I suppose I should officially record, for posterity or something, my thoughts on being engaged. But the fact is everyone who reads this already knows the facts. And as for what I think or feel, I don’t think I can adequately capture that jumble in words. And, oddly, I’m not sure I want to. At […]
Peggy Noonan said it much better than I could, but this is a news story that makes me smile. And I really like her title with its reference to Flannery O’Connor. Since I’m on an O’Connor kick right now.
Don’t really have anything to say, but don’t want to go to sleep. Too much caffeine too late at night. Thoughts bouncing around in my head like a pinball machine… ding, ding, ding, TILT… But I can’t remember what it was I had to say. I should probably just go to bed. This blog entry […]
judging from the mainstream media, Hollywood, and my college freshmen, in contemporary American culture “good” usually means “whatever makes me feel pleasure” and bad “whatever is unpleasant.” Very few people feel comfortable even acknowledging the possibility of true evil. Many people even wanted to exonerate the 9-11 hijackers, they weren’t evil, just oppressed. If anything […]
http://www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/articles/2005/03/09/for_sat_takers_a_new_test/ one the one hand I am glad more emphasis is being put on writing and if this gets more teachers to take writing seriously that would be a good thing. However, the article itself points out many of my reservations: many teachers will be tempted to gear all their teaching toward the test and […]
At Fordham University: Modern History Sourcebook, links to lots of historical documents. Some outlines on major themes, ideas. http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/modsbook10.html
http://english3.fsu.edu/~skopel/writing/book/view/170 http://www2.wgbh.org/mbcweis/ltc/fnma3/lessonsfrom.html http://english.boisestate.edu/writing/therock.htm
The same old problem: I realize after a student has left I’ve been doing too much talking and not enough listening. Sometimes it’s shy studentes who are afraid to be in control: tell me how to fix it, tell me what you want. And they are not completely wrong. What I want, how I will […]
reflecting on Gibson’s Passion and the role of the Catholic artist: Wrestling with the Angel of Strangeness: The Passion One Year Later, by Debra Murphy I really like her analysis, one of the clearest I’ve seen. Not a “close reading” of the film, but an attempt to see its place in the bigger picture.