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I’ve been using some type of wallet case since iPhone 3G, so I’ve tried just about everything out there. While Apple’s second-gen MagSafe Leather Wallet is the best solution for some, it’s not right for everyone.

Below, I’ve included a variety of high-quality iPhone wallets (almost all of which I’ve used) that offer everything from the ability to carry 6 cards + cash, to the slimmest experience possible, to my new favorite that includes its own stand, plus alternative ideas.

Best iPhone wallets

The MagSafe Leather Wallet for iPhone 12/13/14 is a really nice choice for an iPhone-integrated wallet.

If storing 3 (maybe 4) cards max and the fact that you have to remove it from your iPhone to access the cards aren’t an issue, the MagSafe Leather Wallet has some great features:

Premium build quality

Find My support (can view location, enable Lost Mode, or be notified if your wallet detaches from iPhone)

Flexibility to use with and without your iPhone

Works with and without a case

Multiple colors make it easy to create a unique/personalized combination

The MagSafe Leather Wallet for iPhone retails for $59 direct from Apple, at Amazon, and Best Buy.

If $60 is more than you want to spend, there are third-party look-alikes on Amazon between $10-$30.

Mujjo – Leather Magnetic Wallet

Mujjo makes fantastic Apple accessories and this year it launched a variation on Apple’s MagSafe Wallet. It comes with several enhancements like access without having to remove the wallet and a sharp design. One downside is you don’t get Find My support.

Easy access for up to three cards

Compatible with iPhone 12, 13, 14, and MagSafe-compatible cases

Vegetable-tanned full-grain Ecco leather

Lined with Japanese microfiber with a satin-like finish

Easy to attach, with silicone stripes for slip resistance

Hidden spring mechanism to secure cards

Access cards from the top, base, or back

Available in black, blue, and tan

Price: $44

Check out a closer look at this wallet in my full review.

Moft Flash MagSafe wallet

This has become my new favorite iPhone wallet. It’s got a sharp multi-functional design that features a handy stand plus a quick access open window. Like Mujjo, one downside is no Find My support compared to Apple’s wallet.

MagSafe connectivity

Made with soft vegan leather

Storage for 2-3 cards

Bi-fold/flip design with open window for quick display/tapping of cards

Adjustable stand angles, portrait or landscape use

Available in night black, hello yellow, oxford blue, windy blue

Price: $34.99

Here’s my full review of the Moft Flash for all the details.

jimmyCase – flexible iPhone wallet

I’ve reviewed and used jimmyCase for several years, and I think it’s one of the best all-around cases.

You get great drop protection, lots of beautiful options with the real-wood back, and the elastic card/cash holder is really versatile without being bulky.

Securely holds up to 6 cards + cash

36 options with different wood/elastic band patterns/colors

Great for those who change how many cards they carry regularly and those who use cash

Can still be a slim case depending on how much you carry

Handmade in California

Downside: need to remove the case to use MagSafe or wireless charging

jimmyCase has models for pretty much any iPhone from $50-70.

jimmyCase with two cards on left, with 6 cards plus cash on right

Smartish Wallet Slayer – simple and affordable

If you’re looking for a basic and effective wallet case without spending much, the Smartish Wallet Slayer for iPhone is a great option.

Hold up to 3 cards plus cash

Easy card access

Spring mechanism to keep your cards from falling out

Plastic build is light yet durable and protective

Downside: need to remove the case to use MagSafe or wireless charging

The Smartish Wallet Slayer is available for iPhone for around $20-25.

Twelve South SurfacePad – minimal iPhone wallet folio

If you prefer a folio-style iPhone wallet case without bulk, the SurfacePad is an awesome choice.

Attaches directly to the back of iPhone via strong adhesive (doesn’t leave marks or residue if/when you remove)

Slim design holds 2 cards

Doubles as a stand for your iPhone


Twelve South offers SurfacePad for all iPhone 12 and 13 models for $50 – currently on sale for $39.99. Stock is coming soon for the iPhone 14 lineup.

Smart wallets and other alternatives

If you’re looking for a standalone wallet, here are a few recommendations.

Ekster – Siri support & lots of storage

I first tried out Ekster three years ago and have been really impressed since then. The company uses premium leather and has innovative, super-functional designs that use a mechanism (with many models) to fan out all your cards.

