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The Latest: Japanese man seriously injured in Bangkok blast

AP Top news - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 4:46pm
The Latest: Japanese man seriously injured in Bangkok blast Associated Press - 18 August 2015 00:46-04:00 News Topics: General news, Embassies, Bombings, Accidents and disasters, Travel, Travel safety, Military and defense, International relations, Government and politics, Lifestyle People, Places and Companies: Prayuth Chan-ocha, Thailand, China, Bangkok Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Thai PM vows to quickly find bombers in blast that killed 18

AP Top news - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 4:32pm
Thai PM vows to quickly find bombers in blast that killed 18 Associated Press - 18 August 2015 00:32-04:00 News Topics: General news, Bombings, Accidents and disasters, Coups d'etat, Travel, War and unrest, Protests and demonstrations, Government and politics, National governments, Military and defense, Army, Lifestyle, Political and civil unrest, Armed forces People, Places and Companies: Prayuth Chan-ocha, Yingluck Shinawatra, John Kirby, Thailand, Bangkok Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

UN: Some sexual abuse charges against peacekeepers ignored

AP Top news - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 4:21pm
UN: Some sexual abuse charges against peacekeepers ignored Associated Press - 18 August 2015 00:21-04:00 News Topics: General news, Child abuse, Sexual assault, Peacekeeping forces, Abuse and neglect of children, Crime, Sexual abuse, Crimes against children, Violent crime, Armed forces, Military and defense, Government and politics, Child welfare, Human welfare, Social issues, Social affairs People, Places and Companies: Ban Ki-Moon, Samantha Power, Cameroon, Central African Republic, West Africa, Central Africa Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

GOP hopeful Scott Walker offers health plan with tax credits

AP Politics - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 4:20pm
GOP hopeful Scott Walker offers health plan with tax credits Associated Press - 18 August 2015 00:20-04:00 News Topics: Business, Government and politics, United States Presidential Election, Events, Presidential elections, 2016 United States Presidential Election, Insurance industry regulation, Laws, Campaign laws, Tax refunds, State governments, Legislature, Campaigns, Medicaid, Government-funded health insurance, Political parties, Political organizations, National elections, Elections, Financial industry regulation, Industry regulation, Government business and finance, Government regulations, Legislation, Government taxation and revenue, Government finance, Government programs People, Places and Companies: Scott Walker, Barack Obama, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, Chris Christie, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Wisconsin, United States Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Bon Jovi weekend concert in Vancouver canceled

AP Entertainment News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 4:18pm
Bon Jovi weekend concert in Vancouver canceled Associated Press - 18 August 2015 00:18-04:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Music, Entertainment, Rock music, Concerts People, Places and Companies: Richie Sambora, British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

From the Archives: Deb Vanasse on Voice Matters

49 Writers - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 5:08am

“Typically, when your mother starts to dislike your writing, that’s when you’ve really found your voice.”

~Abraham Verghese
   Voice matters. A lot. “Voice is the number one thing that separates the published from the unpublished and, after that, the good books from the mediocre ones,” says Mary Kole of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

