Category: Other

Restless Adult Syndrome (Part 2)– Muting the Clatter


“There’s nothing more inspiring or – beautiful than the sight of a mare and a new colt. And it’s cool there now, see? Texas is cool now, and it’s spring. And whenever spring comes to where I am, I suddenly get the feeling, my God, I’m not getting’ anywhere! What the hell am I doing, […]

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Restless Adult Syndrome


“Well, I spent six or seven years after high school trying to work myself up. Shipping clerk, salesman, business of one kind or another. And it’s a measly manner of existence. To get on that subway on the hot mornings in summer. To devote your whole life to keeping stock, or making phone calls, or […]

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Get Your Writing Running!


I often equate writing a sentence to starting a jog ( or at least the way I start a jog) .  The first few words/steps may be awkward, unbalanced and  a sad  attempt to find a rhythm. A simple way to to gauge your writing rhythm  is to take a concentration of sentences ( I recommend at least […]

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Great Lines in Literature- “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy


Book: The Road Author :Cormac McCarthy Publication Date: 2006 Line: “Then they set out along the blacktop in the gunmetal light, shuffling through the ash, each the other’s world entire.” Analysis: Damn you Cormac!!! Lesser writers, like myself, would have simply ended that line  with “each other’s entire world” because  I like clichés…I sigh at Hallmark cards […]

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Ordinary Experience + Extraordinary Reflection = Great Success!


Regarding writing, the most frequently asked question by my students is, “But what do I write about?” My  answer: “You write about anything you want. As long as you write it well.” This response causes a wave of moans and groans and exaggerated eye rolls  followed by silence followed by one annoyed student asking ” But seriously,  what […]

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College Application Essay Tip: Don’t Sweat the Prompt


I get it, the college application essay can be a scary and overwhelming venture. It is arguably the most important you will ever write. No pressure kids. When addressing the idea of writing an essay that could shape their future, most of my students do the following: 1. Attest that their lives are boring and they have […]