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A Great Teacher and Feminist Woman Inspire Us

Frank Thoms

By Carole Schor

As Albert Einstein said, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Frank Thoms, author of Teaching That Matters – Engaging Minds, Improving Schools, was an exceptional teacher and continues to inspire teachers and students through his books. “Teaching needs to be effective and engaging so that the kids want to learn,” he says. In all his books, Thoms offers techniques and perspectives that move beyond the tired model of standing in front of the classroom and talking, and then giving tests. He urges teachers to probe kids so that they can think beyond their experiences and develop the desire to learn. With the help of San Miguel Writers’ Conference literary agents Jeff Klein and April Eberhardt, and San Miguel writing teachers Gerard Helferich and Chet Kozlowski, Frank has published two books. Richard Blanco, one of his mentors told him, “We have only the five senses to draw upon. Your job as a writer is to invoke these senses in the reader and to guide the reader to understand and discover what you as a writer are discovering.”

San Miguel Literary Sala Presents:
Frank Thoms’ Teaching That Matters – Engaging Minds, Improving Schools
Patricia Hirschl’s
Winter Bloom: A Heart Warms in San Miguel
Thu, Dec 10, 5-7pm
Hotel Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15
100 pesos (50 pesos for Literary Sala members)
Complimentary wine reception

Patricia Browne Hirschl, author of Winter Bloom: A Heart Warms in San Miguel, like many other women, began to question her life as she approached her mid-50s; to question her role as a mother and a wife, and to ask herself, “Is this all there is?” This simple question became the anthem for millions of housewives leading lives that appeared to be happy and fulfilled, living the American dream in suburbia, while silently struggling. This silent struggle became the focus of the landmark book, The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan, and heralded the start of the modern feminist movement. According to Hirschl, “I feel there are many more women like me who don’t realize they are trapped. As I did, they feel they have to limit themselves to being a mother and a wife, and it’s all in their heads.” When faced with her father’s death and her own mortality, Hirschl looked at her own life and saw that the happy trappings of family and house and husband were all lies and deceptions. Her writing became an attempt to expose these lies to the world, and through her writing, she has found peace and purpose.

Join us to discover the lives and writings of these two interesting and very different writers on Thursday, December 10, at 5pm at the Hotel Aldea. Admission is 100 pesos, Literary Sala members 50 pesos, and includes a wine reception.


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