Author Archives: clpauwels

About clpauwels

Author; teacher; seeker of truth about life, the universe, and everything

Thank You Candidates!

Originally posted on Pizza Dive:
I am overwhelmed and tearing up as I type this. Last night was just so inspiring and reassuring and lovely and downright fun. It was Thank the Candidates Night at our All-You-Can-Eat Buffet. Six candidates…

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No Ideas But in Things: On Writing about Politics

Originally posted on BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog:
By Peter Amos No ideas but in things. Over the last two months, I’ve made my first real push for publication. Prominent magazines and journals often accept a fraction of one percent of…

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Smoke Rises in Seattle

Originally posted on BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog:
By Nancy Schatz Alton Last night I walked through the smoke, face mask on. I walked through the smoke with my friend of 30 years. I walked through the smoke through a neighborhood…

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Literary Greatness at the Expense of Female Suffering: On Junot Diaz, David Foster Wallace, and Laurent Cantet’s The Workshop

Originally posted on BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog:
By Zoë Bossiere On the morning Junot Diaz’s essay, “The Legacy of Childhood Trauma,” was published in the New Yorker, Carmen Maria Machado sent this tweet out to her followers: Hi! Today, please…

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KISS isn’t so stupid

As a teacher, I often find myself assuming a level of knowledge that doesn’t exist, and I’m frustrated, both with the student (“How can you not know that?”) and with myself (“Given the audience, why would you make that assumption?”). … Continue reading

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Whoosh!

I just spent the last half-hour shredding an innocent stack of receipts and papers rather than finish doing our taxes. Yes, I know it’s April; don’t judge! Our house is never cleaner than when I have a stack of papers … Continue reading

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Regrets…more than a few

Sometimes life throws out a roadblock to stop the infernal busy-ness society tells us is so important – working 50+ hours a week, writing a book, or running for office – and as we stumble over reality, we’re reminded what … Continue reading

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Money, money, money…

I don’t know whether it makes the world go ’round like Liza tells us in Cabaret, or if it’s funny like ABBA says in Mama Mia (rewatched for the umpteenth time Friday night), but it’s certainly the focus of Western … Continue reading

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Dot the i’s and cross the t’s

My to-do list overfloweth. So very many steps to follow to be successful in any profession, whether in the writing world or the political. First things first, of course: in writing, learn the craft. Write, and write some more. While … Continue reading

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Oh, grow up already!

As so often happens, when an idea begins poking at the edges of my unconscious, I see reminders of it in other areas of life – an occurrence blamed on our “reticular activating system.” It’s why when we’re shopping for a … Continue reading

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