September 11, 2018

Although I write stories about my life in my creative nonfiction essays, I’ve shied away from writing this story. Most of my people have never heard about the time when I planned a surprise party, then didn’t go because my mother was inflexible in her plans to visit me in Denver, Colorado where I lived at the ti...

August 17, 2018


Hi Isabel,

So you want to be a writer? You can. Welcome to the game of writing.

Words have power, so choosing your words carefully is the object of the game of writing. It's like your story is a puzzle and finding the right words will make the story shine.

As a writer it's important that you use words that you a...

May 29, 2018

I sat in the cafeteria in the Havana airport eating yet another serving of beans and  rice and watched as an American teenage girl had a First World Problem in a Third World country.

“No ketchup in Cuba?” she yelled at her mother. “What kind of country doesn’t have ketchup?”

The teen slumped into an empty chair at...

March 5, 2018



Dear Students and Former Students,

Do you remember the day after Columbine when you walked into my high school English class and refused to work? You sat staring at me, waiting for an explanation on how a massacre could happen to teens your age just twenty-five miles from our school.

You had friends at that...

February 4, 2018

   A photo with my late father.  (Uncle Rudy: photo bomber)                                  


It was a fierce love that connected me to my uncle Rudy. He was more than a second father, more than a mentor and more tha...

January 17, 2018

Need some classroom tips? Use Holly Winter's that come from her 28 years in the elementary, middle and high school classrooms of America.

TIP #1: If you want a missing/stolen item returned before lunch, say “If I have to spend my lunch reviewing the video tape to figure out who took it, I’ll be in a bad mood for...

January 5, 2018

This year I resolve to:

  1. ***Eat fried dough with sugar on top.

  2. ***Get a speeding ticket.

  3. ***Be the object of at least one Trump tweet.

  4. ***Take out the garbage.

  5. ***Get a new credit card.

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January 1, 2018

There were fewer people at mom’s New Year’s party this year. Dad passed away three years ago; he’s out for the count. Her best friend whom we called Aunt Ann died last year. Mom’s brother, my favorite uncle, passed a few months ago; we miss them all.

Aunt Sandy, who’s mind is failing, is home taking care of Uncle...

December 31, 2017

It’s the last day of 2017. I was going to write one more thing before the end of the year. And I didn’t. Well, not yet. 

You see, I would write if…

I would write if I had a new journal.

I would write if I had a pen.

I would write if I had a place to write that wasn’t covered in chaos from my move.

I would write if I...

October 13, 2017

What's the Answer?
By Holly Winter

As a kindergarten teacher, I’ve heard a lot of stories. By the eighth day of school this year, a boy told me, “Mom is going to buy more water for our house when she gets a job because our water is dirty and the police said we can’t drink it.”

A five year old girl asked me where m...

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