Shifting positions and perceptions in a weary world at a Walt Whitman Poetry Contest in Camden, New Jersey

Whitman’s grave resides across the street where the author was born — Our Lady of Lourdes. Photo by author.

“Camden was originally an accident, but I shall never be sorry I was left over in Camden. It has brought me blessed returns.”- Walt Whitman

As a teacher, I’m not used to being tested. And I’m definitely not familiar with failing. …


Freedoms often collide, creating accidental martyrs in modern American

Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, PA. Photo by Lanis Rossi, used with permission.

Readers please note: this fictional story includes a description of sexual assault.

The kids were returning to school when we heard the news. The Philadelphia Inquirer called him Socrates of Rittenhouse Square. For us, that front-page story has been our everyday story. …

The Appeal and the Tragedy of the South

The Sinking of The Sir Walter Scott represents a way of life that was based on medieval myths.

What makes the South so fond of its past?

To understand a Southerner’s fondness for monuments and say, the rebel flag, it is essential to understand its culture through its rich literary history. Leafing through such pages will not excuse racism or intolerance or xenophobia, but at least it may help us understand.

Every September in AP Language and…

Chapter 31 illustrates the upside-down world of morality in the Antebellum South and the center of Huck’s moral crossroads

“Thinking” from the original illustration from Chapter 31 by E.W. Kemble and John Harley. Photo by author.

Hello, everyone! Walter ‘Down with Bowne’ here writing about the pivotal moment in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. While it was published in the United States in 1885, the novel takes place before the American Civil War called the Antebellum.

The satirical masterpiece is a Bildungsroman — a…

It’s quite easy to compost your leaves and to leave your soil healthy without chemicals or pesticides

The author’s yard in Cherry Hill, New Jersey just prior to composting the oak leaves in early November. Photo by the author

Hey, everyone! It’s self-proclaimed Master Gardener Walter “The Worm Man” Bowne here to help you not only protect Mother Nature but also save you money on needless and costly bags of nitrogen-draining wood mulch and costly and harmful chemicals on your lawn and plants.

So much of my education comes…

The last one was the last thing the younger me would have expected

The author with his wife Mary Jane and flower daughters, Nancy (2), Madeline (5), and Father Tony in Mullica Hill, NJ after the wedding blessing. Photo by Nancy McCarthy Mark.

The first one — an epiphany — happened on Elk’s Peak in South Dakota where I found my own personal connection to the universe. The second, at Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey, I found my calling as a teacher and a writer. …

Walter Bowne

A long-haired, headband, mid-life crisis IPA hipster dude, writing, teaching, reading, joking, craft brewing & gardening. His work has appeared in over 40 pubs.

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