Premium build

Can make any Ekster wallet smart with a Siri-enabled solar-powered tracking card

Or a Chipolo Card Spot

Super handy functionality

Variety of options depending on how many cards/cash you carry

Prices start from $29 and head north of $100 for the top-end wallets. Ekster is currently doing a 40% off holiday sale.

Moment – carry more

If you’re looking for something a little different than a traditional wallet, Moment has a neat Crossbody Wallet. These are great to carry more than just cards/cash without carrying a larger bag or purse.

Available in leather, canvas, and ripstop

Adjustable crossbody strap and comes with wrist rope too

Scratch-free microfiber pockets

Works with Pro Max iPhones/Plus iPhones

Pop in an AirTag or Chipolo tracker to make it a smart wallet

You can pick Moment’s Crossbody Wallet direct from the company, normally starting from $39-49, these are currently on sale.

Bellroy – traditional/modern wallets

Bellroy has built a reputation for making some of the best wallets on the market. The company features a wide variety of designs and styles with great functionality.

Lots of choices

Premium leather and build

RFID protection on many models

Traditional and modern options

Can add an Apple-supported tracking card to get the smart capability

Check out everything from traditional bi-folds to zip wallets and cardholders. Prices range from $55 to $100+.

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9To5Mac Holiday Gift Guide: Jeremy’s Top 10 Last

With Hanukkah over and Christmas only a week away, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve already completed most of your holiday shopping. But just in case you haven’t, I wanted to share a handful of last-minute gift picks that are great for Apple lovers, reasonably priced, and guaranteed to be in stock as of the time of posting.

These picks are all recent — 2024 releases — and hand-selected to be particularly worthwhile. Read on for the details…

1. Apple Watch. Thanks to new colors, new software, and lower prices, it’s no surprise that the Apple Watch has become one of the season’s most popular gifts. I still wear mine every day, and at today’s heavily discounted ($100 off) B&H pricing, with no tax outside NY State, any model you choose is a much better value. As a $249 gift for a wife or girlfriend, the 38mm Apple Watch Sport comes in gold, rose gold, silver, or gray aluminum, each with your preferred band color. The larger 42mm Sport model is better-suited to mens’ wrists, and sells for $299.

2. An Apple Watch Band. Getting the right band for your wrist takes the Apple Watch from “pretty good” to “must wear.” I was less than fully enthusiastic about the rubbery Sport Band that shipped with my Watch, but the moment I added Apple’s Milanese Band, I fell in love — it’s the best watch band I’ve ever owned, and should be for $150. JETech sells a virtually identical knock-off for under $30, and if you don’t mind slight imperfections in the links, consider it. Otherwise, look to this collection of top-rated alternatives, which cover many different styles.

3. Nomad Stand for Apple Watch. I reviewed this stand half a year ago and it’s still my top pick, the rare Apple Watch stand that looks and feels worth the $60 asking price. My guide to the best Apple Watch stands and docks has many other options, but if I had to choose just one, Nomad Stand would be it.

4. Spigen’s Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount System For iPhones. I’ve tried dashboard mounts, air vent clips, and all sorts of wacky things that stick out of cup holders and charging outlets. The best and easiest solution I’ve ever tested, hands-down, is Spigen’s $8 set, which bundles two metal plates with a circular, air vent-mounted magnet. You choose one metal plate to put into your iPhone case, then just touch your case to the magnet to mount your iPhone in the car. I use mine every time I get into the car, and love it.

5. Anker’s Ultra-Slim Extended Battery Case For iPhones. With last week’s release of the $99 iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case, Apple effectively conceded that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s can benefit from some assistance in the battery department. Save yourself nearly $60 and get Anker’s Ultra-Slim Extended Battery Case for iPhones, the top pick from our guide to the Best iPhone 6 Battery Cases, which offers superior power for only $40.

8. An iPad Stand-Case. A stand is the single most conspicuous feature every iPad is missing, and the best way to add one is to incorporate it into a case. The iPad Pro’s best option is Urban Armor Gear’s $80 Composite Case, still in stock in your choice of blue or red, while iPad Airs and iPad minis are best fit with ZeroChroma’s Folio-Slide (above), which goes for $35-$50 depending on the model.

