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Quadruplets born to 65-year-old woman to leave hospital soon

AP Top news - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 11:37pm
Quadruplets born to 65-year-old woman to leave hospital soon Associated Press - 18 August 2015 07:37-04:00 News Topics: General news People, Places and Companies: Germany Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Gay couples win, but still lose after Kentucky judge's order

AP US News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 11:31pm
Gay couples win, but still lose after Kentucky judge's order Associated Press - 18 August 2015 07:31-04:00 News Topics: General news, Gays and lesbians, Same sex marriage, National courts, United States Supreme Court decisions, State legislature, Religion, Marriage, State governments, Divorce and separations, Weddings, Government and politics, Supreme courts, Impeachments, Family issues, Social affairs, Gay rights, Human rights and civil liberties, Social issues, National governments, Courts, Judiciary, Legislature, Occasions, Lifestyle, Political issues People, Places and Companies: Steve Beshear, Kentucky, United States, Salisbury Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

A look at the latest developments in Europe's migrant crisis

AP Top news - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 11:30pm
A look at the latest developments in Europe's migrant crisis Associated Press - 18 August 2015 07:30-04:00 News Topics: General news, Humanitarian assistance, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Italy, Turkey, Europe, Greece, Middle East Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Spain: Jewish singer's concert axed over Palestinian issue

AP Entertainment News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 10:50pm
Spain: Jewish singer's concert axed over Palestinian issue Associated Press - 18 August 2015 06:50-04:00 News Topics: General news, Concerts, Celebrity, Fairs and festivals, Music, Entertainment, Arts and entertainment, Recreation and leisure, Lifestyle People, Places and Companies: Matisyahu, Spain, Palestinian territories, Middle East Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Police tell AP: Man in yellow shirt is Bangkok bomber

AP Top news - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 10:48pm
Police tell AP: Man in yellow shirt is Bangkok bomber Associated Press - 18 August 2015 06:48-04:00 News Topics: General news, Bombings, Accidents and disasters, Coups d'etat, Protests and demonstrations, War and unrest, Travel, National governments, Government and politics, Military and defense, Political and civil unrest, Lifestyle 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.

Home Depot 2Q results improve, helped by housing recovery

AP Business News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 10:43pm
Home Depot 2Q results improve, helped by housing recovery Associated Press - 18 August 2015 06:43-04:00 News Topics: Business, Home sales, Earnings estimates, Earnings surprises, Residential construction, Home improvement store operators, Earnings reports, Corporate stock, Retail industry, Economy, Real estate, Earnings, Financial performance, Corporate news, Building construction, Construction and engineering, Industrial products and services, Industries, Retail and wholesale, Consumer services, Consumer products and services People, Places and Companies: Craig Menear, Atlanta, United States Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Police say man with backpack is suspect in Bangkok blast

AP Top news - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 10:06pm
Police say man with backpack is suspect in Bangkok blast Associated Press - 18 August 2015 06:06-04:00 News Topics: General news, Bombings, Embassies, Accidents and disasters, Travel, Travel safety, Government and politics, Military and defense, International relations, Lifestyle People, Places and Companies: Prayuth Chan-ocha, Thailand, China, Bangkok, Hong Kong Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

5 migrants trying to reach Greece drown off Turkish coast

AP Top news - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 10:02pm
5 migrants trying to reach Greece drown off Turkish coast Associated Press - 18 August 2015 06:02-04:00 News Topics: General news People, Places and Companies: Turkey, Greece, Europe Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Greece eases some limits on money transfers

AP Top news - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 9:36pm
Greece eases some limits on money transfers Associated Press - 18 August 2015 05:36-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Alexis Tsipras, Greece Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Greece eases some limits on money transfers

AP Business News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 9:36pm
Greece eases some limits on money transfers Associated Press - 18 August 2015 05:36-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Alexis Tsipras, Greece Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

IS militants call on Muslims in Turkey to join fight

AP Top news - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 9:30pm
IS militants call on Muslims in Turkey to join fight Associated Press - 18 August 2015 05:30-04:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey, Middle East Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Thai PM: Video shows 'some suspects' in blast that killed 20

AP Top news - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 9:28pm
Thai PM: Video shows 'some suspects' in blast that killed 20 Associated Press - 18 August 2015 05:28-04:00 News Topics: General news, Bombings, Religious strife, Accidents and disasters, Coups d'etat, Travel, War and unrest, Protests and demonstrations, National governments, Government and politics, Military and defense, Lifestyle, Political and civil unrest 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.

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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