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Russia

A year of living and teaching in northern Russia.

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Fictions

Prose and poetry.

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Teaching

Creative learning for all.

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Ideas

Meaning is created by people.

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На богине

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На богине. All day I’ve had this phrase stuck in my head. На богине — na baginye. But I couldn’t remember what it meant in English. I thought of misty windswept moors and ancient bogs, or of cottages in the countryside. I finally looked it up, and богиня means goddess. На богине — in the […]

Dreamboat

Swimming Pool at Sunrise

Today’s writing prompt is brought to you by the random word generator at textfixer.com, which spits out a random string of six words to get the creative juice flowing. I let myself slide with one word unused. alphabetical – hatch – seducer – cruise – airport – low   I didn’t want to go on […]

October in Search of a Story

October in Search of a Story

Today is the first day of OctInSeSt, October In Search of a Story, my month of warming up for NaNoWriMo. Won’t you join me in search of a story worth telling? This is what I wrote today.   Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Today is the first day of […]

8 Rules for Angsty Saturdays

8 Rules for Angsty Saturdays

Rule #1. When you start to feel a chasm of hopelessness open just below your heart, but above the pit of your stomach, turn off the Internet. Rule #2. Never apologize for eating mac n cheese. Rule #3. Hydrate. Rule #4. Do something. Empty the dishwasher or do laundry or something. Enjoy the tiny blossom […]

Begin

Begin

When you decide to begin, there are a few things you will need: Paper is essential. Batteries die and screens freeze, but paper is eternal — to a point. Everything can be typed up later — this is your immortality after all. A pen. Turn off your cell phone. Don’t just put it on vibrate, […]