In-Text Citation and Argument

I know this doesn’t sound very exciting, but I am reading some stellar papers from my Gender Issues in Language and Literature class and love the ideas, yet with some papers, mourn that the execution of those ideas are hampered by incorrect or overly-minimal in-text citation. So this is for them and all the other […]

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About Independent Writing

This is an end of semester overview I give my Wiriting I students. They are about to enter the world of independent writing, and there are some common things to keep an eye on as they write for other classes or in the workplace. An end-of semester look at the most common areas students work […]

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The weight of grading

I always do the PAD Challenge, but I don’t always finish. It’s hard to predict what will make me stop. I completed the challenge the year that should have been the hardest, the April my mom had a heart attack and I spent much of that month at her side. I don’t know how I […]

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PAD Day 12

The challenge for today was a spiritual poem.

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PAD Day 11

The Nature of Baking Baking is science and art. We know that. Recipes now give grams instead of cups and I should be okay with that, but I also know that recipes lie. Aunt Jenny doesn’t tell how she used whole milk just like I don’t tell that I use coconut milk. I mean to, […]

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PAD Day 10

The prompt absolutely did not work for me today, and I don’t know why. I’m running out of time to figure it out though, so I went to my iPad and used Adobe Fresco to start an instapoem instead.


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PAD Day 9

The task today is to write an  ekphrastic  poem. The trick with that is to do one of two extremes. One is to go with something like a photograph that no one knows and let that image frame the poem. The other extreme is to pick a painting that is extremely well known, so much […]

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PAD Day 8

A future poem. Very rough, but something, On Hearing the Song “In the Year 2525′ in 2020 In the year 1969 we thought our short skirts would save us. Make love not war was the cry and a little magazine called Ms. did not exist until 1970, but the signs were there. Vietnam was our […]

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PAD day 7

Another instapoem and my one allowed haiku for the month.

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