Monthly Archives: November 2015

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Purple: Connecting Fiction, and Personal Trauma

Purple is not my favorite color (black is, but that’s another story), but it is a significant color for me, for complicated reasons I shall try to explain here. In some regards, this blog-post can be seen as a review of … Continue reading

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On your nth birthday, you turn n – 1 years old.

As a teacher, I have had variants of this conversation many times. The specific details, however, are fictional, for this changes, somewhat, each time it happens. Student: Guess what? It’s my birthday! Me: Congratulations! How old are you? Student: I’m … Continue reading

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John Lennon: Who Do You Want to Save?

The source of this quote is this Lennon song, which you can hear by following this YouTube link.  

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Janis Joplin: The Meaning of “Freedom”

The quotation is from the Janis Joplin’s song “Me and Bobby McGee.” You can hear it right here, in this video I embedded from YouTube:  

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A Poem Written by My Cousin Sara, in Honor of My Mother

[This poem was written by Sara Bray McClain, after the recent funeral of my mother, Mina Jo Marsh, who was her aunt. I am grateful to Sara for writing it, and for giving me permission to post it here. I … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Mom

Soon, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette will run my mother’s obituary. However, it would not be right for me to allow the obituary they print to be her only one. Mom’s name when she was born, on January 4, 1942, was Mina … Continue reading

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