Author Archives: claireihle

On character ownership…

Recently, the question of who “owns” the characters in a book entered my head.  Initially, of course, the answer is the author.  He or she has created these characters, knows them (and their narrative world) the best, and probably has more to say about them than what is included in the text.  However, the funny […]

A trip to Lake Tahoe

“You got to do, what you got to do” my friend said, smiling at me as she jumped in.  I, however, stood at the edge, smiling back (nervously), thinking “this is my least favorite part.”  I wavered, at least for 3 solid minutes, before joining her in the ice cold water to swim back to […]

Seven strangers, Picked to live in a house…

It has been established, at least amongst those that know me,  that I watched an excessive amount of T.V. growing up.   I also had a questionable diet, scrounging for quarters in order to support my medium-pizza-a-day-for-myself lunch time habit (the pizza delivery guy and I were on a first name basis).   I grew out of […]

Stealing pets, and other Monday night activities

Last night, I almost stole somebody’s pet cat.  I guess it was actually more of a kitten, or a teenage cat, and it’s not completely my fault (ok, it’s totally my fault). It was dark, and I was out walking to get our mail.  After collecting my mix of magazines, ads, and two letters addressed […]

Small rock slides

I came home one day to fifty goats on the hill behind my house.  It was an exciting day. Let me back up. Last year, in the name of fire safety, we received an email about the possibility of goats being hired to clean up the brush on the hillside behind our condo.  Having experienced […]

Parental Advice

I was in third grade, and for some reason my mom was out of town (visiting a relative maybe? I don’t recall), and my dad was tasked with taking care of my sister and I in her absence.  I imagine it must have been a tough few days, seeing how my mom stayed home with […]

The 90s (and late 80s)

Normally, I teach class in Spanish.  That might be a strange declarative statement, but it does make sense, considering I am usually teaching Spanish grammar or literature courses.  However, this year, in addition to my normal Spanish courses, I’m teaching a literature course in English.  I am a native English speaker, so one would surmise […]