1996 seems like a long time ago

This weekend I had lunch with my mentor, great friend and former high school English teacher, Bill Jenkins.

I brought along a recently found copy of my notebook from Intermediate Composition (circa 1996). It was fascinating to read through it. I noticed:

  • I had (and still have) crappy handwriting
  • My grades weren’t anything spectacular (lots of 78’s)
  • My writing style wasn’t terribly different than it is now (lots of parentheses)

    We searched through the pages and found some interesting quotations. The first comes from Bill Jenkins himself:

    “Good writing is like walking across a stage naked.”

    Another comes from Leo Tolstoy:

    “Write only with your pen dipped in your own blood.”

    The last one is one of my all time favorites. It’s another Bill Jenkins original:

    “We learn not from our experiences but from intelligent reflection upon those experiences.”

    Wow. Maybe I did learn something in high school.


    What did you learn in high school that’s still applicable to your life today?

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    Scott Ginsberg
    Author/Speaker/That guy with the nametag

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