Archive | June, 2016

Night 7

30 Jun

supererogatory:  going beyond the requirements of duty.

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” -Confucius


1 – Readings/Typed Reactions

-group, then revisit

2 – Paper 1

-pieces you can use

3 – Who relates to what?  Why?

4 – Why is important for us to relate?

5 – Why should we care?

6 – How will this piece affect the reader?


Plath poems…

What do you see in her work?

YouTube clip…

Journal checks, tomorrow…

-What I’m looking for:  consistency in note-taking, brainstorming, notes from readings, creative work

Night 5

28 Jun

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” -Jonathan Swift

-What does that mean to you?

remontant: blooming more than once in a season.

Get into groups, formulate a statement about one or more of the pieces.. support that statement with three quotes.  So, if you want to talk about three pieces, you can only use three quotes.  IF you select one piece, then your three quotes must be from that piece.

Revisit and present…

Short reactions:  Name, Date, Class (no need for my name, but if you need to, it’s “Mike Madigan”…)  Balance of paragraphs, quotes, strong language, no summary…

Dickinson poem, analyze…

Creative Writing, poetry…

And about poetry…  WHAT ABOUT IT?

add’l questions –

What is happiness to you?  How do you get it/plan on getting it?

How do you deal with stress?


23 Jun

did your day start?

3 details…

3 images…

3 characters….

Night 2

22 Jun

Tonight’s class:

“I will not take ‘but’ for an answer.” -Langston Hughes

1 – Reading:  Identity

2 – Writing:  Identity

3 – College:  Identity

4 – Freewrites

5 – Reading from Short Prose Reader

6 – Argument vs. Story, can you have both?

7 – Technology, balance (‘I Think, Therefore IM’)

8 – Short Reaction Approaches… quotes, explanation, thoughts, personal experience…..

Go for a walk… I did.

21 Jun

a note…..

21 Jun

Don’t forget to eat.

Food is fuel, and if you forget, the sentences suffer.

Or at least I’ve found.

Hemingway said ‘hunger was a good discipline’.  Yes, but too far past comfort and the work wanders.

So, stay fueled.

Time for bed–

21 Jun

Don’t make yourself stay up and write if your body tells you otherwise.

You can write in the morning.  Or at some point tomorrow.

Rest is crucial in a writer’s ways…

So, treat yourself to some.

Night 1

20 Jun

Don’t doubt your abilities.

EVER! You can write and read as well as you wish.

Agony is elective.

Don’t elect it.


Hello’s ….

Purpose of 100…

What happens in 1A?

Longer Papers

Shorter Papers (2 full pages)

Comp Books, or journals (consistent content, notes and thoughts, brainstormings and meditations)

Attendance and Activity – just ’cause you’re here doesn’t mean you’re here.

Past Experience with reading and writing…  Oh, and college, or school…

Words.  Find some and report back. (Group Work) …

Quote- “Without music, life would be a mistake.” -Friedrich Nietzsche  —  What does that mean, to you?

Freewriting.  Don’t let the freedom EVER be compromised.  It should have some focus, just not right away, and never too much.  Too much focus means too much containment, which negates any sense of freedom.

Always have questions prepared for class, for each meeting.  For me, and for each other.  AND, for yourself!

Past, present, aspired future as a reader, writer (more than as a “student”).

Interests, passions…  You can write or read critically without these!

Get books immediately.  All of them.

Why?  Why not.
Be open to Newness, to ideas that challenge you as well as those that unnerve you.  This is the nucleus of truly valuable self-education.
And, lastly for tonight:  YOU are your best teacher.
One more “last thing”….  Family first.  Always.

And the semester starts. 

19 Jun

Don’t have expectations.  Have tentative visions, take each day one at a time.  Yes, you may have goals or thoughts, but don’t be too trapped or suffocated in them.  Be open to new experiences…  If you want to improve your reading and writing abilities, that’s one of the best pieces of counsel I can offer you at the start of these eight weeks.

I look forward to working with ALL of you this Summer.

First assignment:  Please post below 50-100 words about yourself, about what you’ve lived, where you think you’re going…  BE CREATIVE!  And don’t overthink it!  Just write!

Rendez-vous demain!  (See you tomorrow!)


Moments are short.

15 Jun

Capture as many as you can.

And you don’t need always a full sentence or paragraph.

Sometimes a singular word will do.

Mine, now: ‘list’ …