Archive | March, 2017

Even at the gas station,

17 Mar

take time to think.

Collect yourself.


Write in your head.

Learn, learn,

17 Mar

always learn more about yourself.

Pretend you just met.

Ownership of Topic

16 Mar

Anyone can see this is encouragement, when I say it in class—  “Make the topic your own.” Or, “The onus is all yours.” But it’s more than that, actually.  The ‘ownership’ precipitates from the eagerness and exploratory urges from the student.  ‘What is the author wanting us to do?’ and ‘How does this relate to my life, and society today?’ The ownership is really a connection between the student and their work, their life as a matriculant.  A student can be passive, merely going from one assignment and class to the next, or they can feel an irrefutable inner-compulsion to explore their abilities, to test themselves.  Ownership of topic is command of experience.  But, the student has to make that choice.  The other day I stressed that “The student has to be an animal, a predator feeding on knowledge, otherwise they become prey to their own idleness.” It comes down to choices, actions, maintenance of mental activity.  The ownership begs creativity, to find new approaches and thoughts, ways to read and write, do research and study.

In the college purview, you need to encourage yourself and not wait for some momentous encouragement from the outside.  The owner of anything should be starkly abreast that the story begins and ends with him/her.  Again, I know, “encouragement”.  But why not encourage?  Why not encourage yourself?  Make all topics, classes, semesters, programs, goals your own.  There is no student who can’t be a serious student, who can’t master, own, something in the curriculum.  Once you’ve mastered something, or feel that sense of ownership and control of your work, you’ll be lifted… lifted from angst and self-doubt.  You, the student, are the master.  You are in control.  You own what you’re working on.  You have to convince yourself of that, and maintain, encourage, that conviction.

Writing Prompt–

16 Mar

Look out the nearest window, write 1000 words on the first thing you see.


16 Mar

Being a student is always.  We’re always students.  Of ourselves, of the world around us, of the moment we’re in right now.  Of everything.  Not only do we need to record our moments and understandings, but we need to study how we react.  To everything.  “Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying.” Emerson said.  When you’re a forever-student, you will be seen by others and by yourself as a figure of learning, of knowledge addiction.  And be this, always.  Learning.  Student-oriented.  And, others around you will learn from this eternally matriculated You.  See every day as a class session, every week as a semester, ever year as a degree program.  Learn from follies and forwards.  There’s a gem in everything.  Everything.  But, you have to actuate the student’s tendencies and scope.  So, do.


16 Mar

You should want to.

That’s where gems are unearthed.

That’s where the real self-education materializes.

Telling a story should entail

16 Mar

unusual stress on the ‘telling’.  And, we as readers should have our analytical blades directed toward the telling, the teller, asking ourselves afterward, “What were we told? What were we taught?” Any reader should hope to learn something from a text.  Or, at the very least, record some Newness in observation.  The words put on page were hopefully done so with esteemed priority and precision, as to indicate the teller’s urgency in jotting their experience and observations– which by immediate association impacts our experience in their world and how we measure and evaluate what we observe and feel.