a Flash of Micropoems

Last night a flash of micropoems galloped through my head. A few of them:   prepare Kids for Life even Monopoly can be a Teachable Moment 1. Capitalism is Ruthless 2. do not mess with Mom     floatn Gauze Frogsong baseline Leaves rustlesweep Windchimes waterfall even cars fear to break this the Quiet is roaring     on hearing a Micropoem please say more she insisted I paused   why?   the Wind said everything   Share with: TwitterRedditEmailLinkedInFacebook

Building the Ultimate Workspace

One meta office with divider: office desk on onside, tools on the other… the office equivalent of the commercial grade kitchens, often bigger than many actually commercial kitchens, in larger american homes. Cross: simplifying: only things used every day on desk, used every week away but in reach, every month in a closet, less: gone. For me working from home, every week, I use my workspaces for paying bills, programming, managing my business, writing books, writing blog entries, social mediaing, publishing, studying, making things, writing poetry. Do a little boiling. e.g. don’t tie things with no physical footprint to a physical workspace: paying bills, programming, managing my business, writing books, writing blog entries, publishing, studying, making things, writing poetry Group closely related and put them in order of “importance”: x programming x writing (books, blog entries, poetry) ? publishing x making things x studying (mDiv) ? managing my business, paying bills   More on simplifying… clear your workspace and bring things back when you need them, move them to drawers, closet, gone over time.   We are creatures of time & space… use that. Share with: TwitterRedditEmailLinkedInFacebook

This may feel a little… strange at first

After we eat breakfast, I drive my daughter to school. When I get back I get a cup of coffee and start the writing part of my work day. Sometimes I start that by continuing to work on something I’ve already started writing or editing. And sometimes, just by thinking. Today, traffic kick started me. It feels like the drivers in this town are worse than they used to be. Part of it is there are almost three times as many people as there were when I moved here the first time. There are at least three times as many people screwing up based on that alone. And it’s partly gadgets. Show me someone driving with a phone to their ear in Colorado Springs and there’s a good chance I’ll be looking at someone whose car tires do not stay in their own lane. Gadgets are a great opportunity to not see what’s going on around and a great way to screw up without trying. Anybody who’s heard me talk about traffic probably expects me to go into a full rant. But that’s where this thunk got interesting.This went on a tangent. to be continued… Share with: TwitterRedditEmailLinkedInFacebook

Grading College Papers

One of my High School teachers told me she takes the grade’s on an assignment, charts them and those grades cluster: A’s then B’s then C’s and so on. Part way through my first semester grading college papers, I noticed something strange. Even though this was a class for upper level college humanity majors, it was clear quite a few of these students didn’t know how to write a basic paper. A paper is, is a bit like a lawyer making a case in court: it’s supposed to prove or show something. To do that, it has to actually start, preferably in one place, and get somewhere else (in an at least vaguely connected fashion) while backing it up with some evidence (teachers call those footnotes). But, by the second paper, the grade clusters showed a bunch of students couldn’t even do that. What were basically english majors couldn’t write a basic high school paper. So, all these students needed to do to get a C was to start one place and get somewhere else without dropping me in the Grand Canyon while throwing a few footnotes my way. That’s it. If I expect that out of one of my students, I’m kind of stuck with it as a rule when I write and publish. Some writing really does need evidence like footnotes. If I’m claiming Elvis is alive and well because I saw it on a webcam, I’m going to provide a link. If I’m analyzing the first album by … Continue reading Grading College Papers


A future blog post (“We are toolmaker”) went live early. Worse, it wasn’t actually a full draft. It was more a collection of notes. If you read it, I apologize for the confusion. Worsest of all? It went live early due to me me me. I done did not do what I knew I was supposed to do and…. yeah. “We are Toolmaker” will be start later this week. Share with: TwitterRedditEmailLinkedInFacebook

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