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Do Good, Feel Great

Do Good, Feel Great

As most of you know, I am a member of Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Lighthouse is a non-profit writing community that offers workshops for all ages. I teach adults, but I am fortunate to teach in the Young Writers Program as well. This means I sometimes teach in Denver-area schools either as part of an after-school program or as a visiting writer during the school day. Sometimes I teach at summer camps or on weekends or on school holidays. At Lighthouse,…

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My Heart Is Not Easily Opened

My Heart Is Not Easily Opened

On Thursday mornings I take a yoga class at my local rec center. I like this class. It’s held in a large sunny studio overlooking a park. Between yoga poses I see squirrels scampering up trees in the fall. I see snow falling in the winter. I see dogs racing across an open field in the summer. I see groups of young women gather for mid-morning walks in the spring. All the while, I stretch and balance and attempt to do…

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The Kids Are All Right

The Kids Are All Right

Yesterday I taught a creative writing segment to a group of elementary school kids. It was my last teaching gig of 2016. This year, thanks to Denver’s Lighthouse Young Writers Program, I worked with third graders and high school seniors and middle school students. I taught suburban kids and city kids. I taught one ninth grader who told me she catches a city bus at six o’clock every morning to get to school. Do you know how dark it is at at 6…

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My Father’s Daughter

My Father’s Daughter

I taught a high school class this morning in the Denver suburbs. It’s homecoming week and the whole school was decked out in black and gold. In the middle of all this manufactured enthusiasm, I told the students to pay attention to those things that truly light a fire in them, to be aware of the ideas and themes that resonate as they read and write and move through the world. It took me a long time to learn this and to apply…

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