Archive | August, 2016

Just checking in…

30 Aug

How’s the reading going?  Any new thoughts on your authors?

ENGLISH 100:  Do you see any optimism being expressed by Ms. Plath?  Or, is there still the gloom?

ENGLISH 1A:  What is Sedaris talking about now?  What are some possible larger messages and intentions behind his work, besides just writing about himself, his family, what he’s been through, etc.


Hope you all are having a tremendously inspiring day today, and are ready for another lively day of ideas and creative, tomorrow.


Yours.  Loyally.  Always.


1A – Meeting 3, 8/29/16

29 Aug

Good evening everyone!  For tonight, we’ll be getting into essay writing, the ones we read from Sedaris, and also the style of his essay.  What did they say, what they accomplish for us as readers, as well as many other realities in his work.  What were your most consistent observations?  What did you like?   What did you not like?  Who is Sedaris writing for?  What do you think he wants his readers to do as a result of reading his essays?

Break into groups and take each other through the essays we read.  Share your reactions and what you thought was funny, but also how you or others could relate to his stories.  Read from the typed reactions you did over the weekend, start there and generate new ideas together.

Creative:  Tell story from your life, something that you think about and recount quite often, for whatever reason.  Something that contributed to the character you are today.

Returning to Sedaris, let’s read and not as we go, together.  What is he saying, what’s standing out to us…  Reading actively means we not only give the book more attention than we otherwise would, but as well knowing exactly what speaks to us, with what exactly we are connecting.

100 – Meeting 3, 8/29/16

29 Aug

Just a note, keep everything in one place.  This is something I’m learning I have to get really into and have my head utterly wrapped around.  You don’t want to be scattered, and you don’t want to be stressed— consolidate, simplify, go forward.

Plath… troubled or truthful?  That was my focus in this first reading.  AND, her language.  The way she gives us a picture of what’s around her, what it says to her, what the repeated messages and statements, guiding ideas (or “themes” if you wish) were in these initiating chapters.

If we’re talking identity, where do you see her having some identity, whether happy or sad, optimistic or pessimistic?  Or as I always say: ‘yay-saying’ or ‘nay-saying’.

And writing, reading, what we want.. how to be better at both.

-Active reading… don’t rush.  Speed-reading is STUPID

-Writing… first, love your voice.  Worry about the mechanic and all the prettiness later.  First, just move the pen, or start typing.

Hope you all

28 Aug

are as inspired as I am today!

Looking forward to week 2!

Be ready to share your ideas, reactions, and writings!!!




28 Aug

Centered, helio–

But no, another go.  Light

in, on, ‘nother pawn

Who’s listening to music right now?

24 Aug

To what?

What does it make you think of?

How does it make you feel?

Where does it take you?

Here’s me, now:

Sometimes, seriously, you have to take

24 Aug

a second.  Take two.  Take twenty.  Take twenty minutes.

Whatever it takes you to get back to a you with which you’re comfortable.

You decide the ‘you’.