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Posts published by “Jean Swearingen”

Cupid’s Mark

On Sunday, the tenth, I attended the Roundtable at the Grange Hall, sponsored by the Anderson Valley Historical Society (part of their Annual Meeting), with…

Race Relations

I recently reread my (apparently original) paperback copy of Helen Doss’s book, The Family Nobody Wanted (1954, New York: Scholastic Book Services), the last half…

Nine Days

I am, and have always been since I first became acquainted with his body of work, a huge fan of comedian/actor/writer/producer/director Albert Brooks.  I find…

Looking Back, Part 9

My mother, like her four older sisters in Tennessee (one of whom, the 2nd grade teacher in Carthage, claimed as one of her most well-known…

Looking Back, Part 8

My parents, along with my third grade teacher, Miss Wright, highly encouraged me to read as many books as I could during my “leisure time”…

Looking Back, Part 7

My third grade year in Boonville was by far the most memorable of all three of the years that I lived there with my family,…

Looking Back, Part 5

My 2nd grade year in Mrs. Hickey’s class (the only one of my first four years in school during which my mother did not teach…

Looking Back, Part 4

Since I did not attend Kindergarten, I had not yet learned to read when I began my 1st grade year in Mrs. Tuttle’s class. My…

Looking Back, Part 3

One of the first lessons that my mother learned as a beginning teacher in Boonville in 1956 was to become friendly with as many of…

Looking Back, Part 2

We reached the top of the cliff, and the blue Pacific spread like infinity before us. “The ocean, the ocean!” the children cried, springing from…

Looking Back, Part 1

I never attended Kindergarten. I’ve had the audacity, over the years and decades, to claim that fact as the underlying reason for every life failure…

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