Monthly Archives: February 2011

Kennedy film found; why care?

A home movie of President and Mrs. Kennedy, filmed the night before he died in Dallas in 1963, came to light this week.  Roy Botello had kept the film reel stored away in a living room drawer in his San Antonio … Continue reading

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The Volcano

By Linda Lenzke The year is 1962. I’m twelve years old and walk into my sixth grade classroom. It’s a special day. I can tell because all of our desks have been rearranged into a square instead of rows, we … Continue reading

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Pecan Gems

I woke up this morning thinking about this piece I wrote in Summer 2009 for the Meals and Memories workshop I conducted with students from the UW-Madison’s Odyssey Project. The assigned theme was “Favorite Holiday Foods.” -Sarah White I am … Continue reading

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Save your local independent bookstore

We have met the enemy, and he is us. I opened my third package from Amazon books this month as I sat down to write this. I had just finished reading about Borders’ bankruptcy in the paper. Yesterday a friend forwarded … Continue reading

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Book review: Patti Smith’s “Just Kids”

I just finished reading Patti Smith’s memoir of her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe, which began in 1967 when she was 19. Just Kids takes us from their first “meet-cute” to his dying breath, March 9, 1989. I’m not a big … Continue reading

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“Start Writing Your Memoir” workshop starts 2/21

A few slots are still available in my class starting near Hilldale next Monday. The workshop meets at the Westside Senior Center, 602 Sawyer Terrace, for eight Mondays  over lunchtime, 11:00-12:50. Brown bag lunches welcome. Cost is $40. Email me at … Continue reading

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It’s Okay to Point

Carol Newman blogs at, where I drop by often to see what fresh ideas she has to stimulate me as a writer. Two things always impress me abut Carol’s blog — her ability to use images as writing prompts, … Continue reading

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