9. A Backup or Video/Photo/Music Storage Drive For Your Mac. If you’re going to buy a hard drive for backups or storing important files, your best option is G-Technology’s G-Drive USB, the ultra-reliable, fast, and professional-class desktop drive I use and highly recommend. For on-the-road convenience in much smaller packages, Seagate’s ultra-thin Seven (shown above) can be had for under $100, and OWC’s tiny Envoy Pro SSDs start at $120.

10. Bluetooth Speakers or Headphones. Any Apple device — Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV or Apple Watch — sounds better when you pair it with either Bluetooth speakers or headphones. You can currently grab Apple’s first Bluetooth speaker, the just-released Beats Pill+, for a discounted price of under $185, or its regularly $380 Beats Studio Wireless headphones for only $250.

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Check out more of my reviews, How-To guides and editorials for 9to5Mac here! I’ve published a lot of different topics of interest to Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, and Apple Watch users, as well as a great holiday gift guide for iPhone users, a detailed holiday gift guide for Mac users, and a separate holiday gift guide for Apple photographers.

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Idb Holiday Gift Guide: Great Gifts For Iphone And Ipad Users

In this segment of our 2023 Holiday Gift Guide, you will find our favorite gift ideas for iPhone and iPad users.

Pelican Go G40 Waterproof Case

Buy for $40

Sony DualShock4 Wireless Controller

As part of this year’s big iPhone/iPad update, both devices were made compatible with Sony’s wireless PlayStation controller. This means you can now play those awesome games in the App Store—most of which are free or much cheaper than their console counterparts—with this top-of-the-line gamepad. The DualShock4 is a must-have accessory, even for casual gamers, and yes it works with Apple TV.

Buy for $47

Logitech Powered Wireless Charging Stand

In a crowded category like wireless charging stands, this one from Logitech stands out for a few reasons. It supports fast-charging on the iPhone (so 7.5W, instead of the usual 5W), it works in both portrait and standby mode, and it was designed to sit at the perfect 65-degree viewing angle. I keep one on my desk, so I can watch the latest episode of Apple’s The Servant while pretending to work.

Buy for $43

ZUGU CASE The Muse Case for iPad 

I don’t typically like recommending cases for gifts, but The Muse Case from Zugu just hits different. It’s protective enough that it can withstand drops of up to 5 feet, yet thin enough that it won’t make your iPad feel overly bulky. It also has a slot for your Apple Pencil stylus and an adjustable magnetic kickstand that has 8 viewing angles, and is strong enough to mount on your fridge.

Buy for $60

Logitech Crayon Digital Pencil for iPad

Buy for $50

Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand PRO

Tripods are essential for taking more creative shots with the iPhone like stop-motion, time-lapse, and Night mode on the newer iPhones. So why the GorillaPod from Joby? It’s portable enough to toss in a smaller bag or stick in your back pocket. It fits almost any smartphone model, with or without a case. And its bendable legs help mount your phone to a variety of places, to ensure you get that perfect shot.

Buy for $40

Tello Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera

Yes, drones are still very much a thing, and whether you’re shopping for a kid or an adult, the Tello from DJI is worth checking out. It’s small enough to launch out of the palm of your hand, it has an HD camera for taking photos and videos, and of course you can fly it using your iPhone. It’s also perfect for beginners thanks to its lower price tag, durable design, and technology like auto takeoff/landing and assisted hovering.

Buy for $100

Aukey Wireless Power Bank

I know, battery packs have essentially become a cliche for gift guides, but hear me out. This one from Aukey is state of the art: it uses USB-C, it has an ultra-slim design, and it supports tech like 18W PD and QC 3.0 output. But the real selling point of this battery pack is that it supports wireless charging. Yes, you can literally just set your iPhone on top of this charger, with no wires, and it’ll charge it. Game-changer.

Buy for $30

Play Impossible Gameball

The Play Impossible Gameball is an active game system that gets you moving, laughing and showing off your skills. When paired with your iPhone, iPad or Apple TV, the connected ball can be used in a variety of single and multiplayer games. For instance there’s Hot Taters, a modern take on hot potato, and Splash, a virtual water balloon toss game where you must try to catch the ball softly or it will “pop.”

