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Avid Readers: An Endangered Species

A topic near and dear to all writers…

Stately McDaniel Manor

Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 9.40.50 PMI regularly despair about the state of my students. With relatively few exceptions–fewer seemingly each year–they are not readers. Oh, they can read. Some of them are able to read aloud quite well. But fewer and fewer of my students show the benefits of the avid reader.

What might those benefits be? Before I explain, consider this from Stephanie Cohen at 

I recently spent time with a class of fourteen-year-olds, talking about words, specifically words strung together to form speech. I started out by asking them whether they thought words could make people act in a particular way. ‘Can words lead to action?’ I asked. There was some thinking and mulling over.

We spent several weeks discussing, reading, and studying many of the greatest (and infamous) words read aloud: the Gettysburg Address, Ronald Reagan’s ‘Tear Down This Wall’ speech in Germany, John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, a host of…

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On Writing: Ryan Lilly

“A hammer made of deadlines is the surest tool for crushing writer’s block.”


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Nation’s First Free Evolution Zone

April 29, 2016 Leave a comment

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PISTOL CREEK — The Pistol Creek City Council last night approved what is believed to be the nation’s first “Free Evolution Zone” in the parking lot of the Towne Center Shopping Plaza, which includes anchor stores Piggly Wiggly, Target, Ace Hardware and Cabela’s.

“We are extremely happy with this vote,” said Vic Galapagos, founder and chairman of CLAP, the group that originally proposed the legislation. “We don’t believe anyone should be found criminally liable for the process of natural selection.”

Based loosely on the concept of Free Trade Zones (FTZ) and Urban Enterprise Zones (UEZ), where regulations and the intervention of authorities are greatly reduced to spur economic growth and development, Pistol Creek’s Free Evolution Zone is a specially designated amnesty area where acts normally considered to be felonies may be reduced to misdemeanors or automatically “no billed,” if the victim can be shown to have acted like a complete idiot.

“It’s about time that our society starts thinning the herd for its own good,” said Galapagos. CLAP stands for Culling the Lamebrains and Assholes for Progress. “And we can start right here in the parking lot of the Piggly Wiggly.”

Critics claim Galapagos was personally motivated by several instances of shopping cart dings in his brand new GMC Denali by distracted shoppers texting while navigating through the parking lot.

“While it is true that some of our valued customers might exhibit a deficit of situational awareness, seem excessively self-absorbed and display the appearance of lacking common courtesy and consideration for others,” responded Target spokesperson Caitlin Brady-Giffords, “we would prefer to see the government take a more inclusive approach to finding a solution to this situation.”

Cabela’s, on the other hand, seemed to embrace the new city ordinance with a sale on ammunition.

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Rupert Vandervell, Photographer, UK – London

April 27, 2016 Leave a comment

“In our crowded world, moments like these are becoming harder to imagine.” Rupert Vandervell, Photographer, UK – London Born and based in London, my photographic style is highly represe…

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