Tag Archives: Billy Collins

Discerning Dialogue

I attended a talk by poet laureate and poetry professor Billy Collins earlier this year. Someone asked him whether anyone can produce a poem, and he noted that one thing that cannot be taught is metaphor. Thinking metaphorically seems to … Continue reading

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Escape

Things Fall Apart is a title that frequently has popped into my mind during the past few years. Its author, Chinua Achebe, lived three decades longer than my husband, but died on the same March day. Where does “escape” fit into … Continue reading

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The Great Circle

Most of us are taught and internalize the idea that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Captain Joe probably would disagree. This axiom may hold true in Euclidean Geometry, but there is a reason pilots fly … Continue reading

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Fever’s Edge

A few nights ago I was running a respectable fever and was utterly miserable.  The plates of my skull seemed to shift; fireworks went off behind my eyes; the supply of tissues was exhausted long before my sneezing fits ebbed. … Continue reading

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