Navigating My Column And Discussion Page…There is an index bar across the top of my home page above this writing. The titles in the index bar are: 100 Writing Resources, About, Mini Biography, Poetry, and What Is Next. The 100 Writing Resources contains everything I have written in the last ten years. It, also, introduces my favorite websites, lessons, and PowerPoints. This piece of the WordPress site is constantly changing and being up-dated with everyday events and new teaching approaches. The Public Dropbox in 100 Writing Resources can be opened to reveal downloadable folders in creative classroom materials, audio talks, grant writing, video lessons, books, and the projects of hundreds of graduate students that I have had the pleasure of teaching. About is a short description of the goals and objectives for writing this column. My full resume can be found in 100 Writing Resources. I like writing about television, movies, theater, and educational practices, not about myself.
An abbreviated resume beginning appears in Mini-biography. Poetry is a creative writing and poetry lover’s paradise. It has a master PowerPoint with easy to follow lesson directions under each slide. It introduces over 25 poetry formats and how to creatively present them. Mini-presentations, also, dot this poetry site. What Is Next is a step-by-step PowerPoint describing one of my favorite classroom activities. I am still working on how to add videos directly to my column of my book talk movies and lessons in the classroom movies. There are no, ads, pleas, or gimmicks in anything I do. What is given freely is rarely appreciated. I hope my column’s readers appreciate my ideas, the ideas of my peers, and the input of the column’s readers.
On Sunday I like to share the comments from readers of my column. Here are some of the topics that received the most comments this week or those comments that bear mentioning.
Cinderella Poem Salute To Sylvia Plath…Why did you make Cinderella a blonde in your poem? In the forty Cinderella books developed in countries around the world, she is rarely a blonde. Please change her to a dark haired brunette in your poem.
Gas Fracking In Pennsylvania I…Yoko Ono, Susan Sarandon, and Sean Lennon were in Montrose, Pennsylvania this week protesting fracking. They were received as outsiders that never discussed the issues with local property owners. What is up with that?
Gas Fracking In Pennsylvania II… Here is some extra food for thought. You won’t hear these comments on your national news’ stations. You can see from the pictures I am sending you what a wonderful job the gas company did for our family and our land. Four natural gas pipelines were placed under our property. After the construction was finished, they graded the land, fertilized it, seeded it by hand, and then blew the straw covering. Grass was growing in TWO WEEKS. They patched all my roads and rebuilt my fences. The company moved large boulders to help with my property’s landscaping. I couldn’t ask for more. They paid me well for the use of my land, too. The deer were here all through the pipeline construction project. Don’t let anyone tell you the gas company construction sites are scaring the wildlife away. After the grass had grown back, the deer and turkey could be seen, every day all over the ground above the pipeline, feeding on the new growth. The pipeline company will plant whatever kind of grass you suggest would be best for your land. While the gas construction crews were building a pad right beside my house with bulldozers and making noise, the deer were in my lawn grazing. Independence from foreign oil is important to us in Pennsylvania. Not sending our young men over to the Middle East to defend oil is important, too. This is what many of us here in Northeast Pennsylvania are about. I have 14 well pads within a 5-mile circle around my property. If someone wants to make a movie about my back yard (like Promised Land) I think maybe my neighbors and I should have at least a little bit to say about it. Don’t go to Saudi Arabia for funding and then come back and make a movie about something you obviously don’t know much about. That’s my opinion.
The Django Unchained Boycott…Why are you getting so caught about the violence in Django Unchained? Aren’t there better things for you to protest out there? Django is the story of a black man who is wronged. As he tries to correct this wrong, he gets stronger and stronger as the movie progresses. The violence in the movie depicts exactly what happened to slaves in the South during this time period. Did you want the movie maker to lie? Django is trying to rescue his wife. He completes this noble mission and eliminates the monsters. What more could you ask in a movie?
Martin Luther King, Jr. Poetry…Your Martin Luther King poetry was lame. Stick to talking about movies, the theater, and books. I like your comments on those subjects.
Teaching…You are wrong about the first thing in teaching. It is not that teachers should know their subject. The first thing about teaching is knowing your student.
Some Of Next Week’s Topics…Arnold Schwartzenegger, Amelia Earhart, Maya Angelou, Two Dimensional Stories, The Ebell Club, Lewis Carroll, Progressive Poetry, Colorado Springs, The Job Corner, Succession Planning, Where Are You Joe DiMaggio, Aida, New Movie Releases, The Scarlet Pimpernel, John Grisham, The Barnes Museum, Snip Snaps, LinkedIn, and Google Images.