Joe DiPietro has been a fixture in the Bellingham, MA educational program for as long as many of us can remember. He was the superintendent of Bellingham Schools his last five years in the school system, and before that he taught high school, was a guidance director and spent twenty-five years as elementary school principal of South School Elementary, Pinecrest, Keough, the old South School and Assumption School when it was under the purview of the Bellingham School Department. [As told to Marjorie Turner Hollman] Continue reading
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Blog Post published by Association of Personal Historians, (APH) by Marjorie Turner Hollman
As personal historians, we’re usually focused on saving stories, not just telling stories. But my experience as a professional storyteller is inextricably intertwined with the work I do now as a writer, so I called on many tricks I learned when I was performing to teach a summer writing class for children at my local library. Read more…
Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and has completed two guides to Easy Walking trails in Massachusetts, “Easy Walks in Massachusetts 2nd edition,” and “More Easy Walks in Massachusetts.” A native Floridian, she came north for college and snow! New England Regional Chair for the Association of Personal Historians, she is a Certified Legacy Planner with LegacyStories.org, and is the producer of numerous veterans interviews for the Bellingham/Mendon Veteran’s History Project. http://www.marjorieturner.com
My Dad, Don Kuhl, was born in Minnesota, but his family left there when Don was fourteen, hoping to find a place where his father could live in less pain from his arthritis. After traveling to California and finding that Don’s father still had a lot of pain—it was 1937—the family drove back across the country and finally settled in Miami, Florida. Don embraced life in South Florida, especially the easy access to the ocean. He spent many hours fishing, skin diving, and just plain enjoying the wonders of life in a tropical climate. Don died recently, at home in his favorite green chair. He was always my best listener; I will miss him.
The following are excerpts from Don’s memoir, “From Minnesota to Florida: Finding a place in the Sun—Kuhl Family Stories. http://tinyurl.com/cwk3prv Additionally, I’ve included a story Don’s sister Betty told me after Don’s memoir went to press. It gives me a hint of where our family’s sense of humor came from. MTH
Don: When I was in high school, I enjoyed skin diving in Miami with my friends. We couldn’t go out and buy commercial masks or flippers then; we had to make them ourselves. My friends had made masks, and they helped me make one for myself out of red rubber. You cut it to fit around your face, cut a piece of glass to fit your face, then used metal to hold it together. The fellows I was with right after high school had made the masks and they helped me make my spear gun. Continue reading
The Reluctant Writer at Work: Writing tricks and tools, and new ideas to help your workplace writing say what you mean
Our staff participated in two Literacy Workshops facilitated by Marjorie Turner Hollman. We gained a better understanding of how to write simple, clear and accurate daily notes, lesson plans, and unique stories that the children create as they go about their day. Marjorie’s supportive and gentle approach helped our staff feel competent in their own literacy learning. Thank you, Marjorie!
Mary Varr, Director, Garelick Early Learning Center, Hockomock YMCA, Franklin, MA
Do you avoid writing tasks in your job, or find excuses to get others to write what you should take care of yourself? This short course is designed to provide the student with positive writing experiences. The sessions will consist of active writing experiences. Students will produce short pieces, share their writing with fellow classmates, and receive helpful feedback. They will gain a better understanding of what constitutes good writing, and learn simple steps they can take to improve daily writing tasks. This course is designed for people whose work (or schooling) requires them to write.
Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, More Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, and editor of Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed. Just out is her latest book, Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are. She has been a freelance writer for numerous local, regional, and national publications for the past 20+ years, has helped numerous families to save their stories, and has recorded multiple veterans oral histories, now housed at the Library of Congress. She is a co-author of the recent community history, Bellingham Now and Then.
The Reluctant Writer: Writing tricks and tools, and perhaps some new ideas to make daily writing in the classroom more fun and productive
Many adults believe they are not good writers. But writing is a skill, like cooking, driving, swimming, or language that can improve with practice. This workshop explores a few simple things participants can do every day to become more effective writers. At the completion of our time together participants should have increased confidence in their writing and have some tools that can help them become better writers.
This writing workshop addresses writing to document children’s growth and development in the classroom. Class duration is negotiable.