Josta

I loved Josta. I went to fb today and clicked “5 Favorite Sodas” and put in Josta as my first one. It hasn’t been available for ten years, but it is my favorite soda, still.

Found this site which tells how to make a Josta-like drink.

Loving it.

Gotta go to the store.

The Flight over New York

My husband thought this mistake on the part of our government was “no big deal.”

I watched a short video of people running and I cried. I could see how scared they were.

Bound by Grace has a quote from someone who was there. It shows it was a big deal to the people who were there.

I thought I was going to die today. I don’t mean maybe, and I don’t mean for just a second. I mean the entire way from the 50th floor down. When I started down from 50, I thought to myself, please, God, just let me make it to 45. When I got to 45, I thought if I can just get to 40 before it hits I have a chance. I did this over and over again until I got to the 1st floor.

The blog has more. It’s very riveting.

Kindle

I am receiving a Kindle for Mother’s Day. The boys each gave me a book on the Kindle, one of which I have already read and taken notes on.

That was very cool, since they only ordered the books yesterday. I don’t have to wait for delivery or pay for expedited delivery.

I just ordered my first Kindle sci fi book. Not sure I’m going to like the kindle as much as I thought. What will I use to fill up my bookshelves? Oh yeah. They’re already full.

Update: That didn’t work very well. They said the credit card didn’t work. Since I didn’t put the credit card in, and it’s not full, that’s an issue I can’t fix. So I guess I’ll head to the bookstore and buy a paper copy of the book after all. … Waiting for R to tell me which account to use would mean it would take longer than the bookstore run.

All Grades Done

For four classes, which started at 80 students and ended way less than that, I got

11 As

21 Bs

3 Cs

7 Ds

5 Fs

If Bs were my most common grade, does that mean I was too easy. I don’t think so. Those 33 students I lost would probably have heavily weighted the other end.

Quote Journal

Quotes from Walker Percy:

“You can get all A’s and still flunk life.”

“A good novel is possible only after one has given up and let go.”

“We love those who know the worst of us
and don’t turn their faces away.”

“The only road is the Little Way . . .
the only way to do great things
is to choose to treat of little things well”

“We live in a deranged age . . .
because in spite of great scientific and technological advances,
man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing.”

“Life is a mystery, love is a delight.
Therefore I take it as axiomatic that one should settle for
nothing less than the infinite mystery and the infinite delight.”

“Why is it that one can look at a lion or a planet or an owl
or at someone’s finger as long as one pleases,
but looking into the eyes of another person is,
if prolonged past a second, a perilous affair?”

Skills list

I read and write English well.

I have a large and varied vocabulary.

I know grammar.

I am not tied to grammar.

I have taught everyone from tiny babies to grandmothers.

I have learned who I teach best, young adults to adults.

I talk well.

I am not afraid of talking.

I enjoy public speaking.

I am good at the process of writing.

I am good at editing.

I enjoy reading.

I am good at reading.

I enjoy showing other people how to do a thing.

I enjoy watching other people’s progress.

I enjoy sharing what I know.

I can usually come up with a different way to express something.

I have read literally hundreds of thousands of books.

I have written three books (my thesis, my dissertation, and the first Dielli novel).

I have gone to school all over the country and had many different teachers with many different styles.

I have had classes in how to be a good teacher. (Not terribly useful.)

I have had classes with great teachers.

I know what it means to be discouraged by a course.

I know what it means to be given a grade you didn’t deserve.

I know what it means to be trusted to do work that is beyond your capacity.

I know what it means to receive a reward that is equivalent to the work you did.

I know that not everything can/will be perfect.

I know that rewriting improves work.

I know how to research.

I know how to take notes.

I know how to gather ideas from disparate places.

I know how to create proposals that people want to read.

I know how to write papers that are interesting.

I know how to write essays.

I know how to write letters.

I know how to write resumes and CVs.

I learn how to write new things or practice writing regularly.

I am good at answering questions.

I enjoy seeing people “get it.”

I have lots of ideas.

I enjoy the process of writing and preparing to teach. (Though I am not as fond of grading.)

Those are some of the skills in my two main areas.

Quote journal

“The most important thing is not what the author or artist had in mind to begin with but at what point he decided to stop.” –D. W. Harding

A question

Is writing my art? Or is teaching?

I think of writing as my art and teaching as my craft. But really, teaching is an art. It’s what I remember first as a creative action, teaching my family a new song.

