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The Writing Teacher in Summer

This was supposed to be a fairly relaxed summer for me—probably a couple of road trips, an art museum or two—that sort of thing.

Life has a way of intervening. Like you, I've been pretty much confined to quarters since mid-March because of Covid-19. Fortunately, I've got a lot of work to do (thus preserving my sanity). The college has asked me to develop a couple of English courses for CCP students (that stands for College Credit Plus, a program which allows high school students to take college courses for dual credit). As I write this, I'm about a week away from finishing the 101 CCP, and the 102 is next on the list. These were always going to be Distance Education courses anyhow, so the coronavirus doesn't change anything.

When I don't have an on-campus day, I like to spend the quiet morning writing, so that's what I'm doing now.

This quarantine life has really changed the way I eat. For a long time, I had the bad habit of alternating between frozen microwaveable stuff and Panera. Of course, that doesn't work too well any more, so I am relearning cookery—chili, red beans and rice, baked chicken—it's been a good change.

I'm fortunate that one of my great pleasures, bicycling, is not just permitted, but encouraged by the governor during this situation. I love the bike trails of the Rails to Trails Conservancy, especially when the temperature is above 60°, and if I choose my rides carefully, I don't need to get closer than half a mile to other people. The picture, by the way, is from one of my favorite trails, the Kokosing Gap, which runs from Mount Vernon to Danville.
—Curt Allen


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