What’s the Use of Stories…

“What’s the use of stories that aren’t even true?” That’s the terrible question asked by Haroun of his father, Rashid Kalifah the storyteller in the novel Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie. This terrible question and a blog post by a writer of novels for young adults made me think about why…

Provisioning in Bermuda

This post is the first in a series about the year I spent (fall 1985-August 1986) as the cook/stewardess/deckhand on the Jubliee, a 75″ sloop. When you shop for food, supplies, and stores on a boat it is called provisioning.  Provisioning is a snap, really, when you are traveling shorter passages (three to five days),…

Jubilee Photo Album

That darn 99 things meme and Michael Doyle’s comment has got me thinking about the year (fall 1985 to 1986) I spent on a boat – a 75 foot, sloop rigged, Ted Hood designed motor sailor.  Well, I’ve tried to write about this and I find that I can’t write about it all at one…

The Wordle Challenge

Paul at quoteflections tagged me on this one, and it has taken me a bit of time to get to it. I created the wordle last week hoping I would get to it – here it is: I use Wordle in my classroom to help make abstractions more concrete.  My favorite way to do this…

Cold and Apples

I have been saving the last of the Wolf River Apples, carefully stored in the basement refrigerator for the holidays.  I made an apple pie at Thanksgiving using them, and the last ten pounds will be for Hanukkah applesauce. Wolf River apples are unusual for two reasons: they are HUGE, the size of a large…