Archive for May, 2010

Just one thing, I guess, today. “Harry” stopped by to pick up the SF mags he lent me.  I could only give him one back, as I didn’t get a chance to read the other two; his brother’s picking them up tomorrow.  I’m hoping to snag a copy of A Fisherman of the Inland Sea […]


The 750 words site tells me what I’m thinking and what kind of a person I’m being while I’m writing each entry. Check it out: Rating PG Violence Feeling mostly… Affectionate Concerned mostly about… Work Mindset while writing… Introvert Negative Uncertain Feeling Time orientation The Future Primary sense Touch Us and them I


So I started doing this 750 words business. It’s a bit more strenuous, really, than the 200 WAD challenge, which might actually mean that I do it, or something.  I don’t know.  I’m not feeling particularly committed to it.  What I would really like is to wake up every morning wanting to write, feeling inspired […]


You guys, I am so wonko on daytime cold medicine right now.  I’m all vertigo and bad ideas.  Since that’s not a good condition in which to grade, I thought I’d maybe blog! My head feels like it’s about to blow like the Death Star! My kiddos are watching Star Wars: A New Hope right […]


Taking Care: A Reflection on (and in! Imagine that!) Words “It seems as if we don’t know how to speak; it seems as if there are words which escape, which are missing, which have gone away and left us to ourselves, tangled up in snares and threads.” —Pablo Neruda We’re reading this book that I […]


Here’s a poem I really like! (Also, I’m about to write my fourth Think Piece of the year, and will be posting it here soon.  In the meantime, enjoy!) The Two-Headed Calf Tomorrow, when the farm boys find this freak of nature, they will wrap his body in newspaper and carry him to the museum. […]


Really?  You did not?  Well, allow EVERY ONE OF MY STUDENTS to tell you so in separate (and ostensibly separately conceived) “think” pieces!  They are telling me, right now!  All night long!  Over and over! Whoever taught kids that human beings are by nature power-hungry, lazy, selfish, murdering, thieving bastards — that it’s individual human […]