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Children's story: Helena Writes #45--Timmy Tooligan's Cow
Helena shares an original story about a boy who comes into his own through his relationship with a prize-winning but stubborn cow.
Memoir: Helena Writes #44--Part 2, On the departure from one's parents
In her 44th post, Helena Clare Pittman tells the second part of her March story of adolescent rebellion.
Memoir: Helena Writes #43--On the departure from one's parents
When I was fourteen and life had taken its hormonal turn, pushing me out of the childhood home that I thought was permanent, I bought a monkey...
Story: Helena Writes #42: On opening the images and memories we carry
[I began] opening the images I carried with me to find the experience, the meaning, the feeling, the story...As I wrote them, they became...the story of my first-generation American family...
Children's story: Helena Writes #41: On explaining the infinity of numbers through children’s stories
“Ticked Off!” captured my imagination. It felt like a title for a children’s book. I thought of a clock. Then the story opened to me...
Children's story: Helena Writes #40--On counting panes, counting stories, Counting Jennie
In her 40th post, Helena shares another original children’s story—a counting story—and creative process behind both writing and illustrating it.
Children's story: Helena Writes #39--On nursery rhymes as writing prompts
In her 39th post, Helena shares an original children’s story, and the writing exercise behind its inception.
Memoir: Helena Writes 38--On O'Keefe, and becoming angelic
I am still painting flowers in glasses. Different destinies. Different kinds of artists, people. Maybe stars. But it was a privilege to see, in a kind of secret act, that lovely little painting...
Helena Writes #37: On jumping genes and three oranges
Soft-edged and dreamy, on a deeper brown neutral ground, so that the beauty of orange, with its green tones and reds, its yellows and lavender grays, is revealed. The image captivated me...
Helena Writes #36: On first memories, and memoir writing as a puzzle
My older sister, Jolene, was the ringleader in our sister group. It was a group of only us two...We were an organism. Where did she stop and I begin? I can't find a fixed edge...
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