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Broke in Boston-Day 3

I’ve been trying to put my finger on why this day was my favorite of the trip, because I missed our Chicago friend already and I went through something pretty momentous, but I think it has a lot to do … Continue reading

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Broke in Boston-Day 2

  Since our Chicago friend had been to Boston before, and also had to leave two days earlier than we did, Thursday became our trip to Salem. It’s not far and if you are a literary or history buff, worth … Continue reading

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My Head is Full of Poems that Barely Make it to the Page.

Student This is how you use an apostrophe; this is how you use a semi colon; this is how you use a dash; this is how you analyze lyrics; this is how you analyze a poem; this is how you … Continue reading

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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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