Monthly Archives: February 2018

Our “Dropping-By” Friend

I remember, as a child growing up in a small southern town in South Carolina, that people who “dropped by” frequently messed up family plans. My parents seemed to welcome such visits, but I saw them as an interruption. Nowadays, … Continue reading

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The Silent Language

I love languages. That’s why I’m an English teacher. Because of my fascination with languages, I took two years of Latin, four years of French, and one year of German during my high school and college studies. All of these … Continue reading

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Mimi

Mimi Brown is the mother of one of my best friends. For years, Harry, her son, took care of Mimi, taking her to the symphony concerts and supporting her with care at home. When Harry took a job in Hong … Continue reading

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My Friend, the Painter

Shortly after I arrived at Furman University, I met Bill Key, who was already well-known for his artwork and architectural designs. We became close friends, a friendship that lasted beyond our university days. After graduation, I began to ask my … Continue reading

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The Inventor of Rap

In the 1960s when I was teaching in a middle school, I invented rap…but I didn’t know it as there was no such thing. While working on a grammar unit with my 8th graders, I became frustrated with their inability … Continue reading

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Blu-Ray Special (re-edited)

Probably I needed a second DVD player like a hole in the head. However, the very low price tag on the Magnavox Blu-Ray player at Wal-Mart on Black Friday [the Friday after Thanksgiving] was mighty enticing, enticing enough to get … Continue reading

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Take a Cruise; Cure a Cold

Cruises are wonderful ways to take a vacation. Your cabin is cleaned for you, your bed is remade, the food is prepared and waiting for you, hopefully the entertainment is top-notch, and there is the opportunity to meet nice people … Continue reading

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