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Writing with My Students: A Secret Door Story

Writing with My Students: A Secret Door Story I wrote last week about a writing assignment that my students are doing. While I am teaching them, I am also honing my craft as a writer by participating in the assignment with them (right down to offering my paper to tenth graders to edit). Writing What […]

A Fascination with Secret Doors

A Fascination with Secret Doors A football coach recently told a group how much coaches like to be innovative. He followed that statement by admitting that there are really only about fifteen football plays, and “we all like to think we invented them.” There is much truth in his statement. If you reduce the various […]

Chubs, His Sidekick, and the Cornbread Incident

“A Tearjerker” What do you think of when you hear the term sidekick? Maybe Tonto, Robin, Boo Boo? I wrote a story in my first book about a loyal sidekick, the most loyal “wingdog” I’ve ever seen. One of the reviews of Lines in the Gravel (and 52 Other Re-Told Childhood Tales) that I have […]

Changes Coming for Lines in the Gravel

Changes Coming for Lines in the Gravel I have often been asked, “How long did it take you to write your first book?” Seems like a straightforward question to which I could respond with a simple answer. Uh, not so much. The short answer is that I wrote Lines in the Gravel (and 52 Other […]