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yes, great teachers do make a difference

This story, part of a yearlong series on poverty we are doing at School News Network, took me into the classrooms of two remarkable teachers in Grand Rapids. For a fuller glimpse of what they do there, you can check … Continue reading

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an American in England, dreaming

It’s very English out there in Grand Rapids today, cool, gray and drizzly. The kind of day that on the old island breeds chilblains, British reserve, cozy pubs and great writers. It was this kind of day when my sister … Continue reading

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from abuse to empowerment, dancing all the way

Note from me: For faithful readers who may have been wondering what I’ve been up to, when not writing for The Grand Rapids Press/MLive, here you go. I am one of five reporters for School News Network, which covers the students … Continue reading

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words in the rubble, stories in the wind

They dig like dinosaurs, chomping into the earth These fearsome metal-jawed excavators Hauling up mouthfuls of rocky dirt, cement block, rusty rebar Kicking up the grimy, dusty detritus Of the old word factory. They tear and rend like T-Rexes These … Continue reading

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the melting of ice, the passing of time

I caught nature dying the other day. A sharp shard of ice hung from the gutter of my porch, the sun illuminating it like a Nordic pitch fork. Tiny beads of water dripped from its two tines. Out with the … Continue reading

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I remember when food was fun

When I was a kid, Mom occasionally fixed us something for dinner called “city chicken legs.” We Honey kids thought this was a real treat. It was some kind of tasty meat on a stick, breaded and fried. They were … Continue reading

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1965: the best year in rock radio, ever

In the fall of 1965 I was an invalid. I injured my back playing football in the backyard and spent the next three months in a body cast, encased chest to knees in mummifying plaster. Don’t ask about the details. … Continue reading

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