Buy for $70

Mattel Games Pictionary

On a similar note, I also like Pictionary Air from Mattel Games. It features a light up stylus that connects to your iPhone, iPad or Apple TV, and what you draw in the air shows up on the display of your smart device. There’s a round timer, which can be adjusted up or down based on the age of the players, a Selfie mode for drawing without limits, and 112 double-sided clue cards.

Buy for $17 

Dearmob Iphone Manager: Transfer Photos From Iphone To Computer With High Flexibility

Introducing DearMob iPhone Manager

DearMob iPhone Manager (a Windows version is also available) is an iPhone content manager that offers many features for transferring iOS media files that Apple doesn’t provide, and it does so by completely bypassing iTunes. Plus, DearMob iPhone Manager is very fast: it can transcode and export/import up to a thousand 4K photos in under just two minutes.

For a limited time, you can get DearMob iPhone Manager for free.

DearMob iPhone Manager has an easy to use interface along with a handy media selector

Easy to use interface

A handy selector on the lefthand side makes it a cinch to quickly select the various iOS media types, such as Screenshots, Selfies, Live Photos, Panoramas, Bursts, Recently Deleted and so forth. Your custom albums are also listed there. It’s especially cool that you can choose whether to transfer an edited photo or its original counterpart (or both).

Yup, that’s another feature you won’t find in Apple’s approach.

Live Photos can be easily browser and transferred as-is or split into audio/video portions

And if you have certain iPhone photos which refuse to delete permanently which can sometime happen in iOS, DearMob iPhone Manager takes care of that, too! When exporting a Live Photo, you can split it if you’d like to keep both the video and the still photo segments (including the default photo and any specific frames you have selected as the key photo).

Grouping options help you browse your library and narrow down the list

No matter which media type is selected in the lefthand pane, you can use grouping options in the righthand section to narrow down the selection. The grouping options, available from a dropdown menu, allow you to select and transfer any photos taken on a specific day, month or year. This is a great time-saver if you’re looking to export specific photos to make backups of your memories. And if you’re feeling lucky, there’s even an option to make random selections.

HEIC → JPEG conversion

Apple with iOS 11 introduced a new space-saving High Efficiency Image File Format, or HEIF (the HEIC extension). Now, HEIF is the default shooting format on supported devices but we’re still living in the JPEG world so some incompatibilities inevitably arise unless you manually choose to shoot in JPEG.

With DearMob iPhone Manager’s extremely helpful HEIC → JPEG conversion feature, you’ll never worry about HEIC incompatibilities. You can choose to export your shot-with-iPhone images as JPEGs or in the format in which they were originally taken. Either way, the app converts them into the chosen format on the fly, keeping the originals intact.

Optimizing image transfers

If you tend to upload your HEIC images to social media using a computer rather than your iOS device (which auto-converts HEICs to JPEGs when using the Share feature), you’ll appreciate DearMob’s HEIC → JPEG conversion. The app also doubles as an HEIC viewer for Mac or Windows because it previews HEICs before transferring, saving you a lot of guessing.

The app lets you preview HEIC files and convert them to the ubiquitous JPEG format

And because DearMob iPhone Manager supports two-way media transfer, users can also optimize and transfer images and videos from their computer, like saved Facebook images and online videos, into the iOS-friendly file format suitable for their particular device. Again, this is especially noteworthy for the fact that iTunes does not support moving images quickly and efficiently both ways between an iOS device and a computer.

Keeping your meta data

Unlike many other iOS file managers, DearMob’s app keeps all the essential meta data when transferring your images, including the date, timestamp, camera make and model, location, shutter speed, ISO and so forth. This is important for making a full backup of your iPhone photos and still be able to see them on the world map in the Photos app.

Write down your encryption password to avoid forgetting it

Speaking of backups, DearMob iPhone Manager can optionally apply a military-grade encryption algorithm to encode the media on your hard drive, NAS and other external storage, which protects your memories and other sensitive media from the prying eyes.

Photos from apps

DearMob iPhone Manager goes beyond just the media stored in Apple’s Photos app.

Thanks to its other file-management features, DearMob iPhone Manager can help you manage and transfer photos stored in private folders of third-party apps rather than in the Photos app, like photos in WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram, VSCO, Snapseed and others apps. No, iOS doesn’t let you easily transfer images from sources different from the Photos app.

