Tag Archives: Robert W. Tighe

the importance of professionalism (as seen by a writer)

    Last winter, I emailed a relative with the following comment: “Largely because of having had professional experience, I know I’m not fooling myself when I say my stuff is good, unlike a lot of people who fancy themselves … Continue reading

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a baseball story

  My high school English teacher, Robert W. Tighe, was, for some reason I never knew, a New York Yankees fan. This, despite the fact that, as far as I knew, he was raised in Massachusetts. He used to argue, … Continue reading

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“it all depends on where you draw the line”

      My high school English teacher, Robert W. Tighe, was a wonderful teacher and a learned man in the humanities. He also was equipped with practical knowledge and wisdom, the sort that could be applied to everyday affairs … Continue reading

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an election related anecdote (apropos The Donald’s upset win)

      I had an outstanding high school English teacher, Robert W. Tighe, who was full of worldly wisdom as well as being erudite. He was a World War II veteran and was a man of few illusions. He … Continue reading

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My English Teacher, Robert W. Tighe

              The following is a message of mine posted on Facebook in response to a daughter of my former English teacher Robert W. Tighe.     ****************************************************************     In your Facebook post of … Continue reading

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An Early Lesson in Writing

  When I was around 13 and still in junior high school, we had a discussion at the dinner table in our home in Massachusetts one Sunday afternoon that was intellectually stimulating, as was often the case. My older brother … Continue reading

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Roger Smith, “Learning How to Write”

  During the summer of 1962, between my sophomore and junior years at Canton High School in Canton, Massachusetts, a summer school course was offered taught by my older brother’s English teacher, Robert W. Tighe. I had had practically no … Continue reading

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