Care Package: 1. A parcel of food, money, or luxury items sent to a loved one who is away. 2. A digital gathering of cultural touchstones on ethandezotelle.com, put together to brighten your day a bit.
Thirteen years ago today, my editor and friend Pete Hartt passed away. I’ve written about him here on the blog before, and you can read that here. Today’s Daily Care Package is dedicated to him and the legacy of newspaper reporters, high school students, and people in general that he inspired with his wisdom, humor, and kindness.
I miss you all the time, my friend
POEM: Pete worked like hell to get me away from using the passive voice in my writing. After a few years his efforts paid off.
Passive Voice by Laura Da’
I use a trick to teach students
how to avoid passive voice.
Circle the verbs.
Imagine inserting “by zombies”
after each one.
ART: Norman Rockwell’s Journalism 101
QUOTE: “A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.” – Bob Proctor
SONG: One of Pete’s very favorite songs.
Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves
TRAVEL: Pete took me here one spring day, and while we talked, he gave me some much-needed encouragement.
Moss Glen Falls, Stowe, VT
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Pete loved his mom deeply, and he took care of her in her later years. As I face the needs of my own aging parents, Pete continues to be a role model for me.
Ann Josephine (Almquist) Hartt
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