“Language is what makes us human. It is a recourse against the meaningless noise and silence of nature and history.”

—Octavio Paz




Social Impact, testimony to reading and writing

  • Dyslexia
  • Learning disabilities
  • Outreach to kids
  • Literacy and EASL
  • Veterans
  • Quality Writing
  • Award-Winning Writers
  • Health and Writing
  • Seniors
  • Riff Causeway (e.g., Libraries Under Siege, Indie Bookstores vs. Amazon, etc.)
The Practice of Poetry

The Practice of Poetry

The first poem I ever wrote that was worth a damn -- and possibly the only one – grew out of the awfullest cliché most of us will encounter –...

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Riffing on Riff

Riffing on Riff

This post is Riff’s 50th.   We’ve only been around since late October of 2020, but already have posted some “Greatest Hits” with topics ranging from...

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Plate Tectonics

Plate Tectonics

“We can’t always ask our students to take off the armor at home, or even on their way to school, because their emotional and physical safety may...

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