March 2021

Slice of Life: One Final Sentence (as prose poem)

(The Slice of Life Challenge in March has been hosted by Two Writing Teachers as way to encourage teachers-as-writers. There is also a monthly call for Slices on Tuesdays. You can write then, too) Every Sentence that’s been a Slice has narrowed my writer’s focus to single small moments of time and yet, in constructing […]

Book Review: City of Ghosts/Tunnel of Bones

The first two books in the Cassidy Blake series, which features the young protagonist as a seeker of ghosts, are fast-paced and character-rich and full of ghosts. City of Ghosts is the first in the series by Victoria Schwab, and Tunnel of Bones is the second. I found the series at my library, and I […]

Slice of Life/Day in a Sentence: In Spring Jim

(The Slice of Life Challenge in March is hosted by Two Writing Teachers as way to encourage teachers-as-writers. You can join in, if you want. There is also a monthly call for Slices on Tuesdays. You can write then, too) Just as I saw him on his bike, and thought, there’s the first sign of Spring, Jim, […]

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Are there really neat lines of cause/effect action in the possibility place the internet, 2021 warts and all, still provides? My best experiences there are ones that could never be anticipated. The antidote to artificial intelligence and algorithmic forces are the human especially the quirky ones, that cannot be GANned or blockchained or predicted. An […]

Slice of Life/Day in a Sentence: Peeking At The Underbelly

(The Slice of Life Challenge in March is hosted by Two Writing Teachers as way to encourage teachers-as-writers. You can join in, if you want. There is also a monthly call for Slices on Tuesdays. You can write then, too) A rainy, dreary Sunday was broken up unexpectedly by a squirrel clinging upside down on the window […]

Grief is Good?

I’ve been thinking a great deal about loss. This past year there has been so much loss in the world and in my own life. The loss of: Human lives – literally, so many lives have been lost globally Visiting loved ones – meeting family & friends in-person Places of work – the spaces where/when/how… Continue reading Grief is Good?

Weekly Web Harvest for 2021-03-21

Twitch’s Latest Sensation Is A Stop Sign Where No One StopsThis is Stopsigncam, a Twitch channel that suddenly has over 125,000 followers even though it’s just a camera trained on a single neighborhood intersection in Salem, Massachusetts.
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Pandemic Perspective and Tragic Optimism

Yesterday, in a talk by the wonderful Mays Imad on healing, hope and recovery, and I was inspired by several things. The one I want to focus on today is that of “tragic optimism”. I was recently in a private conversation, discussing how we would all recover/heal from this pandemic, the impact on the elderly…

Slice of Life/Day in a Sentence: Cacophonic Symphony

(The Slice of Life Challenge in March is hosted by Two Writing Teachers as way to encourage teachers-as-writers. You can join in, if you want. There is also a monthly call for Slices on Tuesdays. You can write then, too) It was the sound that caught our ears from a distance, the crowded chaotic cacophonic* symphony of […]