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Six-Word Search: Endless Summer Sixes

Monday, June 24th, 2013

This past Friday, June 21, marked the first day of summer, when the sun reached its highest point in the sky. This day, also known as the solstice, derived the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), is the longest day of the year. Six-Word Memoirists responded about their plans for the endless day.

Six-Word Search: Graduation

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

For some graduates, leaving the familiar world of their high school or college and transitioning into what is often described as the “real world” is purely exciting, a simultaneous beginning and ending that offers a host of new opportunities, all built on the solid foundation from which they are graduating. For others, however, graduation can [...]

Six-Word Search: Dad

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

From the outpouring of memoirs on fathers and fatherhood, it’s clear: pops are important, their impact felt whether present, absent, or no longer with us. At their best, and occasionally, at their worst, fathers have helped shape your worlds. Many Sixers revere their Dads—some traditional, others, unconventional—and reflect on how each has influenced the other’s [...]

Six-Word Search: “Vacation”

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

With the arrival of summer, vacation begins for students. But for non-students, summer doesn’t always mean vacation. While students sleep in, and the boredom begins, working professionals yearn for a vacation, or at least a break from constant working and wakefulness. Whether we like it or not, some things take vacations even when we don’t: [...]

Searching for Sixes on June 6

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Today’s date is full of sixes. Not only is it the date 6/6, but the year is 2013 (2 + 1 + 3 = 6).
Six is a special number here at the Six-Word Memoir project. In numerology, the number 6 learns from others, cares for them, and teaches them. The number 6 builds communities by [...]

Six-Word Search: “Run”

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

A runner isn’t just an athlete in Nike shoes. Running away or running out of words are universal phenomenon. Hearts run brains, as much as other people often run our lives. Even sentences can stretch out by running-on. People run away from themselves, afraid to confront their fears. As fall begins, and the days of [...]

Six-Word Search: “Away”

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Summer is the time to get away: from work, school, or even ourselves. Yet even the summer eventually fades and passes. People we love move on and drift far away. Soon September is here, and we’re back to running away from responsibilities before everything we’ve gotten away with catches up to us. These SMITH [...]

Six-Word Search: Our Personal “Olympics”

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

With the Summer Olympic Trials upon us, no wonder Sixers can’t help but talk about their own special talents. Whether you’ll be polishing off a routine on the balance beam or polishing a nice pint glass to fill up as you sit back and watch the games, it’s okay to brag a little about [...]

Six-Word Search: “I put the __ in __.”

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

The SMITH community loves wordplay, and recently, we’ve noticed many of you Sixers getting creative in your memoirs with the “I put the __ in __” form. That’s why this week we’ve decided to put the rational in inspirational so to speak and dedicate an entire Six-Word Search to the phrase. Here are some of [...]

Six-Word Search: “Forgiveness”

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

“Already you’ve been forgiven, given permission.” Dean Young reassures us in his poem “Whale Watch.” With the little-known “Forgiveness Day” celebration coming up on June 24, we are asked not only to make amends for our own indiscretions, but to accept those who may have wronged us, even if they have not yet found the [...]

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