I have many memories of Judith Crist's edits on my work in her class, some of them fond. She once tore into one of my columns as being well-written but poorly reasoned. "Your words are more powerful than your ideas." She had high, high standards and was not a fan of people who called themselves writers but were unwilling to do the hard work necessary to be published. "You can't be a writer if you're not read." Her words sometimes stung because they were usually true. She once said she was glad she had a child because children connect you to the next generation; so does teaching. I was glad to see she stayed connected until the end.