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Come With Me

Here is another story I wrote as a sample for my students.  This one began with a black and white photo of Richard Burton from the movie The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.  The other pictures I added from around the web. Come With Me “I don’t know who I am.”  It was a … Continue reading

I’ll Drive

Whenever my students write, I try to write as well.  Last year my sophomores worked on creating their own short stories.  To give them an example I sat down and wrote a couple as well.  This is the first of the bunch. Their assignment was simple.  Select a photograph from the stack I provided.  Use … Continue reading

There’s just something about Danish TV!

Certain times of the year the number and quality of choices on TV runs dry.  The fall network season has yet to begin and the summer cable shows have wrapped up.  It’s slim pickings out there. So this is when I wander off to foreign TV shows.  The BBC thankfully broadcasts great TV shows from … Continue reading

Go West Young Man! Day 7 & 8

Hold on!  What happened to day 6?  Well, after all of our hiking and camping… we needed a day of recovery.  Fresno, California unfortunately isn’t much to look at(and at the time was boiling hot in the 108-110F range).  We planned on going to see a movie, The Dark Knight Returns, but instead watched the … Continue reading

Go West Young Man! Day 5: Yosemite

Yosemite Valley Howard recommended a visit early in the day to Yosemite Valley to beat the crowds.  So we working backwards from the first valley shuttle of the day of 7am, we left Mammoth Lakes in the pre-dawn darkness about 5am. We went back through the Tioga Pass entrance to Yosemite.  Ranger Dan was still … Continue reading

Go West Young Man! Day 4

Day 4: Tuolumne Meadows and Bodie No Bears! Sadly no bears visited our campsite in Mammoth Lakes during the night.  I really liked Mammoth Lakes and Howard said he could see me retiring there after teaching.  It’d be perfect. I could ski all winter(season pass is about $1000), and run and hike (and fish)all summer. … Continue reading

Go West Young Man! Day 3: Mammoth Lakes

Day 3: Mammoth Lakes I awoke following the hike up Telescope Peak and was surprised.  The feeling of creeping doom that had washed over me the day before was gone.  My only sensation was that of being rather fatigued.  Strangely I didn’t feel that I’d crippled myself with the hike.  My legs were sore, but … Continue reading

Go West Young Man! Day 2: Death Valley part 2

Day 2: Hike to Telescope Peak The unexpected visitors I awoke with a start.  Howard was leaning over me by the zipped closed screen “door” to the tent.  I thought he wanted out, but couldn’t find the zipper(which was odd because with the full moon it was easy to see inside the tent). He hushed … Continue reading

Go West Young Man! Day 1: Death Valley part 1

So I’ve travled all over the US, but I haven’t made it to California… until now. My college roommate and very good friend, Howard, and I decided to hike around the hinterland of California. Death Valley, Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequioa… Day 1 I flew into Las Vegas from Philadelphia; Howard made the flight from … Continue reading