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Ted is a genius

I hate to admit this, but I cry every time I read the poem Spring Plowing by Ted Kooser: I have no idea why. But I do believe that if you read it slowly enough, and not for content like an email or news article, but give yourself a chance to leave the rational world

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visiting schools

Most asked by kids

I had a wonderful school visit this week. Most of my visits are good, some are very good, but only a few are wonderful. The groups were small enough so that they didn’t overwhelm the author (who, it must be remembered, spends most of her days in the company of her laptop, a birdfeeder, and

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Jen writing in her car

One writer’s (rolling) room of her own

Ahhhh, Spring. In the absence of any true winter, you’d think I’d be less anxious for birdsong, green grass, and the long-awaited flowering of the trees. But I found I was just as impatient as ever. One reason, I think, is that I write best while sitting in the driver’s seat of my car, windows

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