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Carrie Mattern’s Blog

Poetry Inspired by a Trip to D.C.

 Poems by C. Mattern What Have I Become? Today I spent one fifty on a few drinks and ignored homeless.   That Time I Crashed a Family Reunion So I’m crying at Obama’s Inauguration speech, encased in a glassed wall, when … Continue reading

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DC on a Dime

This past weekend I spent my birthday in Washington, D.C. with friends. Originally we went for a teacher’s march, but the date was changed, so we still decided to go for a weekend getaway. I have been there twice, but … Continue reading

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Summer Reading

Each year I put together a list of books that I think friends and family will enjoy. This summer’s list is quite diverse, but all have special meaning behind the recommendation. To begin we will go with YA book recently … Continue reading

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To the Girl Who Made Me An Aunt

Dear Mathia, I met you when you had just turned 5. It was winter and we all met at Grandma and Grandpa Mattern’s house. You were full of joy and curiosity. You sat on my lap immediately and helped calm … Continue reading

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Dear White Friends,

I’ll start with this: I am no expert on race or relations, but what I have to share is from researching historical systemic racism and must be put out there since I continue to read ignorance and see nonsense from … Continue reading

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This Will Do.

I haven’t had much to say in awhile, but today, when I mistakenly interrupted a man praying, I realized I have much more to say than I typically give myself credit. It was after school, and as any teacher rightly … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo Madness

People tend to think of the month of March as March Madness in most areas of the United States, but for me, November was much more terrifying and emotional. Sure I love the Cinderella team beating the ego driven top … Continue reading

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What they don’t tell you.

I am battling anxiety. I was never one to openly talk about much, but I am better on paper, so here it goes. I hope at least one person benefits from this post, or at least doesn’t feel so alone. … Continue reading

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2014 Summer Reads

Every summer I compile book lists based on the every other day post from my friends begging for a new book suggestion.  With that, my top 5 will all be made into movies soon (or already may have been so … Continue reading

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Is that a scratch?

I just read a piece online called, “Jupiter’s Dot and Mine. Why Life is Unfair.” I saw it on my Twitter feed, then later, Facebook, so I clicked.  I actually read it (see NY Times article, Faking Cultural Literacy for … Continue reading

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