Great Aunt Helen Got Jilted
by the Millinery Salesman from Chicago.
By Ebenezer Baldwin Bowles | Thursday, December 5, 2013
No measure of conscious focus
can stop the scatter. We're all over the place the windscreen is too dirty. Too many waves. From all directions. All at once. Every feasible spectrum. Ceaseless.
Frosted Fading Sacred Lotus.
By Stephen Gingold | Wednesday, December 4, 2013
I've visited the lotus pond
in our town countless times over the years and, like many, have been drawn mostly to the rich, deep pink of the blooms as they open during the late summer months. Come October when the warm season ends, the leaves of the lotus fade quickly into a sere brown paper….
But, if you time it right….
Let's Schedule a Storm.
Better Yet, Let's Learn a Language.
By Freddie A. Bowles | Tuesday, December 3, 2013
The talk around campus
is the impending weather event predicted for Thursday and Friday of this week. A foot of snow in Tulsa! Rain turning to ice turning to snow and sub-freezing temps! Judging by the reaction, you'd think the storm is scheduled instead of predicted. My students are already planning for a snow day or two. E-messages are flowing through cyberspace, creating scenarios of if, then, when!
Nine Months after the Hurricane.
By Joe Dempsey | Sunday, December 1, 2013
In the aftermath of Katrina,
our intrepid photographer Joseph Dempsey and friends weren't sure their annual trip to the French Quater Fest in New Orleans would still be on. But the spirit of New Orleans was undaunted. The festival went ahead as scheduled! Joe takes us back to those days of devastation and healing in this week's feature — and publishes for the first time a series of photos of the damage in the lower Ninth Ward of the fabled Southern city.
NCTE Boston: Using Music
to Teach English from A to Jay-Z.
By Chris Goering | Monday, November 25, 2013
Chris Goering and colleagues
presented a one-day workshop at the National Council of Teachers of English conference in Boston on November 25. LitTunes provided online resources related to the presentations at the workshop, Using Music to Teach English from A to Jay-Z. "Enthusiastic attendees. Inspiring presentations. Very powerful day," Chris reported by text late on Monday. Topics included "Rhetorical Analysis of Lyrics" by Josh Vest, "CCSS and Music" by Suzanne Oertel, "Music for Recontextualized Purposes" by Lindy Johnson, and "Woody Guthrie and Me" by Will Sewell.
A Confiding Bird of the Black Arts.
By Andrew Hardacre | Friday, November 15, 2013
The stare of the Stonechat,
displayed here in pixels, albeit with some trepidation on part of the editors, has been known to place under dark and occult spell certain olden Scots and some latter-day Bohemians and Czechs. Whether or not the spell can be transmitted through cybersight is for you alone to know. Captivating in call and appearance, the Stonechat is a gift to the inexpert birder. It's a confiding creature, but not too confiding. It also sits up and perches happily for the photographer. Have a look!
Cooking in Carunchio
By Lawrence Graves | Wednesday, September 18, 2013
This tiny, idyllic village
atop a 2,700-foot high mountain in eastern Italy may be the best venue for a cooking school if one wants to learn more about Italians and their culture rather than gaining cooking skills, but in truth you can get a good measure of both here. One of the reasons my wife, Dawn, and I signed up for this six-day cooking school is because the facility itself is located in a remote area near the Adriatic Sea. We went to the school with the idea we would learn new cooking skills, meet some fun people, and get an upclose look at Italian culture and history.
The Ideals Are Noble,
But the Children Are Hungry.
Special to Planet Gnosis | Thursday, August 29, 2013
The term social justice
is frequently invoked but rarely defined. How, then, do we define it? What does the presence of millions of hungry children in our public schools tell us about equity and society? In this essay about multicultural issues, Dr. Freddie A. Bowles identifies ways to help educators and activists transform lofty ideals into effective action. The essay includes an in-depth report about the June 2013 Symposium on Multiculturalism and Social Justice at the University of Arkansas.
Writing a Bio Poem
In the Target Language:
The 2013 Poems.
By Freddie Bowles | Monday, July 22, 2013
The Bio Poem assignment
in Special Methods serves many purposes. For in-service teachers, it provides biographical information about the student and information about the student’s proficiency in the target language — information useful for all of Danielson’s domains. Students can share their poems to establish a sense of community in the classroom. They can peer-edit each other’s poems for an instructional task. They can publish them to share with parents and community.
A Day among the Fringe Scholars.
By Ron Fritze | Monday, June 17, 2013
After a day with the fringe scholars
at the Ancient Mysteries International Spring Conference, Ron Fritze is left wondering, "Why?" The answers are "legion, for we are many," and add to our understanding of pseudo-history and pseudoscience. Step inside and hear Stephen Knapp's take on ancient Vedic culture, Frank Joseph's ideas about Lemuria, Gary David's notions about the Orion Zone in the desert Southwest, Wayne May's speculations about ancient Mormons, and fringe superstar Michael Cremo's thoughts about forbidden archaeology.
Smitten by the Native Trees of Arkansas.
By Ebenezer Bowles | Tuesday, April 15, 2013
A native tree of Arkansas
is right at home on the land that nurtures and sustains it. At White River Nursery in northwest Arkansas, native trees and perennials are front and center in an initiative to provide gardeners, landscapers, and horticulturists with a wide range of indigenous species. Part of a national movement toward the idea of "sustainable wildlife," White River's initiative is finely attuned to the times. For someone who loves trees, it's downright special.
CSCTFL Conference Focuses on Role
Of Languages in a Global Society.
By Freddie Bowles | Thursday, April 4, 2013
I was fortunate to be one of over 900
foreign language teachers and educators who gathered in Columbus, Ohio, a couple of weeks ago for the 45th annual Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL). Our theme, “MultiTasks, MultiSkills, MultiConnections,” highlighted our focus on the role of languages in a global society.
I Got the Writin' Blues.
By Will Sewell | Wednesday, March 6, 2013
With its emphasis on relating
blues music can be the perfect vehicle to inspire writing for the adolescent experiencing the joys and heartbreaks of growing up. "I Got the Writin' Blues," a unit of three lessons, introduces students to the blues genre through the wit of Conan O'Brien and the lyrics of bluesman Danny Chicago, and then leads them through the process of writing a blues song. For the classroom teacher with an eye toward innovation and the development of new lessons, "I Got the Writin' Blues" also provides good seed for the study of poetry and cultural history.
The Admiral and The President:
An Amazing Day in Richmond.
By Ron Fritze | Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Does the Abraham Lincoln
envisaged by pop culture and history today match-up with the flesh-and-blood man who led the North to victory in the great War Between the States? Interesting question, especially in light of today's slew of postmodernists, those prominent cusses who worship at the fount of opinion. In Ron Fritze's review of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, we encounter some central ideas about the historical Abraham Lincoln. Along the way we meet an admiring admiral, an eloquent abolitionist, and three little kittens caught up in the madness of war.