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February 27, 2006

Defining Our Own Terms: Teaching is a Metaphor, Learning is Like a Simile

English Students,

We’ve discussed previously the concepts of metaphor and simile. Both compare different ideas and draw connections, thus offering a new perspective or interpretive definition. But, what’s the difference between them?

Here's some help:

Simile - A figure of speech in which two essentially unlike things are compared, often in a phrase introduced by like or as, as in “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get" - Forrest Gump (or) "My love is like a red, red rose" — Robert Burns
Metaphor – The metaphor is similar to the simile, but doesn't say that one thing is like another thing. A metaphor says one thing IS another thing! For example, “Life is a process of becoming . . ." - Anaïs Nin (or) "No man is an island" —John Donne

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February 24, 2006

Searching for Process in the Midst of Catastrophe: Case-in-Point - Hurricane Katrina

Katrina. A name many will likely never forget, no matter how much they'd like to.

The damage she caused was absolutely devastating, her aftereffects heartbreaking and the embarrassing bureaucratic response to her a national tragedy. These points are not the subject for this post. Instead, I ask you to consider the subject of "process" on the subject of this catastrophe.

On the surface, process is only a word, like procedure, that we use everyday in a rather benign way. In theoretical terms, it is nothing more than a signifier that signifies "an action, or a series of actions or events, progress [or] course" (OED). The process of getting from here to there, from this state of affairs to that. As a verb, we "process" our feelings about things and even process our food. As writers, can we . . .

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February 22, 2006

Which Process? Understanding the Purpose of Procedure

“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.” ~ Anaïs Nin

Comrades,

Lots of people have lots of different opinions on what process is and means. For some, this notion is a philosophical key to life and for others a big wasted of time. Nin's notion seems to contrast another famous persona's concept of life and the game of process. Television's Oprah Winfrey once said . . .

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February 20, 2006

Organizational Procedures: How Do You Prepare for a Writing Class?

"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , the process is its own reward." ~ Amelia Earhart

Prepping for courses and class assignments can be daunting for even the most experienced teacher or student. Besides the matter of preparedness, the other issue is time! How much of it are you willing to contribute so that you'll get everything you want and expect from the content? This juggling act of time spent in preparing and maintaining one's own sanity is one that many of us deal with on a daily basis.

So, what is your organizational procedure for class preparation? Do you have a failsafe M.O. (method of operation) or would you say there is a method to your madness? University websites, such as the St. Louis University of Law, often have . . .

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February 14, 2006

Industry Events - Investigating Our Reality: Bridging Interdisciplinary Gaps

Conference on Saturday in the Western PA Area: Are you Coming?

Investigating Our Reality: Bridging Interdisciplinary Gaps
2006 IUP GSA/EGO 4th Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference

February 18, 2006, 8:30 am to 6:30 pm
Hadley Union Building [HUB]
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA 15705-1094

The GSA and EGO are pleased to host this year’s plenary speaker, Dr. Marc Bousquet. His keynote address to the annual conference will be held in the Ohio Room at 1:45 pm and is entitled: "Management Theory and Academic Reality." Dr. Bousquet will speak about the following issues . . .

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February 13, 2006

The Standard Deviants: Sesame Street for College Students?

"The Stone Age was marked by man's clever use of crude tools; the information age, to date, has been marked by man's crude use of clever tools." ~ Source Unknown

I've been using the instructional videos from this production company, the Standard Deviants, for some time now. They also have a series on grammar and punctuation in a similar format but it's the one on writing for college that I generally try to incorporate somewhere in my writing courses near the beginning of the semester. The overall success of this series has . . .

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February 07, 2006

Using Strange Depictions as both a Discussion and Writing Prompt

 'Der Danzig Danse Macabre I' © 2006 Lee Hobbs
Photograph: 'Der Danzig Danse Macabre I' © 2006 Lee Hobbs

"Cast a cold eye / On life, on death. / Horseman; pass by!" ~ W. B. Yeats Under Ben Bulben

Caption: A grim church ornament gives a grisly grin over onlookers in a Danzig cathedral (2002) . . .


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February 01, 2006

Utilizing The Power of Photography in Writing-Intensive English Courses

Devil's Head Chimney Rock, North Carolina
Photograph: 'Rock Devil's Head' © 2006 Lee Hobbs

"I like being near the top of a mountain. One can't get lost here." ~ Wislawa Szymborska

Caption: A side of the Chimney Rock mountain - which resembles a face - looks gleefully over the valleys of North Carolina . . .

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