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(10/19/16)  English 100, Reaction to Meeting —

19 Oct

Thank you all for an energetic exchange of ideas today.  I’ll be honest, I was a little tired and not that in-character when I arrived, but I credit you all for pulling me from my lull.  Thank you!  Keep reading in Walls with a critical eye on the family, on the parents especially.  There’s nothing wrong with being critical of their parental “methods”, but your criticisms need to be supported.  Also, take note of your emotions and feelings as a reader, and be prepared to tell us where you felt what.

For your creative work, telling your story…  Practice telling a story.  Do more freewriting in your journals.  Teach us something about yourself, about the world, about life.  There are so many experiences in this world that would make incredible stories, and I’m CERTAIN that many of them are in our group.

Start preparing to defeat your Monday.  I’ve said this before, Mondays do NOT have to feel like Mondays.  Ever.  Whatever you have to do to feel positive about yourself and what you’re doing, do it.

Thanks again for the electric interactions today…

See you all next week – Mike

PS – What is one goal you have over the weekend, one productive step forward you want to actuate?

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!!!

Loyally,

Mikey 

Bonjoir…

23 Aug

Thank you all for such an inspiring first day yesterday.  Again, please buy the first book I mentioned in class, and start writing in your composition books, or other-styled journals, before next meeting.  I can already feel this is set to be one of the more energetic and interactive terms of my career.

One key to making this class or any class your own, and getting a grade you want, is to be present, and aware, and of course POSITIVE.  If you elect agony, it will find you.  But, if you prefer the ‘yay’ to the ‘nay’, then you’ll be gifted with an experience you’ll enjoy.

See you all tomorrow, and thanks again for yesterday.

Yours.  Loyally.  Always.

-Mike

(for class tonight, 7/25/16) 

25 Jul

Stress.  What do you do about stress when it confronts you?  “Are we going to talk about img_5294Jeannette Walls tonight?” Yes, don’t worry.  But for a minute, let’s talk about something that either already presents itself every-so-often in our lives or for some of us quite frequently.  STRESS— ugh, I just hate the word, I’ll be honest.  How do you confront and combat stress when it lands?  Sometimes I think stress is only in our heads and then other times I see it as quite understandable that some realities like money, work, bills, family, the car, the rent, the mortgage, would stress us.  So how do we deal with it?  How do we defeat it?  And…  I have to ask…  IS IT JUST IN OUR HEADS?

Okay…  So, Walls.  That Glass Castle.  Are we any closer to the Castle, or are we still so far from it that it’s still just an idea rather than anything truly plausible?  Where do we see stress in the book, especially in last night’s assignment?  How do some of the characters, Dad especially, deal with stress, or real life and responsibilities?  The conditions facing the Walls family should be overwhelming with their stressful capacities, but as a reader I don’t see any effort to right a situation which would beget stress.  If you were in the position of the Walls’, a member of their family, how would “cope”?

Happiness, or what makes someone happy…  Is there a recipe?  What makes you happy?  If someone is in a funk or a tad ‘down in the dumps’, what’s the first thing you’d recommend they try to right themselves, life their spirits and mood?  Many times when I ask students what makes them happy, the address money, or financial security, a better job… often dealing with money, these responses.  And I mean often.  What is the recipe for happiness?  I know, “There is no recipe.” Okay, so what do you recommend? How do we make ourselves happy?  How do we truly live and not just exist?  Notice I come to you with questions for yourselves and to ask each other, discuss with each other including myself.  This prompt is meant for a positive Exchange of Ideas, meant to help each other and instruct the people around with you yay-saying vibes.  Enjoy…

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

First thing you

22 Jul

do in the morning.. Is what?

What is your morning “routine”?

How set are you in it?

How does it contribute to your story and character?

Thank you all for an awesome 5 weeks…  3 more to go… Keep reading and writing, filling the journals…
Be inspired and STAY inspired.

Life is cruelly curt and it doesn’t care if we don’t like its brevity.  Fight time with words… Words are immune to everything.

-Mike

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?