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Fly Jefferson Airplane

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 “Jefferson Airplane”? Not exactly a contemporary reference, I know. But the confluence of several streams of consciousness has me writing this. And, as my wife will tell you, I spend a lot of time in the past. Donovan This guy Many years ago, in high school, I discovered Donovan. If

College Admission Essays—It’s Personal!

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Yes, that’s me. And a real blackboard. Long ago. I spent years teaching English in high school. (And yes, my desk was usually messy.) For more than a dozen of those, I was a department chair. I helped create school policy for work with tutors. As a school representative, and

Meeting Death in Thrones and Elsewhere

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I know that many of you are not Game of Thrones fans. While I am writing about the show, it is not from a fan’s perspective (though I am one). So, know that you won’t be left in the dark by what follows. I’m finding myself profoundly affected by the

How Important is Honesty in Songwriting?

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A recent blog from ReverbNation titled, “Why Honesty is Important in Songwriting” got me thinking about this. And my title isn’t really honest (to tell the truth) because I believe, as did the writer of the article, that honesty is very important. For me, the question is more about how,

Oh, Johnny Crewcut

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I have a song called “Johnny Crewcut” about young men I grew up with and went to school with in Gill, MA, and who weren’t as lucky as I was, as I am. The character is a composite of two or three individuals, but the reason for the title is