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Left Hook, Write Cross

Phillip Giarraffa, Counselor, the Percy E. Sutton SEEK Program at Queens College


I originally wrote parts of this reflection last November to share with my students. It served to explain how writing was inexplicably dormant in my life for many years and how the death of a boxing legend caused me to remember how this wasn’t always so. My expectation for sharing it here …well maybe it is to wake you up too! When boxing great Joe Frazier died, a part of me awoke! It has been over a year since Smokin’ Joe’s death but the news still hits me like one of his left hooks. At the time what hurt most, at least for me, was how little notoriety the Philadelphia fighter’s death received on our local news channels. I felt that one of boxing’s all time greats deserved more than the 60 seconds allotted but in coming to know more about ...

Thank-you Notes

Cheryl Branche, Graduate Student, School of Library and Information Studies


Dear Auntie Cheryl, Thank you for the hand-knit jumbo Christmas stockings you sent to us for our Christmas gifts. They are lovely. We are looking forward to propping them on the floor and letting Santa fill them with toys and fruit. They will be so heavy that they cannot be hung by a nail over the fireplace! We just love them. Thank you very much. We look forward to seeing you soon. Love, Charles, III and Michael. This is the letter that I would have loved to receive from my nephews who were 12 and 11 years old, respectively. Instead, I received no phone call and no thank-you note. When I asked their father what happened, he replied that you don’t give a gift to expect a thank-you note. I was shocked, hurt, and angry. I could not believe that we had been ...

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