Archive for May, 2015

How on earth did this post about the Lincoln Memorial turn into one about dinner parties with Flo?

May 30, 201516 CommentsPosted in Flo, travel, Uncategorized

When my talking computer read today’s Writer’s Almanac out loud to me this morning, I discovered that the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated on this day in 1922. My mother, Flo, was born before the Lincoln Memorial? Whoa. I thought the Lincoln Memorial had been around since, well, since the Emancipation Proclamation or something. The Writer’s […]

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Does your dog have a dad?

May 28, 20156 CommentsPosted in careers/jobs for people who are blind, memoir writing, questions kids ask, Seeing Eye dogs, Uncategorized, visiting schools

A writer in the Monday memoir-writing class I lead grew up in Germany, came to America through a study abroad program at Vassar, and stayed. Brigitte has retired from a career in academia now, and twice a week she volunteers in a third-grade class at a Chicago Public School. Nearly all the students in Brigitte’s […]

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Mondays with Mike: All the world's a stage

May 25, 20158 CommentsPosted in Mike Knezovich, Mondays with Mike, parenting a child with special needs, Uncategorized

Live theater is a marvelous thing. Witnessing actual people up there on stage in real time creates a tension and energy that, for my money, makes even middling plays worth the time. And then there are those times when live theater is magical, powerful and unforgettable. That’s how it was yesterday, when Beth and I […]

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One powerful woman

May 18, 201521 CommentsPosted in memoir writing, Uncategorized

The first Chicago high school built to serve an exclusively African-American student population opened its doors in 1935, and Wanda Bridgeforth, a 93-year-old writer in my Wednesday memoir-writing class, was a freshman there that year. Wanda swells with pride any time DuSable High School is mentioned — her Class of ‘39 was the first to […]

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Mondays with Mike: 50 years ago, the train from New York to Washington was faster

May 18, 201511 CommentsPosted in Mike Knezovich, Mondays with Mike, Uncategorized

A few years ago our German friend Gerald visited with us on his way to an extended hiking holiday in Alaska. He’s smart, perceptive and analytical, so it’s always fun, and sometimes painful, to get his take on us Americans and our America. (For the record, he’s a good sport and takes his share of […]

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