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Keep It Going!

There’s no doubt about it, from time to time it can be a real challenge to keep moving forward with this education project, but we keep seeing students make progress and that’s all we need to keep us doing everything we can to make it work. I’d like to draw your attention to a couple of developments.

First, Frank Wolfe continues to work on his passions of poetry, entertaining, comedy and art. His signature piece is “Love and Bagels”, which he has performed many times at Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville. Well, now he’s making this piece available in a YouTube video to share with everyone. Thanks to our friend Kevin Coxe, who shot several performances and put a lot of thought and work into the editing, here’s the video for you to enjoy:

Congratulations, Frank, on completing this project!

Second, Lisa Longo recently began attending our classes. We’re currently studying Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasion, and it seems to be having quite a positive affect on Lisa. You can read about it by following this link to her latest blog entry, How Rhetoric Rocked My World. It’s a real pleasure to have you in the classes, Lisa!

So it seems that the message is this: no matter how challenging things appear to be, just keep it going. There will always be things that will come along to make it all worth it!


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Another Take

How fun! The winner of the Sphere College Creative Writing Contest 2011, Jessica Perhaps Portia Epp, has made available her own version of her winning entry. You can find it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFOvp91P4cM. Enjoy!

For reference, the one we made is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=so7xUSTw6vg. IMHO, it’s interesting to compare the two versions.

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Creative Writing Contest!

Hi everybody! For your holiday R&R, and to raise funds for the Sphere College Project, we’ve decided to run a contest: the Sphere College Creative Writing Contest 2011. While visiting my old, dear friend Bill Vernon we made a video describing the contest and put it up on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URYAavLAdY4. Please check it out and consider submitting an entry. Also, take a moment to think of all your friends who have a good sense of humor and may like to submit an entry and let them know about the contest. Help us spread the word!

Here are the relevant details:

How to enter:
Age: no age limit. If you can write, go for it.
Topic: Write a humorous piece about a moral dilemma. You choose the dilemma and style of writing. As long as it is loosely related to a moral dilemma, it’s fine. We’re really looking for the funny here. Watch the video for Bill’s take on it. Keep in mind that it will have to be able to be read and posted on YouTube, so check their restrictions.
Fee: This is a fundraiser for the Sphere College Project, so we’re asking for at least $20 by check or money order to Sphere College. You know, it’s the old processing fee! Hey, send more if you like! It’s for a good cause! But it won’t increase your chances of winning, even if Bill claims in the video that it will.
Length: It must be able to be read in 3 minutes or less. Everybody’s got ADD, you know. Now, if you like, you can even make notes about the style you’d like it read in. We can’t really guarantee we can deliver, but hey, we’ll try.
Deadline: MUST be postmarked by January 10, 2011. Kind of arbitrary, kind of not. It’s my (Richard Liston) 50th birthday. w00t! But it’s coming up really soon, so get cracking on it!
Address: Send entries w/entry fee to Sphere College Creative Writing Contest, PO Box 1024, Phoenixville, PA 19460.

The winning entry will be selected by Sphere College students.
Winners will receive the following:

  • We will make a video of someone reading the winning entry and we’ll post it on YouTube on SUPERBOWL SUNDAY, Feb 6, 2011!
  • We’ll read it in an open mic at the Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville, PA, apparently the finest coffeehouse in the galaxy.
  • You’ll receive $10.

See, what did we tell you? Fame and fortune! Make sure you send us your contact info, by the way.

Oh, yeah: once you send the entry, we own it and can do anything we want with it and you can’t complain. But we won’t change any of the wording unless maybe it appears to be a typo or goof of some sort.

Have fun! Happy Holidays! Happy New Year!