Caroline in the Delta

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Jan 28 2014

Stopped.

For the first time in Caroline history, I solved a problem by not running. There are two personal constants I’ve had since seventh grade that I swear by: running and writing. I know in my deep little flickering soul that these two things are the core of my stability, my well-being, my clarification and my…

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Jan 16 2014

Arkansas Winter

I have a lot of work to do. This morning my homeroom class was incredibly stubborn, their eyes squinted, glaring, or piercing the linoleum. My voice was stern, little warmth, clear directions, fit for seven-year-olds, not pre-teens. Step by step we went. “First, your head. Hold it up without any help. Hands and fists down,…

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Jan 03 2014

Home

Before the holiday break, my students wrote to a TLI (test prep program used across Arkansas) prompt. It was their summative expository writing essay test: There are many places we might feel “at home.” Your teacher has asked you to describe the place where you feel most at home. Before you begin to write, think…

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