Eavesdropping on the Harlem Writers Guild

“Well, in this group we remind each other that talent is not enough. You’ve got to work Write each sentence over and over again, until it seems you’ve used every combination possible, then write it again.” Maya Angelou, The Hear of A Woman p.49 I listened in on a writers group that occurred before I…

Is it noble to stick it out in a hard marriage?

If two people make it to their 50 wedding anniversary, is that accomplishment honorable and noble? My grandma and grandpa Flanders meet in the 1940s. They were married on December 20, 1944 when Grandpa was home on leave for two weeks. A few days after their wedding Grandpa left again with the Navy to continue…

The Count of Monte Cristo and Success

I lost count at how many attempts I made to read The Count of Monte Cristo. It’s a big book. While I was in elementary I read Ramona Quimby age 8, The Candy Corn Contest, and Flubber. I even read a couple of the Baby Sitters Club books. But that’s the extent of my reading…

Dangerous Obedience

I’ve been working on this piece for a long time and I think I’ve taken it as far as I can with my current writing abilities. It’s not polished up and still has an outline feel to it, but I’ve hit a wall. I love where it’s going. I’m sure I’ll pick this one back…

Class Notes page 3: Rhetoric Class

These are just my class notes from my Rhetoric Class. You are more than welcome to read them, but know that they’re simply notes, rather than a creative thoughtful insightful writing. Notes for my compost heap. Inductive Reasoning Inductive reasoning: reasoning from specific examples to form general conclusions, and because induction involves reasoning outward from…

Is Obedience a strength or a weakness?

This is one for my compost heap. I’m working on a paper about obedience and these are three examples I want to incorporate into my discussion. So I’m putting them here so that I can access them when I’m ready for them. The William Brown Alexander Holmes was a Swedish-born sailor…At sea since his tenth…

Becoming Quite or Speaking Louder

It’s interesting to watch and observe different reactions of individuals when their views, ideas, or opinions are not validated, agreed with, challenged, or attacked. It’s hard to hold onto your view when someone else doesn’t agree with it. That challenge increases when your view is challenged or attacked. Those who revert to going quite or…

The Art of Persuasive Speaking and Writing

In a effort to strengthen my writing skills, I recently enrolled in a Rhetoric class. Day one, we were asked to think about speakers that we admire. The discussion that developed from that question gave me an idea. I think it would be a very valuable experience to watch some different TED Talks and try…

Don’t give Fear your Integrity.

I’ve been working through the different writing classes on Master Class, each taught by a different author. I’ve finished three of the authors’ classes and am working on my fourth. Initially I planned on just taking Malcolm Gladwell’s class. Of all the authors available to learn from on Master Class, his genre and style of…

What I Know For Sure

I have a habit (I won’t label it as good or bad) of buying books. I know I can check them out from the library, and sometimes I do. It would make sense to at least check it out from the library first to see if I like it enough to buy it. But I…