Thursday, August 23, 2007
Jerry indicated to the editor that this story was very much inspired by Keith Harjes, a member who passed away early this year...Keith's birthday, incidentally, is August 27. Jerry has requested that in his bio that the story be dedicated to Keith when it appears in the issue.
Thank you for continuing to send me emails about
I am in the Philippines, where I managed to bring
along enough materials to continue working on my book.
I have also added an immense amount of material to my
website/blog "Peter's New York"
(www.petersnewyork.com), of very unequal quality. (I
am proud, without reason, of course, of a piece I did
on the "National Public Service Academy," a project
being pushed by Hillary Clinton and Christopher Shays.
I am trying to update the site every day. Most of the
material consists of nonpartisan, issue-oriented
material. Politically I come down almost equally for
Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich, the presidential
candidates on the extremities of the political spectra
of the major parties.
There's a chance I will return by the end of
September. Then I shall be glad to be able to see you
THERE'S A PROMPT!
Yes, Pencils! members, there is a PROMPT FOR THIS COMING TUESDAY'S MEETING! No excuses -- you've still got the weekend. All you have to do is write 500 words or less using the following sentence somewhere in the story:
"Who is the lucky person who gets garbage detail..."
We'll spend the first hour or so sharing and reading our pieces.
Happy writing...now sharpen those pencils and get busy!
(In case you're wondering, I'm going to do the prompt, too...)
Congratulations, Mike! Our students need competent writers teaching them so we can all look forward to a brighter future!
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Ahoy, Maties! It was pure mutinous fun down at Carol's house for the 4th Anniversary Party! Not only did we have a great big Clam Bake and Barbecue, we had boat races on the river, the anniversary cake, the unveiling of the Pencils! Writing Workshop T-shirts, and, of course...fake tattoos and lots of beer!A special thanks to our gracious and generous hosts, Kevin and Carol McManus. They truly went above and beyond with providing the festive decorations, extra victuals, and a comfortable place for us to celebrate. In addition, Lon did a phenomenal job at captaining our boat race project!
Wanna see pix? Visit our Pencils! Scrapbook page!