Auto-conversion options in DearMob iPhone Manager

Summing up, DearMob iPhone Manager is a missing link for anyone who needs an efficient way of transferring photos and videos from iOS devices to PCs with enough flexibility. With this app, curating your photos, as well as transferring and backing up your media is a breeze.

And as we mentioned earlier, DearMob iPhone Manager is also great at managing music, contacts, books, messages, apps and other data that live on your iOS devices.

How to get DearMob iPhone Manager for free

DearMob is currently holding a holiday sweepstakes that you don’t want to miss out.

Just leave your email at their website to enter for a chance to win a pack of Osmo’s Mobile 2 gimbal for iPhone ($129), a Lifeprint 2X3 Instant Print Camera for iPhone ($149.95) and Olloclips’s Lenses for iPhone (99.99-$109.99, varies depending on the device). Every participant will get a free family license for DearMob’s iPhone Manager worth $65.95 (no free upgrades).

Pricing and availability

DearMob iPhone Manager is free to download from the official website.

Several licenses are available: 1-year (currently $39.95, regularly $59.95), lifetime (currently $47.95, regularly $67.95) and family (currently $69.95, regularly $107.95).

Personal licenses give you access to the full feature set and free upgrades for twelve months. Lifetime licenses let you use the app and download updates for the rest of your life. A family license covers your use of iPhone Manager on up to three computers, plus DearMob also throws in their Video Converter app completely free of charge.

How To Use And Work With Trim Function?

Introduction to PL/SQL TRIM

PL/ SQL trim is the function provided in PL/ SQL Database Management System which helps to remove all the trailing or leading blank spaces or any other character if required. This function is mostly used to make sure that the data being stored in the column field is as much optimized as possible and does not contain any other blank spaces at starting or ending of the string being stored. However, this function can also be used in other scenarios where we have a requirement to remove the initial or ending occurrence of a particular character in the string. In this article, we will study the general syntax, usage, and implementation of PL/ SQL trim function along with the help of certain examples.

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Syntax and Working

The syntax of the PL/ SQL trim function is as shown below:

In the above syntax, the terms that are used and the working of trim function when they are specified or not specified is as explained below:

TRAILING – Whatever source string is supplied in the input, if we want to remove all the occurrences of the character to be removed parameter from the source string that occurs in the ending portion of the source string by specifying the keyword TRAILING after TRIM () function inside it as the first parameter. If the characters at the end match with the character to be trimmed then it is removed from the end of the source input string.

LEADING– Whatever source string is supplied in the input, if we want to remove all the occurrences of the character to be removed parameter from the source string that occur in the beginning portion of the source string by specifying the keyword LEADING after TRIM () function inside it as the first parameter. If the characters at the beginning match with the character to be trimmed then it is removed from the start of the source string.

BOTH – When we specify the keyword BOTH in the first parameter of the TRIM syntax then all the matching character occurrences that have equal value as that of the character to be trim parameter are removed from the beginning and the ending of the source string. By default, if we don’t specify any value in the first parameter then it is considered as BOTH.

Character to be trimmed – This character is considered for doing a match by oracle database to select which characters need to be removed. In case, if this parameter is not specified then the default value considered is blank space and the same value is considered as the character to be trimmed.


The string format is returned as the output of the input string. Whatever supplied string is processed for removal of the occurrences of the character to be trimmed is treated as the output.

Points to be considered:

In case if only one parameter is supplied in the trim () function then the DBMS removed all the trailing and leading occurrences of the blank spaces in the supplied parameter of the trim () function as this parameter is considered as the source string. If we try to specify either the source string ass null or the character to be trimmed as null the output of the trim function is null itself.

Support for Oracle/ PLSQL versions for TRIM() function:

The following versions of ORACLE support the usage of the TRIM() function:

Oracle 8i

Oracle 9i

Oracle 10g

Oracle 11g

Oracle 12c

Advantages of PL/SQL TRIM Examples of PL/SQL TRIM

Let us consider some examples which will help us to understand the implementation of the TRIM () function in PL/ SQL.