Agent Donald Maass, author of The Fire in Fictionelaborates: “By voice, I think they [agents] mean not only a unique way of putting words together, but a unique sensibility, a distinctive way of looking at the world, an outlook that enriches an author’s oeuvre.  They want to read an author that is like no other.  An original.  A standout.  … To set your voice free, set your words free.  Set your characters free.  Most important, set your heart free…Your voice is your self in the story.”
It sounds easy enough: be yourself. But Maass admits that voice is a notoriously fuzzy concept, one that embraces everything from style to sensibility to purpose. 
The terms voice and style may have once been almost synonymous, but in modern usage they’re more distinct. Style feels deliberate, something to be honed and shaped. We speak of it analytically, mostly from a reader’s perspective. Voice, on the other hand, feels organic. As readers, we’re more likely to appreciate than to analyze it. As writers, we discover it, unlock it, free it.
When it comes to voice, there’s plenty to unlearn from years of trying to sound like the teacher or sound like the book. Even after we’ve committed ourselves to the creative process, we fall into the academic habit of connecting dots for the reader, a sure voice-killer if ever there was one.
“My beginning students never write better than when responding to an in-class assignment so challenging that it leaves no room for stylistic self-consciousness,” says Adam Sexton, author of The Master Class in Fiction Writing. “So try to be yourself when you write. Focus on the story you want to tell, and tell that story as quickly and naturally as possible. Then go back and analyze, evaluate, improve.” 
Grace Paley discovered her stylistic self-consciousness when a high school teacher questioned her stilted use of words like trousers and subaltern in her poems. Paley admits it was only when she began writing short stories that she was able to let go of such language. “When I was able to get into somebody else’s voice, when I was able to speak in other’s people’s voice, I found my own,” she says.
Author Jayne Anne Phillips, professor of English, Rutgers-Newark MFA program, echoes the importance of voice in the narrative form. “I don’t work with ideas, which for me would limit the material,” she says. “Voice itself has no limitations.  I work by ear, in a sense, in that I hear the voice, follow the voice into the narrative…For me, voice establishes the world of the novel and begins to hint at a kind of chimera of meaning.”
Voice is easy to recognize. Watch for it as you read. Compelling voice sounds more natural than artificial. In your own work, play with voice on the page. Switch it up, depending on your audience and your purpose. Trying out other voices is paradoxically one of the best ways to develop your own. Experiment with point of view, narrative distance, and narrative intelligence, all of which affect voice. Keep in mind that voice develops both consciously and subconsciously. Be patient. Voice matures over time.  

Attend to voice when you revise. Boot out jargon, clichés, and weak words. Reject parts that sound unnatural, language that seem to be trying too hard. Find where the piece first takes off, gets its legs, finds its rhythm. Could you start there? Can you rewrite other sections to match the strongest passages?
Try This Out: Imitation isn’t just the sincerest form of flattery. It’s also one of the best ways to develop an awareness of voice. Rewrite a page from your work in progress in conscious imitation of the voice of an author you admire. 


Check This Out: Ben Yagoda’s The Sound on the Page explores the concepts of style and voice in writing. He divides his approach between theory and practice, with interludes that include quotes from authors and marked-up excerpts that show revision for style and voice.
Categories: Arts & Culture

At Least One Kidney

What Turtle Blood Tastes Like - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 5:46pm

a token
or two
scavenged from
the wild

gone feral
friday
night

two hours
pacing dark
tide creeping
beach bisected
by creeks
ribbons of
black ice

come
morning
a whole
frozen liver
at least one
kidney
on the
rug

saturday
sickday
deer fur
hide
signs
of what’s
to come

monday
i know
a leash could
prevent this
the hours
wondering
what will
be brought back
if he will
even come
back

lunacy
the wild one
nearly feral
for so long

he always
comes back
this time
with a four
point buck

its head
at least
frozen tongue
sticking out
of ice clenched jaw

the dog
i share the bed
with sometimes
gnawing
spinal column
pearls
ribbons
of nerve
and thawed
flesh

i put
the dog
inside
take up
the heavy
coal shovel
and with the
toe of my
boot, rock
the death
head into
the shovel’s flat blade
go to the garage
and dump
it in the bottom
of the trash
can


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Superintendent speaks out about student privacy rights

Juneau School District Announcements - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:40pm

Supe's On  - Welcome to the Superintendent's Blog

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School District Report on Investigation into Hazing

Juneau School District Announcements - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 4:35pm

The Juneau School District has concluded our investigation into allegations that on or about May 30-31 of this year a group of incoming senior boys hazed/initiated a group of incoming freshmen boys by paddling them multiple times.

These events were first brought to our attention in early June. At that time the district began an initial investigation, which, due to an active police investigation and summer vacation, was put on hold. When we were informed that the police had concluded their investigation we resumed our efforts.

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