How I Spent my Summer Vacation

So now, after two-plus weeks "incommunicado" I return to Earth.

I've been working at the "Write on Sports" summer camp at Rhode Island's Bryant University. We use sports to help middle-school kids refine their abilities to organize and write non-fiction.

It's a blast, as I continue to be amazed by how bright the kids with whom we work actually are. They come from cities whose schools are routinely condemned, they live in tough neighborhoods, and many of their families hardly speak English. Yet they put together mature, reasoned pieces that reveal insight you wouldn't expect in middle-school kids.

And it's sports. That's okay, too.

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