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    Writing Group Prompt: Select a painting and write a reflection.  I just can’t believe that people are still interested in me.  It’s quite true. They really are. I’m amazed that I have been in the public eye for so long.  Sometimes I think that my incredible...

October 2, 2019 This week I wrote a piece for my writing group.  The topic: Weekend I wanted to write about a weekend and instead, I ended up writing about a couple in a BMW I saw on a recent road trip. The Weekend   “It’s only a weekend.”  When...

Little Fires Everywhere  by Celeste Ng (Goodreads Author) Shaker Heights could be any suburb anywhere . The rules, cliques, routines, expectations and conformity are embodied by Mr. and Mrs. Richardson, who happen to own a duplex they rent out to Mia, a free-spirited artist, and her young daughter, Pearl....

[caption id="attachment_700" align="alignnone" width="300"] Madhuri Vijay, The Far FieldPublisher: Grove Press[/caption] The Far Field, a novel by Madhuri Vijay If you’re looking for a well-developed critique of Indian class prejudice, you will undoubtedly appreciate this novel’s engaging plunge into the depths of political upheaval in Kashmir....

I can’t believe I just finished reading an entire book about algorithms.  As a retired English teacher and adjunct instructor, I’ve got plenty of time to indulge in any kind of reading I want to do.  Now, I can read all of Shakespeare again, maybe...

  I Let You Go begins with a chilling accident, the death of a young child. Jenna Gray leaves the scene of the accident and moves to a seaside town on the Welsh coast. There is an unexpected twist and a very detailed narrative from the...

Use this PowerPoint to engage young readers before reading, Will You Sit on My Porch?  Everyone has a pumpkin tale, why not tell yours? Click on the link below.  Enjoy! https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1s-1Xsyp63jY-jiMCmLhFE_B1s8FW1yloAc2BPpmK-Ww/edit#slide=id.g35105f6228_0_35  ...

New English language learners are often intimidated by books that are read by native speakers.  However, reading from an ESL-designated list is not always the best way to find a great book.  Here is a list of books students have found to be enjoyable and...