Virginia Hinchey's Blog – January 2010 Archive (6)

Show and Tell

I love Show and Tell. I feel there is an inherent need to shyly bring forth some prized object, thought or feeling and present it to a group to be share and admired, maybe even applauded. Without it one begins to shrivel and diminish. I had occasion, as part of a community service requirement, to spend the day with a group of kindergartners and first-graders. I was there for Show and Tell held in the traditional circle format. Two children shared that day. One was a boy who presented his… Continue

Added by Virginia Hinchey on January 30, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

Back to School

"Now as I was young and easy under the apple boughs", (Dylan Thomas), I did not pursue higher education. Instead, I "tuned in, turned on and dropped out", (Timothy Leary). From Dylan to Timothy.I was once enrolled at the University of Illinois Circle Campus in Chicago. Never went to a class, not one. I think I was genuinely terrified by the prospect of self-incentive and self-discipline. I was also enamored of my new right not do what I was told. For years I could not visit a college campus… Continue

Added by Virginia Hinchey on January 26, 2010 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

Snow Days

Snow Days

I have had much occasion to observe the singular effect of the snow day on student populations (and others) which leads me to believe the previously unsung snow day should be elevated to official standing among the major holidays of the winter season.

The persuasion came to me early one blizzardy morning when my usually unimpressed teenage daughter, having just confirmed an expected school cancellation, let out a whoop of unmitigated joy, loud enough to wake the dead,… Continue

Added by Virginia Hinchey on January 14, 2010 at 9:37am — No Comments


Actually, there were two kinds of townies. There were the real townies which just happened to live, maybe actually have been born in Berkeley, maybe several generations worth of authentic settlers. I suspect a good number of real townies were UCB professors and their families just like in college towns everywhere. Their kids went to public schools somewhere in town ( though I haven't clue where those schools might have been). I doubt these families shopped regularly on Telegraph Avenue and must… Continue

Added by Virginia Hinchey on January 6, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Migration

In the late 60’s, early 70’s of the 20th century, Berkeley, California was point of destination for the last east - west migration in America. It was not a migration stirred by real estate but by the promise of spiritual epiphanies tucked into a puff of smoke and a lick of Lysergic Acid. While San Francisco absorbed the urban, Berkeley took in the wandering suburbanite and rural folk.

The migration took place against the backdrop of social upheaval. It was if history had become… Continue

Added by Virginia Hinchey on January 5, 2010 at 9:25am — No Comments

Best beginnings

I am always in awe of a great first sentence. Dickens had the knack for this, " It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." But even better in my opinion and appropriately seasonal is his Christmas Carol opener, "Old Marley was as dead as a doornail. This must be distinctly understood or nothing wonderful can come of this story I am going to relate." I am so impressed. And "the night was . . . .. and the night was . . .. and the night was sultry." (Throw Momma from the Train). Often a… Continue

Added by Virginia Hinchey on January 3, 2010 at 7:45am — No Comments


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