Category Archives: Essay

When the prose gets in the way of your story

Originally posted on Michael A. Ventrella:
I often find myself yelling at the screen during certain movies and shows. “Just hold the damn camera still, you moron!” Hand-held cameras that jiggle all over the place make me wonder how a…

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When Side Characters Become Interesting

Originally posted on A Writer's Path:
? by Teagan Berry ? A little more than a year ago, I was hard at work on a novella about a main character from my in-the-process-of-editing book trilogy. This main character made…

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Miriam’s Well

Originally posted on rachelmankowitz:
??????????? Tonight is the first night of Passover, and I’ve been thinking about how this Jewish holiday makes me feel – this weeklong commemoration of the escape from slavery to freedom – and why it doesn’t…

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Quotations On Perseverance

Originally posted on charles french words reading and writing:
(https://en.wikiquote.org/) “If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.” ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? H. G. Wells (https://en.wikipedia.org) “Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have…

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Yes, Networking is Crucial

Originally posted on Andrew McDowell:
Years ago, I talked about using social media for promoting one’s work and oneself as a writer, which has become even more important because of COVID. But promotion and marketing are but a part of…

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Hope, and a Wish Tree

Originally posted on A Teacher's Reflections:
This is a year of Hope.  Children need it.   Adults need it.  When they find Hope, it carries them along.  Far.  Wish Trees are beacons of hope, where people give their most…

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Humpty Dumpty – What Happened After His Fall?

Originally posted on A Teacher's Reflections:
“All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again.” So, what  really happened to Humpty after his fall? “After the Fall” by Dan Santat tells the story.  It…

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Writers–Believe In Yourselves and Your Writing

Originally posted on charles french words reading and writing:
(Photo by Karl Starkey on Pexels.com) Hello to all the writers out there! This is a difficult and very trying time in which we all find ourselves. One thing you can…

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A Tale of Two Dale Chihuly’s – Part 3

Originally posted on A Teacher's Reflections:
In Part 1, I discovered my first Dale Chihuly at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia.  In Part 2, I read aloud the poetry book my classroom wrote, inspired by the museum. A recent update: the…

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“Life Begins When You Get Back Up” – a Memorable Day at School

Originally posted on A Teacher's Reflections:
 Music brings joy to children. Books bring questions and thinking. Teachers bring love and answers. Today at school was a day I’ll always remember.  So will the children.  Emotions ran high.  In Dickens’…

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