Category Archives: writing (the craft of writing; good vs. bad writing; my training, experience, and lessons re same)

reflections on writing of an autobiographical nature

        perspective in Joyce’s ‘Portrait of the Artist’       A relative has commented on a post of mine on this site, namely “My Boyhood,” at https://rogersgleanings.com/2016/04/10/boyhood/ She had some questions and made some observations about … Continue reading

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a scholarly putdown

    A friend told me a story the other day. He was given the assignment of writing a poem as a sophomore in high school. His teacher handed it back to him the next day and made the following … Continue reading

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further reflections upon my post, “the greatest country” (and about the writing process)

      I have received harsh criticisms over the past couple of days in response to a new post of mine: “the greatest country in the world.” It appears that I have committed “thought crime,” that I am guilty of … Continue reading

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office politics (reflections upon, plus some thoughts about writing as it relates to IQ)

    I had a varied and spotty career in my work life. I was a freelancer for a few years, interrupted my career to pursue a graduate degree, but spent most of my work life working in offices. I … Continue reading

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Psych 132b

    The following is a true story. I haven’t thought about it for a long time. An obituary in the The New York Times of June 25, 2016 of Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham reminded me of it, indirectly. … Continue reading

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a beautiful letter

  The following letter is currently being exhibited in the Centro Federico García Lorca in Granada, Spain. The letter was written in 1931 by the famous Spanish poet, playwright, and theatre director Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) to Encarnación López (married … Continue reading

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a letter of recommendation

        My father wrote this recommendation for my good friend John Harris in October 1965. John was a 1963 graduate of Canton High School in Canton, Massachusetts. I feel that my father’s letter of recommendation demonstrates – … Continue reading

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