Sunday, July 18, 2004
uh-oh... looks like dom's
is gonna be late...
just saw neil labute's The
Shape of Things
... definitely don't want to live in his
new rock-type music reviews...
hard to say that the big country of rubinstein's
chopin is not music for all moods... but it makes the mood...
or coincides... confirms... slides along next to... whatever's
happening in here...
sunday... cool enough to open the windows
reading (still...) erdrich's The Last Report
of the Miracles at Little No Horse... taken up (again) on
a gentle reminder from suzanne... the other day when i whined
about loving no book lately... and it's been working... i'm loving
this book and wishing i might use it in a class sometime... but
here's the thing... this sentence from very early on... And
Chopin, played simply, devastates the heart. is true isn't
it... and reminds me of something angela carter wrote in Nights
at the Circus... but about schubert's songs... which of course
i can't find now... but it made me go to schubert for the first
time... and love it because from time to time those songs too
will devastate the heart...
Saturday, July 17, 2004
advice, more response, support, encouragement and recognition.
...yes yes yes... i'm thinking how good it feels when somebody
takes yr stuff seriously... like chris murray on my flowers lately
(& suzanne always)... not only praising... but giving some kind
of honest response... as if what had been done mattered on some
scale... generated a feeling or a thought... doesn't it just goose
you up with all kinds of surprising energies... i need to remember
this when the classroom is full and i've put on the teacher cap...
as if that only meant criticizing and judging and ranking... wherein
many always find themselves in the lower parts... how might one
study to change these old habits... to become more inciteful...
set aside those other grim games
was up to about 12:30 last night... and
he never came... i suspect i got the dates wrong... maybe tonight...
o well... that late hour let me sleep in a bit this morning without
walking... i said o i'll walk later today... so i suppose it could
still happen... but later hasn't yet arrived...
just reserved a room in jeffersonville
in... for lodging after the land use panel discussion on 7.22...
i guess that ties me into going... did a mapquest on distances
& times... it's about 4 hours from here to mom's... and about
6 hours from mom's to j-ville because it's two sides of the triangle...
it's the exact same time from here to j-ville... down the hypotenuse...
but... it's always good to see mom & meg...
Friday, July 16, 2004
i'm up late waiting for a visitor to
arrive... i've got my window open to hear his arrival... he will
be driving a large car thingy... one of those suvs... and he will
be accompanied by a large german shepherd... where can he be...
and does he know how to enter this castle without my aid... and
what if i fall asleep...
passed some time watching Mystic River... which i liked
but felt uneasy about something near the end... this afternoon
i watched The Barbarian Invasions and liked it very much...
but made the mistake of watching the dvd's special feature...
a ridiculous "let's get the cast together to talk about it
all" piece... the director was smart to avoid it...
noteworthy change... a few days ago the
grounds crew removed a chainlink fence from the side of our house...
this fence has been the bane of my gardening existence... forcing
me to add many steps to my business around the place... but now
it is gone... to be replaced by... who knows what... but i am
pleased for now... ding dong the fence is down...
pardon me... i need to figure this...
some more numbers... scores for the big ap lit test arrived today...
a 5 is the highest possible score... a 3 is generally considered
"passing"... but that issue is complex...
- 77 took the test... 70 of them were from my class...
- five students received a 5...
twenty-two students received a 4...
students received a 3...
- eleven received a
- none received a 0...
some students who took ap lit during senior year
had taken ap language during their junior year... these are two
quite different classes... the lit test includes poetry and a
different slant on analysis... five of these students improved
their score from junior year... eleven declined... seventeen remained
the same... these outcomes are certainly due to many factors...
some in my control... some not...
of my students who did not take the ap lit test this year had
scored a 4 or 5 on the ap lang test last year...
twelve of my students who did not take the ap lang
test last year scored a 4 or 5 on the ap lit test this year...
for the past few years i've had
a struggle with some students who don't want to take the ap test...
for any number of reasons... so i was interested to read the following
today in a list serv message:
major universities, including the University of California, have
told us in writing that they will admit a student who takes an
AP course and scores a 1 or a 2 on the exam before a student who
takes the course but does not take the exam. And some, including
Cornell, have said that they see a low score as a suggestion that
students are willing to take on a challenge knowing it may be
a huge stretch.
the scores are only as meaningful, valuable, weighty as the individual
colleges want them to be... i need to think about this some more...
