poetry month
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poetry month

This September we have been studying poetry: reading it, analyzing it, writing it. Oh no, you say, my kids don’t enjoy poetry. Ditto for mine. (Or so they thought.) Build some new neural networks. Learn a new language. Become cultured. These were my original reasons for perusing snippets of William Wordsworth as part of my … Continue reading

Writing: teaching literary device using pop culture
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Writing: teaching literary device using pop culture

I  was searching for an accessible way to explain literary device when my oldest was asking for help in her final high school English class. If you’re thinking, what even is a literary device, an abbreviated, succinct version exists here: http://www.literarydevices.com/ And when you sit to watch a few of these videos, include your pop … Continue reading

food for creative thought: local potter David Lawson, on creativity
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food for creative thought: local potter David Lawson, on creativity

In a creativity conference I attended an artist practicing fiction writing and pottery shared his thoughts on creativity: “Everyone is creative. Certain people are not just born with creativity. You went home, opened the fridge door and made something. So let loose the judgments of others, or self,” says David Lawson. He’s got a point. Everyone finds a … Continue reading

food for creative thought: mark twain, on productivity
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food for creative thought: mark twain, on productivity

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started…” Mark Twain has been quoted to say this. And they say Agatha Christie has too. Either way, they both did a lot of writing. And that quote applies to everything we do in life too. The secret to not getting ahead is fear. Fear stalls the getting ahead. … Continue reading

food for creative thought: how I incorporate writing into daily life
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food for creative thought: how I incorporate writing into daily life

Writing. It’s the adult voice in my child-oriented world. It’s the ear that always listens when a human ear isn’t available. It’s the transmission of mind to paper when a surge of artistic intention burns through. For me, that’s writing. It could be pottery. Or oil painting. Cabinetry. Cooking. Or chess strategy. For me, I must. I … Continue reading

what? nominated again? two times a charm…
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what? nominated again? two times a charm…

Thank you, Lauren, at http://www.balloonsofhope.wordpress.com. Most appreciative of the second-time nomination. Love the Liebster! 1) If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Italy. Maybe Greece. I’ve been to Italy. I’d go again and again and again. There might be Italian roots in me that no one knows about. 2) What was … Continue reading