid each day brings something new, something to see and do and think about. You learn the rules of friendship, about dinosaurs and cursive writing (once upon a time we did that) and the times tables. By high school there’s history, biology, geography: and your awareness of the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

That Note to Myself

Yesterday while at The Center’s reception desk, I had a sudden idea for a Blogit post. I jotted down a few words and tucked the note into??? as the phone rang. There are several possibilities where I could have put the note: my coat pocket, the purse which was also hanging nearby, or the bag of hats... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


When you’re a kid, say seven years of age or so, you think everything is your fault. For instance someone does something mean or unfair and you say or think they should drop dead. Later on, when they do because it’s their time or they’ve done something stupid, you think somehow it happened because... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 11, 2017

About Santa: Lying to the Children

At some point I decided to tell my children that Santa Claus was a story, a myth about Christmas, but that there was no one really watching their every move or keeping a list of naughty or nice. They were four or five when I clued them in, careful to warn them not to share this grown-up knowledge... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

My Grinch Hat

I learned to make a Santa Hat – crocheted of course – with the long floppy peak that folds over and a small white crocheted rose for the puff ball at the end. Then I made one in Grinch green, not quite so long, but with the white tip and white lower edge. Trouble was, I couldn’t figure out how to... Sign in to see full entry.

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