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Greece

23 February 2013 Dear Dr. Papillon; When I was in the fourth grade, I read a book called From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, in which a brother and sister run away from home to live in … Continue reading

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Show, Don’t Tell

One of the most valuable things about having Paul Heilker here with us was his presence in the room when we discussed his essays. I learned more on the days we read his pieces than at any other time in … Continue reading

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Home: An Exercise in Meaning-Making

Last Tuesday we were asked to write a piece about our hometown. I found this particularly difficult because we were given a sample essay and challenged to imitate the writing style as closely as possible. The original piece, Lake Wobegone, … Continue reading

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A Visitor in Lugano

The streets of Lugano follow the slope of the mountain, descending in a woven net of cobblestone and brick to the edge of the lake. The buildings rise and fall too, but this descent is less easily visible, at least … Continue reading

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This Semester: An Overview

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Congratulations, Blacksburg. It’s December.

This week’s forecast:

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Finals Week: Personal Finance

Quotes from the class notes:    

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Finals Week: Creative Nonfiction

It was either very late or very early. I could no longer tell if the editing was making things better or worse. All I wanted to do was go to sleep. My rational brain had long ago disappeared under a … Continue reading

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Finals Week: Controversial Issues

This semester I took an Honors Colloquium called “Controversial Issues in Science and Society.” I would highly recommend this class to anyone looking for a good discussion of current events, politics, ethics, and critical thinking. For my, the most significant … Continue reading

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Robots and Scarves

I have mastered the art of blind knitting. I have two weeks to finish my family’s Christmas presents, and two weeks to spend with my friends before I go home. I won’t see them again until next fall. I’ve decided … Continue reading

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