Monthly Archives: February 2011

Icing in the garden

While I was at school trying to warm my students to the idea of breaking old habits and taking academic and creative risks, JB was in the garden preserving the icing. In all states that matter, the transformation of solids to liquids … Continue reading

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“Eggs”traordinary and mysterious

For the past five years we have discovered random stray eggs in our yard. Friends of ours have conjectured that this must be a joke someone is playing on us, but I don’t think so. It would be pretty tricky … Continue reading

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Criminal Cards—in the table

Presently, the display in our table (Opening the Books, In the Table/ On the Wall) is part of a collection of criminal cards that I bought at an antique store not far from our house. These were discarded by the … Continue reading

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William Kentridge- Automatic Writing

Animated, smudged, and morphing language, visuals, words, imagination, motion, reverie, images, poetry… Kentridge is a remarkable animator, artist, playwright from South Africa. I’m so grateful a friend of mine reminded me of his work and sent me this link.

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Riprap by Gary Snyder

Lay down these words Before your mind like rocks. xxxxxxxplaced solid, by hands In choice of place, set Before the body of the mind xxxxxxxin space and time: Solidity of bark, leaf, or wall xxxxxxxriprap of things: Cobble of milky … Continue reading

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Cult of Silence

I was in a K-12 school and observed a single file line of kindergardeners walking down the hall behind a young blonde-haired teacher. The first few kids, as they were walking, started to fall to their knees and then slide. … Continue reading

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Visual antis

One of my students, in a paper entitled “The North won the war, but the South won the peace” wrote, “In 1866, a group of white southerners, who were upset about losing the Civil War and the direction of Recon- … Continue reading

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Year of the Cat

For the past couple of years a friend and colleague of mine has celebrated the Vietnamese Tet Lunar New Year– ever since she and her husband adopted two children from Vietnam. The celebration seems to have grown over time from … Continue reading

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“I am necessary and proper”

Last summer I attended a writing workshop at Exeter in New Hampshire and the two facilitators of that workshop visited our school yesterday in Chicago. They did a workshop with our eighth grade students starting with Rosario Morales’ and her … Continue reading

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Lillian Gish and Lady Gaga

We’re halfway through watching D.W. Griffith’s 1915 Birth of a Nation. Not an easy movie to watch—filled with racism and revisionist history. We have been immersed in the intricacies of Reconstruction and it seemed a perfect way to discuss how the … Continue reading

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