It's a dark night. Dark like my soul. In the shadows of the Ivy-strewn monuments to knowledge, I hold up a darkened light pole, sucking on my cigar, regretting my last affair. The moon is out and it's giving my a migraine. All of a sudden, a shot rings out in the alley. I hear a scream and the hurry of foot falls. I rush to see the trouble, but it's too late.
Acrid gun smoke hangs in the air, but there's no blood on the ground. I examine the pavement and find scattered pearls from a necklace. And what's this? Scuff marks, as if from a shoe's heel. Someone was dragged from here. I venture on and find a cache. It contains a clue, left by the victim. But it's rather cryptic.
All in all, my investigation across the campus reveals three caches with three clues. What can it all mean? Will I ever find the damsel in distress?
October 20, 2009
National Day on Writing:
In light of the significance of writing in our national life, to draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing we engage in, and to help writers from all walks of life recognize how important writing is to their lives, October 20, 2009, will be celebrated as The National Day on Writing. The National Day on Writing will:
* celebrate the foundational place of writing in Americans' personal, professional, and civic lives.
* point to the importance of writing instruction and practice at every grade level, for every student and in every subject area from preschool through university.
* emphasize the lifelong process of learning to write and composing for different audiences, purposes, and occasions.
* recognize the scope and range of writing done by the American people and others.
* honor the use of the full range of media for composing.
* encourage Americans to write and enjoy and learn from the writing of others.
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