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Posts by Carmen Dillon

Friendship: Taking the Risk

Carmen Dillon

Students and teachers aren’t supposed to be friends. I know because I was an education major. Every teaching methods class reiterated that teachers are not supposed to be “buddy-buddy” with students. Fortunately, Miss Sarah Eshleman had a degree in writing, not education. She may have heard that principle in faculty meetings, but being the generous…

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Performance: The Simplicity of Humility

Carmen Dillon

Pianists revel in complexity. At concerts, my family maneuvers to have the clearest view of the pianist’s fingers. We love watching the pianist roll his fingers through a run or pound the chords so rapidly that his hand is a blur of dramatic flair. The more complicated the attempt, the more entertainment and awe for…

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Poppy’s Secret to Experiencing Good Days

Last December, I had the grand experience of posing for a picture by my first car—a 2005 Honda Civic with faded silver paint and a long scratch on the driver’s side. Three weeks later, I experienced a car accident while on my way to teach my teen Sunday school class. Sitting in an emergency room,…

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