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I wrote this for the class I took called Ecology of Language and Place. It was posted on April 13, 2009. Although I would rework it some today, the essence of the piece is fairly intact. I was actually looking for something else, and discovered that the class blog was still active! Here is a link to the original, I believe you can get to other things I wrote at that time through this.
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We live our lives inside of stories. Memories are faulty, events from one decade can be confused with events from another, things that seemed very important at the time can be forgotten. Stories can help us keep the essential pieces together, the meaning of the event, without focusing too much on the “facts.” I learned a lot about European history from stories and novels, that allowed me to remember the relationships between the players. I listened to my family’s stories about times and people past as well.
Stories have been used since humans had speech to convey values, hopes and fears, and ideas about how the world works. The oral tradition allowed for stories to be modified to meet the needs of each audience, each teller, each time.
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I am struggling to revise the BIG PAPER from last quarter which, as I re-read it, shows just how little I know and just how little I am changing!
I am supposed to revise the paper to incorporate new information and ideas from this quarter… and I find that there are so many redundancies that it’s hardly worth the effort. The important pieces have been said. What little CAN be added isn’t really necessary for the conclusions I drew and I don’t know that simply adding “so-and-so agrees, too” is useful. I don’t know that removing the details from before and replacing with new authors is useful, either. I refuse to put in theories that don’t reflect my personal beliefs (and there are many in the books we are reading).
All this, while I am trying to get caught up on the other tasks that languished in the last week while I had a migraine.
Writing is rapidly ceasing to be fulfilling. And thinking is out of the question.
Grad school stinks.
Spring can’t arrive soon enough for me.
I wanted to let people who know me see some of my work from the last two quarters. So you will notice a major heading in the sidebar that reads “Papers 2008-2009” — the name of the half-time program I have been taking since January. Under that are other headings that link to various essays. More will be added later, but I need to actually get back to the tasks (reading) that are essential for today.
Posted by stidmama on 25 Nov 2008 | Tagged as: celebrations, children, education, Giving, good things, Interesting Websites, Making a Difference, reading, school, social justice, Uncategorized, writing
I LOVE the way WITS (Writers in the Schools), based in Houston, Texas, supports and promotes literacy and writing. I periodically visit this blog that has a poem written by a child each day. There is so much talent, so much sharing that goes on! It makes my mama/teacher/writer/human heart glad.
Today only (Nov 25) there is a contest for people that will give an Amazon.com gift certificate to a random reader who mentions a poem they have enjoyed reading on the WITS blog.
Finding one’s voice is a major goal of growing up. WITS provides children with an opportunity to learn from published authors and participate in activities that help them develop their voice.
Want to get involved but don’t live near a WITS program? This is an idea that might encourage you: find a local school — or a library — with a need for adults to read with children, a need for people to listen to children read. Half an hour a week… or every other week. Take some time. Make a Difference.
I didn’t stay up until Midnight, I sat down at 10 pm after spending the day getting ready for and visiting with a classmate of mine. We held our annual All Hallow’s feast and enjoyed several hours just hanging out and enjoying talking.
So I just finished my first set of words… 481. Not bad for about 30 minutes’ work. Now I am going to do a little bit of research, and then to bed. I am going to try to put up a widget on the “cool things” page so you can track my progress.
Time change for most people in the United States tonight. It will feel like getting an extra hour’s sleep without sleeping in.
I will participate in National Novel Writing Month again this year, but I doubt I will get the 50,000 word limit this time.
That’s okay, I haven’t been writing much the last few months because of school, and it would be a good challenge to work toward. I suppose I will have most of the last week of November without classes. Let’s see… 50,000 words over 7 days in the last week + four weekends (8 days) = about 3400 words per writing day! A piece of cake, right?
Anyway, here is the pretty large icon that links to NaNoWriMo for this year!
Well, Robin has been writing poems all month. I thought it would be a good idea to write one also, since I didn’t manage to participate in NaPoWriMo (this time).
be bold, bright, splendid
quiet, calm, reserved
grey, purple, moderate, centered, boldly quiet, splendidly calm, brightly reserved…
and all at once
this is by ks, copyright ks, permission to quote and alter — but please cite ks as your source.