The weekend of May 16th I’m helping out with an exciting local writing conference. If you are a writer or aspire to write nonfiction, fiction or poetry, I hope to see you at the Write on the River Conference at Wenatchee Valley College next month. Why should you go?
Little Joe wasn’t surprised when he discovered he was Native American. He had brown eyes, dark hair and some of his friends called him “Chief.” On his 13th birthday he decided to find out who his birth parents were. He had a good adopted family who provided him with an excellent education and a healthy life. But he wanted more.
The phone call from a worthy cause: “We are having an auction to raise funds for charity, and we want you and any artist you know to donate work. The exposure will be great for you. You can deduct the donation from your taxes.” (The allowed deduction is for of materials only, hardly any of the charities understand this when they decide to have an art auction, nor do they consider minimum bids, or sharing proceeds with the artists.)
MANSON — There's a fascinating educational transformation beginning in the Manson School District that is engaging students in ways far more relevant and meaningful than the standard approach to teaching.
These past seven days were filled with playoff hockey games and hunting for stand-alones. A stand-alone photograph is one that presents some news value to the readers without needing a written story to support it. Enough news is given in the caption to support the photograph. When the stories that reporters are writing don't lend themselves to strong pictures, news photographers take part in the great picture hunt. (The first edition of David LaBelle's book was a stronge source of inspiration for me out of college.) I drive to locations ...
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Two really nice things happened in my junior English class last week. We were finishing up “The Great Gatsby.” The kids were pretty excited about it — they’d done some work in their history class about the era; many of the students, mostly girls, had seen the latest movie, the book was short; the prose not too challenging. Most of the students actually read the book and didn’t rely on Spark Notes or other internet sources for their information. So the class discussion was lively and good.