YourWords STL

Put a Pencil to His Temple

Feature Blog Post by Program Director, Anna Ojascastro Guzon
 
The classroom was smaller yesterday.  We have been tutoring the young men in the transitional housing of Marygrove Children’s Home, weekly, for almost nine months. Ages 17 to 21, from all parts of St. Louis City and County, our students

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Portraits of Artists

Feature Blog Post by Program Director, Anna Ojascastro Guzon
 
“Art Is Life and Life Is Art,” headlines the website bio of the 24-year-old, St. Louis artist, Davion Coleman. Working from his downtown loft as an independent graphic designer and illustrator, Mr. Coleman was generous enough to donate his time

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The Returned

Guest Blog Post by (Former) Tutor Coordinator, Jennifer Rengachary
 
I didn’t make it out to Marygrove to tutor at all last month – longstanding schedule conflicts for me the first two weeks, and then spring break for all of us the last two weeks. I knew that I’d have

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Who’s got some old Latin grammar textbooks?

Guest Blog Post by Executive Director, Steve Handoyo “Virtus, virtutis” I wasn’t sure what to expect when I walked into my first actual YourWords STL workshop, but it certainly did not include the generative, ablative, or dative cases of Latin. Walking into the end of a house meeting at the […]

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A North County Tale by Kate Heidorn

Guest Blog by Volunteer Tutor, Kate Heidorn
 
“Who’s ready to share?”
*the sound of click-clacking across keyboards*
“Time’s almost up. Can we get someone to share?”
“Can we have 5 more minutes? I’m almost done.”
“YES. Of course.”
Boy, was I nervous. A few weeks back I was given

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Thinking inside a better box

Guest Blog Post by (Former) Tutor Coodinator, Jennifer Rengachary
 
“I’m a weightlifter.” I arrived a little early to our first pilot session at our newest location, Lift for Life, so that I could chat with the kids and see their program in action. I’d visited the facility just once

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Forty-two

Guest Blog Post by (Former) Tutor Coordinator, Jennifer Rengachary
 
“All right,” said the computer, and settled into silence again. The two men fidgeted. The tension was unbearable.
“You’re really not going to like it,” observed Deep Thought.
“Tell us!”
“All right,” said Deep Thought. “The Answer to the Great

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“The Answer to the Great Question… Of Life, the Universe and Everything… Is… Forty-two,’ said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.”

Guest Blog Post by (Former) Tutor Coordinator, Jennifer Rengachary
 
Spoiler alert if you haven’t finished the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy: Deep Thought, a supercomputer created to calculate the answer to the Ultimate Question of life, the Universe, and everything, falls short of producing a meaningful response.
As

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Down to a Science

Feature Blog Post by Program Director, Anna Ojascastro Guzon

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library. “Diagram of Mount Polomar telescope.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections.
http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-938d-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
 
Goggles that allow one to see sound, affordable time machines, a spherical hologram projector, and a “conflict-resolution machine.” The

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A humbling extraordinary year

Guest Blog by Program Director, Steve Handoyo

Looking over a scene of mirth, creativity, and festivity, memories of a wondrous and humbling year spun a carousel in my mind.
A couple weeks ago, YourWords STL had our first official event, Wine and Words, at the delicious Robust Wine Bar. 

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