Monthly Archives: March 2009

On Citizenship

They came into Room 204 one by one on Friday.  They came on poster board, on canvas, on construction paper, and on parchment.  They came  in collage, in acrylic, in marker, in crayon.  They spoke through letters, through quotes, and … Continue reading

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Eating My Words

I was skeptical. This year I decided to teach memoir for the first time. I wondered if it would work. I begin every new project the same way: I take a fresh file folder (a promise of good to come) … Continue reading

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Turning the Page

Just over a week ago the snow melted into daffodils.   My husband and I took advantage of the springlike day and walked to Millie’s for brunch. A young couple sat next to us and read The New Yorker.  Each … Continue reading

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Will the Real Betty Crocker Please Stand Up?

I recognized the red dress with its prim white collar right away.  I’d seen her on the Bisquick box a hundred times.  I was five when I spotted Betty Crocker in the snack bar on an Army base in  Germany. … Continue reading

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Spinning Sand into Gold

We are learning that memoir is the story of a moment– a moment that begins with a scrap of memory.  My memoir begins with a scrap of green fabric with a tiny white design. We arrived in Cairo in June, … Continue reading

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