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    September 16th is Collect Rocks Day. Yes, that is a real thing. I got to wondering, what kinds of rocks? Smooth beach pebbles? Bits of chunky granite with flecks of pink and gold, grey, and black, with sparkles of mica? Wouldn’t it be gneiss if we could all have a shelf just for rocks? We […]
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    As announced by the Associated Press: Poet Patricia Smith has won the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement, a $100,000 honor presented by the Chicago-based Poetry Foundation. Previous winners include W.S. Merwin, Kay Ryan and the current poet laureate, Joy Harjo. Smith is known for such collections as Blood Dazzler and Incendiary Art, a […]
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    September 15, 1977 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian author whose novels, stories, and other works are highly acclaimed. Please enjoy this TED talk she gave in which she discusses the dangers of having “only one story” about other cultures; in this talk she tells how she found her authentic cultural voice, and about misunderstanding […]
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    September 15- October 15 Hispanic Heritage Month is a time set aside to appreciate and celebrate the diverse cultures and rich histories of the American LatinX community. Do you have a favorite LatinX author or book? I have a few that are very popular with my students that I’d like to share. My students are […]
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    There are altogether too many “national days/months” to recount in September, it seems. The list starts to read like a recipe: Honey, Italian Cheese, Mushrooms, Potato, Rice, Whole Grains, Blueberry Popsicles, and Better Breakfast Month Of course, my curious foodie brain got puzzling about what I could create from this strange grocery list, and, with […]

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