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Guest Opinion: The nettlesome path to helping our teens

by Marc Vincenti

At the opening of a bracing but humane short story by Anton Chekhov — a story I love, set in the boondocks of tsarist Russia, titled "Ward 6" — the author depicts a rundown outbuilding at a rural hospital, points out the overgrown path that leads to its door, and invites us to come with him "unless you are afraid of the nettle stings."

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Marc Vincenti taught English at Gunn from 1995 to 2010.

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