Al Filreis

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snowy Sunday at Osage Avenue

Took a dawn walk this Sunday morning to see what the snow that fell all day yesterday—10 hours or so of flurries—would look like from behind the camera’s lens. Here are a few of the dawn shots. One is indoors, as you can see: our miraculous “Christmas” cactus, which came...

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ModPo—note of thanks

It’s that time of year. For counting blessings & discerning why we’re grateful. The ModPo team, based here at the Kelly Writers House, makes ModPo (ever expanding, ever further elaborating) available to you as truly a labor of love. Can you tell? We just love doing this, and reaching out...

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ModPo hosts five “SloPo” mini-courses

There are currently FIVE SloPo (or off-season) mini-courses organized and scheduled. Below is a list. The discussions will all, of course, taken place in the ModPo discussion forums. Look under the forum called “SloPo” and then look to the right at the list of subforums there. If you want to see what this...

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Thanksgiving ’17

My dad—Sam Filreis—passed away suddenly on Thanksgiving a year ago. In 2007 he and I went on a river cruise up the Rhone in southern France, and brought back 4 bottles of a perfect Beaujolais, purchased after spending a happy afternoon drinking with the proprietors of a backcountry vineyard. When...

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Terrence Des Pres testimony

Terrence Des Pres, of course, was not a survivor of the holocaust. Nonetheless, the Fortunoff Archive of Video Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University sought him out to record his testimony. Here it is: LINK TO VIDEO.

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Writing through Rae

This week in ModPo hundreds, and possibly thousands, of people are trying their hand at making poems by using our Mesostomatic. You take a poem or any text (e.g. a newspaper article) and “write through” it via the Mesostomatic by providing a spine word or phrase. Zlil used “DREAM” as...

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Gloucester & Rockport

A family wedding in Gloucester, Mass. — perfect early-November weather and lots of occasions for running along the seawalls. We also drove up to Rockport and hiked out to the quarry in Halibut State Park. Click on any photo for a larger view and a permanent URL.