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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Mildred Morgan Changed My Life

Mrs. Morgan, my tenth-grade English teacher, was near retirement age in 1967, white-haired, lively, and enthusiastic. She smiled a lot. She loved teaching and loved teaching writing. She told me I was a good writer. Maybe she said the same to everyone, but her words encouraged me nonetheless. She introduced me to The Elements of Style  […]


On the rare occasions I shake hands with someone whose hands are even colder than mine, I realize what an unpleasant experience it is. “Icicle” and “dead fish” come to mind. Unfortunately, my frigid fingers are usually subjecting another person to the chill. I try not to complain about the weather, per se. It’s futile, […]

Churches Not Just Window Dressing

The blog section at Scene, our local alternative weekly, posted a column I recently wrote. Read it here.

Lowering Expectations for the New Year, Again

In 2003, I wrote a column for the Cleveland Plain Dealer about New Years Resolutions. As in previous years, I aspired to read all of Proust, give up sugar, meditate daily, be nicer to my family, get up earlier, keep my desk clean, and try new recipes. I hoped to get books back to the library on time, defragment […]