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Thank You Maxine Greene

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Dear Dr. Steedly, Belatedly, I thank you for your generous letter, and, more than that, for the opportunity to read your beautiful, scholarly dissertation. It is not only the overlap of our commitments. It is the authenticity of your “class notes”; and it is the delicacy and skill with which you present the nuances of classroom life and the actuality …

Deciduous

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Definition of DECIDUOUS 1 : falling off or shed seasonally or at a certain stage of development in the life cycle <deciduous leaves><deciduous scales> 2 : having deciduous parts <maples, birches, and other deciduous trees> b : having the dominant plants deciduous <a deciduous forest> 3 : ephemeral — de·cid·u·ous·ness noun Examples of DECIDUOUS the bare branches of a deciduous tree in winter he chose not to fret about the deciduous discomforts of his existence Origin of DECIDUOUS Latin deciduus, from decidere to fall off, from de- + cadereto fall — more at chance First …

The Starfish Story

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I started a term of service as an AmeriCorps Member in September of 1994, during the first year of AmeriCorps. I served my community in support of a state-wide scholarship initiative in Indiana. President Bill Clinton swore us in via satellite from the White House our first day. I was one of 22,000 AmeriCorps Members who said the AmeriCorps pledge …

A Conversation With An Iris

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I imagine the stories of the irises in my parent’s backyard. The yard that was once my yard. Deep purple with a whisper of violet and a golden backbone. Their genealogy can be traced to my great-grandmother’s garden. They have been fed by 100 years of soil and rain. 100 winters they have slept in silence. They have survived the …