Edges

A couple of months back, one thing led to another… I started to follow the blog of Lena Roy, writer and granddaughter of famed author Madeleine L’Engle. Then she checked out my blog. The latest posting just happened to be about her grandmother’s influence on me and the time L’Engle signed my copy of A […]

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Tesser Well

By Amanda Cleary Eastep “Tesser well.” The handwritten words quiver across the novel’s title page, and I imagine the woman, then in her 80s, whose trembling hand penned them. “For Amanda” is written above the strange instruction, and below it, the name of my favorite childhood author, Madeleine L’Engle. In 2004, I mailed my 1976 […]

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Snow Day Pictures

1. 23.0 inches Jan 26-27, 1967 2. 21.6 inches Jan 1-3, 1999 3. 20.2 inches Feb. 1-2, 2011 So, I have now experienced the top 3 biggest snow falls in Chicago history (although I was too young to remember the first one…) Today, Wednesday, February 02, 2011, the College is closed for business and classes. […]

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Knit from Dirt

[In anticipation of the end of winter–yes, I start anticipating early–I’m sharing something I wrote last spring. Ah, spring…] He made us from this. This darkness, this ancient batter of living and dead and living again things. I like that God made us from dirt, instead of from nothingness. I like that we walk earth’s surface until […]

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Quelf with the Family

Random mayhem. This could describe our weekly family night on occasion but seemed to be the official theme Thursday night when six of us gathered around the table for a game of Quelf. The rest of the family just didn’t have the energy…and it takes a lot to play this game, the gist of which […]

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To be (a teacher), or not to be

In a couple of weeks, I’ll be teaching a media writing course at the college where I work full time in public relations. I also serve as an adjunct faculty member. Ironically, I applied for a similar position in the English department about 10 years ago, and my interview with the very erudite professor fell […]

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