New story published – I didn’t even know it was on the publisher site until now!
A perennial favorite. per·en·ni·al adjective: perennial lasting or existing for a long or apparently infinite time; enduring or continually recurring. William Wordsworth’s poem about golden daffodils show up almost every semester. Good thing I like the flowers 😉 For your reading pleasure: I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud By William Wordsworth I wandered lonely… Read More Flower Power
Midterm vacation. Helping a neighbor mark papers: he volunteers at a GED evening program. The question: Is it worth spending time in the evening, after one’s job, to study for a GED? One 19 or 20 year old student went to a school called JTA. His friends are spending the evening playing poker. He is… Read More Spending Time
Penny’s dad has marched off to answer President Lincoln’s call for soldiers. Penny doesn’t dare be sad about that, because Mama is clearly holding herself back from crying, and so is Big Sister Belle. But Penny’s flute teacher has also marched off to war, so Penny will be sad about him instead. 😢 So she will… Read More The sound of Not Sad
Editing my own short story, and trying to figure out what I meant when I typed: He had very little time to finish his self-appointed task anyway. Why would I use the word ‘anyway’ in this situation, it doesn’t make any sense for the character or the scene! Read it once, read it twice, and… Read More Dear Dyslexia, quit already.
The Story of an Hour, by Kate Chopin – a perennial favorite. My own perennial favorite: Commelina communis, or the Asiatic Dayflower. Happily, Student has most excellent ideas to write about – we will work together to tidy up the grammar so the ideas get the most excellent grade they deserve. “The Story on… Read More Abandon All Commas, Ye Who Enter Here
Writing stories… names are important! Mr. Glatzer was originally written as a goldsmith, then the story showed that this is the wrong social class, and he changed into a barber. From 1840 to 1880, Germans were the largest group of immigrants. Before that, white were not ‘menial’ barbers, but the new immigrants did not have… Read More A Rose by Any Other Name II
Civil War: Indoor plumbing? Yes. Sometimes. And sometimes people used chamber pots, or outhouses. 40 years before Lincoln was elected: In 1820, Philadelphia was the first american city to finish building municipal water works and, in 1823, Boston completed the first American sewer system. What happened when people just dumped their chamber pots into the… Read More Tutor vs Civil War Toilets
A polyseme is a word or phrase with different, but related senses. Since the test for polysemy is the vague concept of relatedness, judgments of polysemy can be difficult to make. https://www.thoughtco.com/polysemy-words-and-meanings-1691642
They are meeting in my computer lab. Very noisy with setting up Robot Wheels. Slinging Shakespeare quotes. “Whether it is better to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune…” “Cry havoc and let slip the hounds of war” “To be or not to be…” for three minutes, by heart. Color me impressed.