” Sitting on the rug in Janet’s room, and writing in my day book. I was writing a story about a Fish Show, but I couldn’t pronounce the “sh” sound, so when I asked her for help spelling certain words, she had no idea what I was talking about. I said, “a fish show, like a cat show or a dog show,” and she finally understood.” – Erica Peters

Karen (Lichtenbaum) Carr writing in a daybook, with Jenny Stein

“Has anyone mentioned doing poetry with Connie Saltonstall ?  She had to lobby hard to get a quarter time faculty salary.  She died of leukemia at age 38.   She was a major heir to the Saltonstall banking fortune of Boston and used it to found the current Saltonstall Foundation of artists residencies.   Who knew ?” – Bill Mutch

Chip McCord

“The one thing I didn’t learn there that was noticed in later schools was penmanship, and that was a pretty small price to pay.” – Anonymous

Greg Hartley poem

“My thoughts were probably translated here. Not sure all the words were in this seven year old’s vocabulary. ” – Greg Hartley

An introduction to a book of kids’ writing by Doug Dylla

“When I was about six, I asked someone to teach me to write in cursive, because my uncle sent me letters in cursive. They said because I was left-handed, I should ask a left-handed teacher. That was Ruth Wishik. I lay on the floor on my stomach, and she stood at the board and wrote words for me to copy out. So I learned.” – Karen Carr

Heather (once Ruth) Wishik
By Lori McChesney

“In 6th grade I taught a class in French, because I had just come back from a year in France and had learned to speak it.” – Karen Carr

Suzanne Deustua

Published by Karen Carr

Dr. Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

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