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“Always Dream in Sand, Surf, Sun.” Six Words at the Jersey Shore

Monday, August 20th, 2012

“Saturday to Saturday makes the summer.” - Mike Zinn
“Mini-golf is the best game ever.” - Danny Zinn (Mike’s son)

Six words have taken me as far as the Cayman Islands to lead a corporate workshop and as close as down the street to do a storytelling workshop with kids at an after-school program in Brooklyn. And [...]

“He proposed on the Scrabble board.” The Best Six-Word-Memoirs of the Week

Friday, August 10th, 2012

This week’s Six-Word Memoirs are full of heart. Some of these writers found love in favorite cities or bands, while others faced new heights and challenges in their relationships.
Most Bittersweet: “My wedding gown lacked a parachute.” - oopsalittle
Best Footwork: “I’m a waltz with flamenco dreams.” - BanjoDan (profile image above)
Best Wordplay: “He proposed on [...]

Classroom of the Week: Open Window School in Bellevue, WA

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

My pencil is a magic wand.
I read, thus I can fly.
Sorry Mom, I have gone wild.
With unrelenting heat waves and the familiar melodies of ice cream trucks now upon us, there’s no question that summer is officially here. Schools across the country recessed for summer vacation just last month, and SMITH Magazine was once again [...]

“Begged, Auditioned, Waited, Worried …. I’m here!” Six Words & The Tony Awards

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

One of the most wonderful things about the Six-Word Memoir project is how it can be used to encapsulate a feeling that’s often hard to express. For the last three years at a fancy lunch to honor the Tony Award nominees, some of the world’s most famous folks in the theater world have been doing [...]

Classroom of the Week: Fieldston Middle School’s Six-Words on Silence

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Eighth grade team leader at Ethical Culture Fieldston Middle School in Bronx, NY, Erik Hanson, recently struck up a poignant, six-word dialogue about silence and the all too common act of bullying.
Hanson heard Michele Norris talking on NPR about a project she developed to foster candid conversations about the touchy subject of racism in [...]

Classroom of the Week: Ridgeview High School

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

This week’s student Six-Word savants attend Ridgeview High School in Orange Park, FL. English/Language Arts teacher Susan Mullen begins her lesson plan by trying to convey the power and art that can be encompassed in something as small as a single sentence. “I’ve been using lessons and activities from a wonderful book by Stanley Fish, [...]

Six-Word Search: Spring

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

According to a generous sampling of Six-Word Memoirs, while we have mixed feelings about winter, summer and fall, spring seems to be a unanimous crowd-pleaser.
With Easter and Passover behind us, and lighter, longer days fighting to shake off the chill of winter, spring is most definitely in the air. With every day that passes, [...]

Six-Word Search: “Clumsy”

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Life moves fast, most things are breakable and we are always making a mess. Whether you take the following Six-Word Memoirs as permission to slip and slide your way through life, or opt to leave your Tide To Go stick at home, these sixes could be the last thing you read before spilling your coffee, [...]

Six-Word Search: “Dream”

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Daydreams, nightmares, dreams of a better future… Although there are many different categories, we all have dreams. Whether we like it or not, our subconscious is constantly contemplating new possibilities and reimagining reality. Despite how elusive dreams may seem, they’re usually worth chasing. As the cold icily cracks down, winter sometimes feels nightmarish and dark. [...]

Six-Word Search: “Awkward”

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Whatever happened to awkwardness being a prepubescent phenomenon we were supposed to “grow out of”? Whether 12, 22 or 52, awkwardness still seems to cling to us like a separation anxious child. Consider this a shout out to the anti-suave, the accident prone, the gangly, gawky and socially stunted for making life a humorously colorful [...]

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