Dad carefully unrolled the recently acquired panoramic photos of his and his brother’s graduations from basic training during World War II. A tiny arrow was placed above both of their heads on the respective photos to identify them from the near hundred men. “That’s Bo?” I asked with quiet respect. “I don’t know that I’ve…

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Academic Coaching available While conducting a writing workshop for teens, I encountered a 14-year old boy who didn’t interact in discussions or make eye contact.  His jet black hair covered his face Emo-style leaving only piercings and tattoos visible. After giving instruction followed by an exercise, I walked the room for individual questions.  The boy…

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When the young writer didn’t communicate in his usual combination of valley-speak and text-speak, I knew something was up. “I’m crazy-busy,” he spouted, jittery as an overly caffeinated Chihuahua. I paused to inhale, maybe have a thought, so he anxiously interrupted to cement his point. “Like, OMG, cray-cray busy!” Oh, NOW I get it! Sure,…

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All the writing for his book was on one flash drive. Bending to the tyranny of fear that harm might come to the computer – a theft, a lightning strike – Bob only wrote on the flash drive, placing it in different spots throughout the house to further protect his work.  Eventually, he couldn’t find…

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