Example #1

Let us first consider an example that will help us to demonstrate how we can remove the LEADING occurrences of the particular character in the source string. Consider one string “33EDUCBA33” from which we want to remove the 3 characters from the beginning of the string. In such a case, we can make the use of following query program in PL/ SQL –

DECLARE sample input string(20) := '33EDUCBA33'; BEGIN dbms_output.put_line(TRIM(LEADING '3' FROM sampleInput)); END;

The output of the execution of the above program is as shown below:

Example #2

Now, let us consider the same input string and we will use the TRIALING parameter as the first parameter of the TRIM () function. This will lead to the removal of all the occurrences of the ending characters from the source string. The program for doing so in PL/ SQL will be as shown below:

DECLARE sampleInput string(20) := '33EDUCBA33'; BEGIN dbms_output.put_line(TRIM(TRAILING '3' FROM sampleInput)); END;

The output of the execution of the above program is as shown below:

Example #3

Let us consider an example where we will be using BOTH as the first parameter to the trim () function. In this case the program will become as shown:

DECLARE sampleInput string(20) := '33EDUCBA33'; BEGIN dbms_output.put_line(TRIM(BOTH '3' FROM sampleInput)); END;

The output of the execution of the above program is as shown below:

In the above program even if we don’t specify any parameter in first place like TRAILING, LEADING, or BOTH still the function will remove the beginning and ending occurrences of the character to be trimmed from the source string.


The trim () function is used in PL/ SQL to remove any of the occurrences of the particular character in either the beginning or the ending of the source string or even in both. This function is mostly used for efficient use of space in database while storing the strings which removes all the occurrences of blank spaces if present at the end of the string. Any character at end of the beginning can be removed when used properly.

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The Perfect Classroom Gift: A Gift Of Words

I belong to a book club, one that has continued since 1990. Think of all the books we have read together. And we’re serious about this, too. We’re not one of those clubs that gather together to eat and then never talk about the book. We talk about the book.

One month a year we read a play out loud — assign parts, read from beginning to end. We are not a group of actors and it’s a cold reading, but we enjoy it. Sometimes we read and then go to the play; sometimes we see the play first and then read. Both work.

Once a year, in December, we each buy a book of poetry, mark in some way a poem or two that we particularly like, wrap it attractively and bring it to book club. We have this crazy little ritual where we put all the books on the dining room table and then walk around the table. At some unknown signal that we all recognize we stop and take the package in front of us. And then we open our gifts, one at a time, and read the chosen poem out loud to the whole group. What a wonderful evening of words, a breathless barrage of ideas, images, stories. We enjoy meeting our old favorites, delight in exploring new poets. We go home fulfilled.

Twenty-five years equals 250 books read, 25 plays acted out, and 25 evenings of poetry.

In the Classroom

“How can I replicate this poetry experience in my classroom?” I wondered as I drove home that first December of the book club. “I can’t ask my students to spend 10 dollars or more but they have to experience what I just experienced.” And out of that came what I call “the gift of words.”

Okay, class, here’s what I want you to bring with you on the last day of school before winter break. I want you to find a poem, a saying, a paragraph you like — something that speaks to you because of its message, its beauty, its format. I want you to copy it onto a piece of paper, put it into a box, and wrap it. Be sure to include, before you wrap it, the name of the author and your name as the giver.

When the day came, students placed their packages on my desk. They varied from huge to tiny, from carefully wrapped to hurriedly tossed together. And yes, there were those who forgot, who scribbled “Just do it” on a piece of notebook paper, folded it like a paper football, and added it to the pile. I provided a few extra, just in case.

How to start. “Whose birthday is closest to Christmas? Okay, you’re first. Pick any present you want.” Suspense. What would she get? I was not disappointed. The contents varied — favorites from “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein to Bible verses, song lyrics, and short sayings like “Just do it.” The experiment was a success. Everyone in the class had a gift and I had the greatest gift of all.

With Adults

Since that December in 1990 the idea of a gift of words has spread out of the classroom — into professional development meetings, into family gatherings. When Center X at UCLA wanted to “celebrate” my pseudo-retirement, my first words were, “No gifts.” “How about a gift of words?” was their response.

And that is what I received: a basketful of little boxes, beautifully packaged, each holding a precious gift — words just for me. I savor each message. My favorite was by James Michener: “I love writing. I love the swirl and the swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.”

I have watched the words swirl and swing in my book club, in my classroom, in my writing groups. I could not ask for a better gift.

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