Finding something to write about, I tell my students, is a matter of keeping alert for those resonant nuggets that set yr mind wondering and yr imagination wandering. Case in point: A student description of a gentleman she'd met as "hott" set me to thinking about spelling issues, in a train of associations that seemed like the kernel of a meditative essay. (I don't quite understand how this came to beperhaps I first read it at a particularly formative time in my education but my structural model for the meditative essay is Wallace Stevens's Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.) After subjecting my initial notes to some judicious (she says confidently) regrouping and reordering, I have sifted out these topics/questions: spelling education, its difficulty in English, its (maybe?) dubious importance, deliberate misspellers, the relation of modern technology, the simplified spelling movement.