Better Than SkyFall

There’s nothing as scary as the truth. Priest-novelist knows more than James Bond.

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Reason to Learn to Write is to Reason and Inspire

The Yale man and I agreed on the value of poems: Poetry is a wonderful way to come to understand the real meaning of words (his basic professional need) and trying to make a poem is a good way to learn how to communicate (my goal as a writer).

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MOXIE WONDERS … Why Are Movies Getting So Long?

Saturday, January 12, 2013

My husband, the literature professor, has complained for some years that certain movies went on for 15-30 minutes longer than they should have to be. At first I disagreed. Give the artists license, I thought. Now I am beginning to see his point, although I think his point has changed.


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Longer School Year?

Monday, January 14, 2013

An experiment encouraged by Education Secretary Arne Duncan has been announced: five states will add 300 hours to their school year. He believes teachers and students need more time to prepare for success in competing in the world of the 21stcentury. He is backed by those who observe that too much

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Do I Miss The Real Thing?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

We bought our first “fake” Christmas tree in 1986. That we live in the desert had something to do with it; just as harvest pumpkins set out on doorsteps tend to sag by Halloween, cut conifers generally shed their needles within a week. I grew up in Wisconsin and the U.P.,

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