Perhaps I need to look at those two and think about them more together.

How about this as the first sentence of Dielli’s story?
A nightmare saved her world.

Two ideas on reading

Tharp suggests reading backward through a writer’s works. It lets you see how things have changed from a different perspective.

I think this would be a good way to deal with the Sookie paper. Start at the end and go backwards. I’m looking for three different sets of things, maybe four eventually. But I could look backwards as well as I can look forwards.

I think this might be a positive idea for that work. (Due in October.)

Also, she says she “reads fat,” which is reading related texts surrounding the work. She reads what the author wrote before and after. What people the author was reading read, etc. I read this way when I am researching. I’m not sure I do it all the rest of the time.

I don’t really like the term either. Reading wide would be better for me, as if someone is hurrying down the road in a sports car, but I am in front in an eighteen wheeler taking up the whole road. It’s a little denser, a little slower, but you get more out of it… You don’t just arrive, you get there with whatever you were pulling.

The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp. Read on the Kindle.

Kinds of Memory

muscle memory

virtual memory

sensual memory (I would say sensory memory.)

institutional memory (tapping into older thoughts, through review of information)

ancient memory (what has gone before, also known as genetic memory) I think information may stay around and when we get a sense of deja vu it is because we have sensed the thing before.

Copying

The act of copying helps us learn from other people. Artists copy great artists. Chandler copied Hemingway. Proust copied John Ruskin, Balzac, and Flaubert. Benjamin Franklin copied the writers of his day.

Whose work would I most want to copy? Whose work would I most want mine to be like?

First line… Miller and Lee.
Storytelling… Miller and Lee. Charlaine Harris.

That’s something to think about.

Quote journal

“Metaphor is the lifeblood of all art, if it is not art itself.” –Twyla Tharp

As an English teacher, I especially love this. I’ve always been a word hoarder and metaphor is one of the points I love the most, after alliteration.

Going Without to the Betterment of Your Creativity

She suggests going a week without mirrors… How can you do that when you have to work? I honestly don’t use the mirror except to put on and check my makeup and some people might say I need to use it more often.

Clocks. Again. How do you work without clocks? Now, it is true that in June I won’t need clock time, but I’m not a real slave to the clock anyway. So… I guess I could do it in June.

Newspapers. Yep. I can do that. I do that regularly. I think for me it would be the blogs, but even that I have done without for a week or so at a time.

Speaking. That would be interesting. And hard. I am not sure I could actually do that, unless I took a sabbatical somewhere. How could I not talk to my family? It’s an interesting idea, though. Maybe a day a week for a month. It’s something to think about.

She suggests later giving up the telephone. No problem. The television. Okay. The coffee shop. All right, not an issue at all. The computer. Wait! That’s going overboard. And it might not help me with my creativity since I use the computer.

The Creative Habit. Notes on a book by Twyla Tharp

Take inventory of your skills

I read and write English well.

I have a large and varied vocabulary.

I know grammar.

I am not tied to grammar.

I have taught everyone from tiny babies to grandmothers.

I have learned who I teach best, young adults to adults.

I talk well.

I am not afraid of talking.

I enjoy public speaking.

I am good at the process of writing.

I am good at editing.

I enjoy reading.

I am good at reading.

I enjoy showing other people how to do a thing.

I enjoy watching other people’s progress.

I enjoy sharing what I know.

I can usually come up with a different way to express something.

I have read literally hundreds of thousands of books.

I have written three books (my thesis, my dissertation, and the first Dielli novel).

I have gone to school all over the country and had many different teachers with many different styles.

I have had classes in how to be a good teacher. (Not terribly useful.)

I have had classes with great teachers.

I know what it means to be discouraged by a course.

I know what it means to be given a grade you didn’t deserve.

I know what it means to be trusted to do work that is beyond your capacity.

I know what it means to receive a reward that is equivalent to the work you did.

I know that not everything can/will be perfect.

I know that rewriting improves work.

I know how to research.

I know how to take notes.

I know how to gather ideas from disparate places.

I know how to create proposals that people want to read.

I know how to write papers that are interesting.

I know how to write essays.

I know how to write letters.

I know how to write resumes and CVs.

I learn how to write new things or practice writing regularly.

I am good at answering questions.

I enjoy seeing people “get it.”

Quote journal

“When Marcel Proust dipped his petite madeleines into his tea, the taste and aroma set off a flood of memories and emotions from which modern literature has still not recovered.” –Twyla Tharp