a favorite wberry poem... posted at whiskey
Thursday, July 15, 2004
so the new doc calls to say... here's
yr numbers... total cholesterol = 174... ldl (bad kind) = 106...
hdl (good kind) = 29... triglicerides = 193... he says not bad...
says that hdl is really stubborn... hard to raise but 40 would
be a better number... triglicerides are kinda high too.. under
150 would be good... but they're quite casually variable... i
admit i've got a sugar/carb jones... he says just keep trying
but don't go cold turkey... i like this guy... who stays on the
phone to explain all this in detail...
without dominic these mornings... i walk
my inner dog alone... and think about heaven.. or at least the
pleasures of peace and how they fall around my silly head
like lucky coins or white petals... i like the sun's angle this
morning... i wonder about my right knee's durability... those
swallows are way down dew-level close... good morning, mr. deerleg...
cool and dry... we greet each other with a smile and a mornin'...
The single greatest event of my life.
... please do not
read this if you are offended by negative thoughts about george
w. bush... encounters with greatness... indeed
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
Post OnlineShould we halt development
to protect the snail darter? Should we 'Wendell Berry' it and
return to a completely organic farm-based, computer-less nineteenth
century world? Should we stop using oil altogether, or not watch
any TV? How much ocean and river warming should be allowed to
cool power plants? How much air pollution should be allowable?
... is he close to becoming a verb?
in drawing room #2... no bigger than
my closet... he sticks the needle in and i'm feeling fine... hardly
a prick... i say this is a pretty nice new building... but no
windows... he says o yes there are but they're in the examining
rooms like over in ob/gyn... what do they need windows for over
there... he says
chalmers on carmelite ways...The fundamental
reason for the existence of so much poverty in the world lies
in the depths of the human heart. It is a great mistake to blame
only others for the situation because each of us bears some responsibility.
The commitment to justice and peace must go hand in hand with
the contemplative process of putting on the mind of Christ so
that our service of the poor does not become a subtle way to make
the poor serve our own needs.
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
Dylan takes a turn at wine makingOf the 415 cases produced, 125 will be exported
to the United States, with a suggested retail price of $65 per
is the kind of movie where the screen goes black
but the sound goes on while the planes come in... the kind of
movie that doesn't blink at the torn burnt and broken bodies of
soldiers and civilians... the kind of movie that traces a path
from saudi arabia to texas to afghanistan to iraq... that takes
full advantage of the president's least endearing qualities and
connections... the kind of movie that will convince the convinced
and with luck & grace shiver some other timbers... the kind of
movie that ends with neil young rockin' in the free world...
I felt like a fool. Called the woman
back. Sounded authoritarian: 'You have to come in to the ER immediately.'
I gave her no option.
Hermes - A Resident's Life
Monday, July 12, 2004
posted this morning to the wendel berry
Since today is Henry
David Thoreau's 187th
birthday, I thought to
celebrate by sharing a
small paragraph from "The
Long-Legged House" ...
which has always
seemed the most blatantly
of WB's essays:
On the last
morning of October, waking, I looked
window and saw a fisherman in a red
fishing alone in his boat tied against
bank. He sat deeply quiet and still,
as a tree by my rising and the other
went on around him. There was
in his intent waiting upon
what the day might
bring him out of the dark. In
his quietness and
patience he might have been
the incarnation of
some river god, at home among
all things, awake
while I had slept. (161)
your day, too, be lived today "at home among
July 22: Panel Discussion
- Ohio River Bridges and Land Use Planning · Time: 7:30
p.m. At: First Presbyterian Church, 222 Walnut St. Jeffersonville,
IN. Speakers: Wendell Berry, Jane Kirchner, Dale Orem, Jack Ragland,
Dr. James A. Segedy Cost: Free
hoping to be there
met the new doctor this afternoon...
another young one... lynn says she likes old doctors... but i'm
not so sure they're necessarily the best... then i treated myself
by stopping off to see spiderman 2... which is just about
as good as everyone says... pretty good... we like our superheroes
self-tormented... young enough to be learning still... still human
on writing with formal constraints... inspired by responding to...
oulipo...I've been interested
in the (mostly French) group called the Oulipo (Ouvroir de Litterature
Potentielle) ever since I discovered the writings of Italo Calvino
and (thanks to him) Raymond Queneau (both being members, the latter
one of the founding-presidents). To put it as succinctly as possible
the idea of the group is to create new forms of literature for
the possible use of other writers. It's not about creating new
literature qua literature, but about creating forms for new literature.
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