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This column first appeared in print on January 31, 2007 in that day’s issue of the Inter-County Leader.

I’m so bad at giving presents that my wife has taken to buying, wrapping, and then happily opening her own gifts so our children will think I actually got her something. As a grown man, part of me is a little embarrassed by this. Yet, another part thinks, “Is this cool or what?”

It’s true though. I’m just not good at giving gifts. I think the closest I’ve ever come to getting it right is a gift card. So, obviously, I’m a big fan. Probably not as big a fan as Brad Anderson, but then (as you will see), we like them for different reasons.


An “A” For Effort

A Figure of Speech is a literary device used to create a special effect or feeling by making some type of interesting or creative comparison.

What follows are some samples of real students’ attempts at this. Each definitely create a special “effect or feeling”–though I don’t think it’s what the writer was shooting for.

These were not written by my students. But the collection reminded me that I should really be saving more student work.

It really doesn’t get much better than this:


Killing Your Children

Writing can be a bitch of a thing to do sometimes.

Currently I’m working on a column (I’m sure I’ll post it here soon enough so I won’t spoil the surprise), but I’m having a heck of a time with it.

It’s a good topic– interesting, relevant, and I anticipated having a bit of fun with it. The only trouble I’m having is actually writing it.