The Genius of Youth

Posted: June 14, 2013


Did you know that Langston Hughes was only 18 when he wrote his famous poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”?  He had just graduated from high school. Here is a recording of him talking about where the poem came from and why he wrote it. He also reads it for us!

You are never too young to be a “real” writer. I am constantly amazed by what my students produce with sufficient time and attention given to their writing.

Langston Hughes, 1902-1967

Langston Hughes, 1902-1967

Lovely Summer

Posted: June 7, 2013


“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”



– Henry James


“Come with me,” Mom says. “To the library. Books and summertime go together.”

– Lisa Schroeder


“Green was the silence,
wet was the light,
the month of June trembled like a butterfly.”

– Pablo Neruda

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”

― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“There’s an air of love and of happiness / And this is the Fresh Prince’s new defintion of summer madness.”

– Fresh Prince, Summertime