Lois Greene Stone, writer and poet, has been syndicated worldwide. Poetry and personal essays have been included in hard & softcover book anthologies. Collections of her personal items/ photos/ memorabilia are in major museums including twelve different divisions of The Smithsonian. The Smithsonian selected her photo to represent all teens from a specific decade.
Patch of pumpkins seemed
too large as my son waddled
through orange spheres. His
sweater gathered flakes of fallen
leaves. Propped atop, with tiny
legs dangling, a print-photo was
snapped. Giggling, grandson
ran as if the area were a maze.
He wore the saved cardigan.
A ribbed autumn fruit held this
seated child while a digital picture
was processed. Great-grandson’s
tiny sneakers squished moist grass
as he patted pumpkins. Climbing,
one, he smiled. My smartphone
clicked, and I instantly
sent images to family.
“'tis nobler in the mind to suffer”
I was leery about teaching “King Lear”
wondering what my students
might understand about dynamics
of family life. Young faces found
dreams and fairy dust appealing but
“Midsummer Night’s Dream”
seemed silly as a Puck, to them,
is a hockey item. And Hero
definitely would be “Much Ado
About Nothing” since comedy
has four-letter words spouted by
jeans-clad entertainers. “Hamlet”
tragedy isn’t as terrible as a broken
cell-phone or wondering where is
a wi-fi hookup. 1603. Sounds like
a zip code with missing numbers.
“O, blood, blood, blood!”, “Othello”
more suited to students television
preferences. “To be or not to be”
teaching Shakespeare, “that is
published May 2016 The Lake