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A Challenge From a Teacher

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Larry C
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A Challenge From a Teacher
By Larry Chadwick
In Memory of my daughter Ginger Michelle


L.L. Bean wasn’t really her style. But then again that hat. She had to have that hat. It would work so perfect with her classroom. So she sat down at her computer and proceeded to write a whole sequence of topic titles. Relying on her kindergarten experience she got her scissors out and separated each title into a single paper strip. When they were folded in half they went into her hat. And the hat went to her high school English classroom. It would do her juniors and seniors good to write impromptu papers on random topics.

The following is my challenge to you:

I have started on this challenge and intend to write them all. But my challenge to you is to take one of your choosing and for a few minutes be a high school student again. Prose or poetry your choosing.

Assignments From My Daughter
Ginger Michelle Chadwick

1. Flattery Versus Praise
2. If I Could Meet A Star
3. Words Don’t Always Mean What They Say
4. Where My Money Goes
5. Keeping Peace
6. Making Our Highways Safe
7. The Influence of Motion Pictures
8. Get Rich Quick
9. Vacation USA
10. Today’s Music
11. Gold Is Where You Find It
12. Proper Clothes for The Young Adult
13. Living Cheaply But Well
14. Honesty In Advertising
15. I Predict…
16. Good Bye, High School
17. I Don’t Want To Be Rich
18. My Hero
19. I Was So Embarrassed!
20. If I Could Write A Column
21. Prom Etiquette
22. That’s Not Funny
23. Just Say “No!”
24. Never Say “No!”
25. How To Get What You Want
26. My Best Friend
27. You Can’t Choose Your Relatives
28. The Most Important Invention Of Our Time
29. Improving Government

April 4, 2003

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

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Yup, you can't get anything past me
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2 posted 04-07-2003 03:10 PM       View Profile for KristieSue   Email KristieSue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit KristieSue's Home Page   View IP for KristieSue

I just saw this... ;-) Seems like an interesting assignment.  I'm going to go dig out a hat and do the same for myself...

might not be the best, but I'll give it a shot....

Thanks for the ideas!!!

Failure isn't failure if a lesson from it is learned ~ KS

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Yes, Larry.  I'll join you here in the classroom, or sit in the corner wondering why I didn't...

Your daughter is so proud of you!

[This message has been edited by Sunshine (04-07-2003 03:45 PM).]

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Heh heh excellent. This is exactly what I've been looking for

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I found two that interest me... I will try that. Thank you.

Kielo

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kaile,
Thanks. You're a great guy! I know you turned your work in early...

KristieSue,
I'm looking forward to the results! Thanks.

Karilea,
I'm eager to see what gets turned in. It may seem odd, but this took a fair amount of courage to post. Thank you I needed that.

Rhonda,
Cool! I can hardly wait! Thanks.


Kielo,
Perfect...I'll be watching. Thanks!

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

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this is way cool, Larry!

~Liz

Waited on a line of greens and blues, just to be the next to be with you..
~Mr. Big

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http://piptalk.com/pip/Forum15/HTML/001734.html

thank you for the inspiration Larry...it was one of those days where I needed to write in spite of my mothy moody muse.
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So glad you posted this, Larry.
This may be just what my muse needs...I'll give it a shot.
I have no doubt that Ginger is smiling proudly
at you right now.
Hugs to you, friend.
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Liz,
Does that mean you've joined the class? Thanks so much.

JM,
My pleasure and what a wonderful write it is. You made my day, thanks.

Vicky,
Cool, I'd like that and thank you for your kindness.

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

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11 posted 04-10-2003 11:19 AM       View Profile for kaile   Email kaile   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for kaile

hi again, just read your comment in the English Workshop and thought i throw you another assignment to make it 30

30. Sarcasm vs Humour

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LOL, you know I can write VOLUMES about that #28...the greatest invention.
I can assure you it's indoor plumbing!
Some day I'll have to write about outhouses and the annual Outhouse races in Alaska.
I'm not kidding!

[This message has been edited by Midnitesun (04-10-2003 07:47 PM).]

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kaile,
I'm thinking Ginger would have liked that assignment a lot. You're the best.

Kacy,
So are you skipping class? Huh, are ya'?

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

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Yes, Larry - I understand what courage this took.  I truly do.  I have posted Journey Part I and Journey Part II in the Open Forum.

I hope you approve.

          Karilea - If I whisper, will you listen?...

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Hi Larry,
Please accept my meagre offerings...
http://piptalk.com/pip/Forum64/HTML/003411.html
http://piptalk.com/pip/Forum39/HTML/001762.html

Thanks for providing good reasons to write...

Regards,
Sudhir

[This message has been edited by Sudhir Iyer (04-11-2003 10:06 AM).]

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Larry - I saw your note.  Do you want me to continue?
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You had to ask? Don't stop! Incredible stuff, I love it. I'm at work and couldn't get to the second piece right away. But already replied in it. I wasn't complaining even a little bit. Tears have never frightened me, ever.

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

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Larry, thank you.  All parts, I-V, are now done, and perhaps a column was formed.  I don't know.  I will leave that to you...and I hope you don't mind, but this wrote itself, or perhaps your daughter sat with me, and wrote it for me...

all I know, is that for now, I will only complete this one challenge.  It felt right, and I thank you for allowing me to continue a "father/daughter" dance...

and I hope it brought something to you.  I know it did for me.  Now, I am tired, and will not write any more on this particular subject, but did want to thank you, for adding a stick to the fire, and for watching the embers go high...

and now I must go finish my other project...yes, that one...

it's time.





  
Karilea - if I whisper, will you listen?


[This message has been edited by Sunshine (04-12-2003 11:27 AM).]

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Larry, this is really great. It's like everyone who accepts your challenge is writing a tribute to your wonderful daughter.

No, I didn't know her personally, but from what I've read about her from you and the others, she sounded like a really wonderful person on the inside and out.

I will try to write something. I don't promise on challenges because I never know how they will turn out.

This is really touching to me, dear friend.  

Heart Hugs,
Ethel
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Karilea,
Indeed this meant much to me. And it seems there is an element of Ginger in it. It was moving that it dealt, in large part, with a phase of life to which we never arrived. A column if ever there was one. Thank you so much for participating in this challenge. I have been richly blessed for it.


Ethel,
No commitments required. It is so meaningful that anyone has an interest in this project. And thank you for such kind words. It is much appreciated.

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

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I'm in Larry. I've done a few.

(¨`·.·´¨) (¨`·.·´¨)
  ·.¸(¨`·.·´¨)¸.·´
     *`·.¸.·´*
    Love Always
       Kellie

I TAWT I TAW a puddy CAT!

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Thanks Kellie,
I found the goodbye one.

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

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