Dr. Louise Cowan: A Heart that Sees

Although she smiled warmly and spoke gently (and, if I remember rightly, barely cleared five feet in height!), I was somewhat abashed, not only by her chic southern elegance, but by the dark sunglasses she wore at all times. Dr. Louise suffered from a thyroid disorder which left her nearly blind, and after a series of surgeries, her eyeballs protruded and were discolored, and her face was scarred. Another student went into her office after me. For several reasons, this girl was on the outs with … [Read more...]

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Poetry-ize your house for the summer

Behold my triumph in a stealth supplemental classical education!  My nine-year-old son, the one affectionately known as "Rat Boy," came up to me and said, "I really liked that thing you put up, the one about the cows and everything."  He meant the great G. M. Hopkins poem "Pied Beauty," which I had printed out, matted on construction paper, and tacked over his gerbil's tank without comment. He and his siblings certainly did not want to memorize poems when we were homeschooling!  Boy, did they no … [Read more...]

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USPS accidentally creates brilliant tribute to the mediocrity of Maya Angleou

Maya Angelou  has been dead long enough. As someone who still owes money on my student loan for my BA in literature with a concentration in lyrical poetry, I declare it fine to make fun of her now. Here we go: On Tuesday, the USPS unveiled a limited-edition stamp intended to honor the late poet Maya Angelou, featuring her beaming smile and a choice quotation to fill the frame. "A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer," reads the stamp, "it sings because it has a song."  The only … [Read more...]

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At the Register: Making Ashes Out of You and Me

This is the best thing I have ever written in my entire life. … [Read more...]

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At the Register: The Light of the Child

A poem, a tune, a painting for Christmas.  May the baby who brings us warmth and light bless you all! … [Read more...]

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At the Register: Bigger on the Inside

Doctor Who is actually a fairly culturally subversive show, so I'm not convinced that the relationship between the TARDIS and --oh, lots of things -- is just a coincidence. … [Read more...]

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