Shedding Skin (art, poem, & music)

A mere mention of you makes some shiver, shudder, and shake. Ssssssssssnnnnaaaaaaaake is your common name, yet you’ve been called many other things. A hisssssss, real or imaginary, can cause skin to crawl and feet to sprint as you slide serpentine over gravel low and through trees tall. Slithering into nightmares and phobias – a …

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The Things They Carried (a reading)

A young man marching carrying what is unseen fighting his own war Several years ago, one of my students visited me after school to talk about issues he was dealing with. Not criminal in nature but serious struggles that would challenge even the strongest adult. We talked for a while and I offered him resources …

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