Tag Archive | school

Guess Who Died: A Game for the Living

  Every two weeks, I call my parents if they don’t beat me to the punch. The first half is with my father, where I learn about the minutes of daylight lost or gained this season in comparison to my more dramatic latitude, the latest in his battles to defeat encroaching development, and his pre-industrial […]

Some People I Knew

Some People I Knew

I am not sad now. Sad is too light a word, like using steam to build a bridge. What weight could such a bridge hold? But the world is bigger than our sense of it, and, depending on conditions, steam can hold a lot. Trapped inside a cylinder, it can pull a chain and lift that […]

Work Monday Cookies

Mondays can be iffy. Sunday’s podrome dates back to earliest elementary school, but not leftover fears of forgotten book reports, the looming teacher, the red pen. It’s even simpler: the growing dusk, parents calling to come in, running out of time to play. I can remember sitting inside at the kitchen table, a pool of […]

Keep Keep Moving

Madness has a song by this name. I first heard it from a cassette loaned me by my first cubemate. 1991. Ties were required, stories told of being sent home without pay for trying to get by with just a sweater. I had nothing to do. I worked hard at it, reading Stereo Review and rewriting […]

Early to Both

Everybody loves Ben Franklin. In high school at least, we are all introduced to his scrappy intellectualism, his nascent can-do-Americanism, his shopkeeper’s sense of neat-book economy. I got a double dose, my parents having grown up in Pennsylvania. Summer trips there left the impression he was the state saint: everything was dedicated to him, somehow […]

Throwing Away

Unpacking a box Magic Markered “IT and SF”, I found these books. Square, thick, solid as rocks with screenshots and code examples. I felt the weight of each, thought, stopped thinking. I threw them away. Seven years ago I re-entered the echoing brick halls of school–community college this time. I was sick, working a part-time […]