Monthly Archives: March 2008

Sabbatical Notes From Underground: Writing with Power

Part of my sabbatical plan was also to read Peter Elbow’s cookbook, which my brother Karl told me years ago was the best book about writing he ever read. Granted, it may have been the only book about writing he … Continue reading

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at age 15

Guest poet Kylie writes in honor of Maia’s fifteenth birthday. at age 15 she does a squirmy dance. hair of a man on her legs, on her head; of a goddess. wearer of Chacos, whose eyes disappear when she smiles … Continue reading

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Sherman Alexie is probably most famous for writing the screenplay to Smoke Signals back in 1998. Since then, he’s been doing some other things, like competing in the World Heavyweight Poetry Bout and doing stand up comedy. But 2007 saw … Continue reading

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Three Cups of Tea

For once I’m on the book band wagon. Duluth’s One Book read this spring is Three Cups, and there have been discussion groups at LSC (one of which I’ve attended), plus Greg Mortenson himself is speaking here in a week … Continue reading

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On stopping by Blackhoof on a sunny afternoon with Keith and Mocha

Winter showed a chink in her armor today. “I hope you don’t mind dog shit,”? he says. A rumpled black plastic bag covers a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Springer Mocha snuffles modestly. I shove my skis … Continue reading

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Go ahead. Calculate your Well-Being. You know you want to.

My friend Greg Connor wrote a masters thesis a few years ago where he explores the possibilities of measuring Well Being – what might be called Happiness – which he also equates with Wealth. Now he’s developing a website (under … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Notes From Underground: Mina P. Shaughnessy: Her Life and Work

Jane Maher’s biography of Shaughnessy is my second sabbatical read (one academic book of the month club), and I finished it right on schedule yesterday (thank heavens for leap day!). Back when I was planning my sabbatical over a year … Continue reading

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