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A tender, instructive lesson in showing and telling for all us writers from Jill McCorkle, a former teacher and mentor. Beautiful.

From the Vortex: A Faculty Blog

by Jill McCorkle

When my son was eight, he went through a period of time where he was obsessed with death. He referred to it as “my fear” and often had trouble sleeping. My father had died just before Rob turned two and so his memories of that time would have been very limited. However, with the desire for my children to know who my father was, I talked about him often and told stories about their interactions with him. I told Rob how I couldn’t keep him away from the hospital bed in my parents’ bedroom. If there was a chair beside the bed, he managed to climb up on it and try to pull himself over the bar. Numerous times I caught him babbling away and patting my dad the way he might’ve the head of a dog and once I found him all the way in the…

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Ricco Villanueva Siasoco is a Manhattan-based writer and non-profit manager. More

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