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October 23, 2006
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Steve H. is something of a classic "Man in the Street." At fifty-one, he tells us, he's "been around the block a few times." With twenty-nine years in the metal trades (he's been a machinist, welder, and millwright locally), lately he's been studying for work in habitat restoration. English 101 was a degree requirement, and, as you will see, he earned himself an "A."
For years I've had an assignment in class meant to promote wise reflection on "The Art of Writing." You can read my take on it at Community College English in a short post I wrote called One Helpful Portfolio Cover. But what matters here is Steve's approach, which you have (slightly revised) by permission. It's happily entitled
Wonderful! Witty, wise, and wonderful! What a rare privilege to work with talented, motivated adults, Styles.
I read the "Witty, wise and wonderful" essay, and perhaps it was exactly as you said, but may I submit, for your consideration, that it was merely clever. The senior Senor who wrote it was never a welder, but a BS artist with rhyme, rhythm and rancor. However, he made a big mistake. He omitted "Los Dos Amigos."
Yours is a quite interesting view, though from my own perspective somewhat off. Steve H. did exchange a welding rod for a pen — happily exhibiting the rhythm, though none of the rhyme or rancor, you've ascribed to him.
As for his cleverness, well, yes, of course; he is a bright student.
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