• Classically Beautiful

    On Sunday, my daughter completed her History Day Project. She had chosen Jane Austen as her subject, as she wanted to study someone from history who was a woman and had a literary connection. As the parameters of the assignment were pretty broad, she decided Jane was a good fit for the project. Of course, I wholeheartedly agreed, and I had a great time helping her research and understand Austen and her role in generating readers. When we think of the classics, we tend to think that perhaps they are difficult to read and understand. I do my best to urge my students in my writing classes to give some…

  • That First Sentence

    Yesterday, my students wore a few blank stares on their faces when I asked how many had started writing their profile articles. This was a viable question since the drafts are due next week. The truth was, few had begun to write. Hence, the problem. Writing that first sentence. How to craft that first sentence is not an easy task. Often, whether it’s an assignment for school or work, or a creative endeavor you are trying to accomplish, that blinking cursor can be intimidating. Getting started isn’t always easy. But as Hemingway said, “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence you know.” Great…