• Ed commented on the post, function 7 years, 6 months ago

    In my grammar class, we talk a lot about form and function. Similarly, we have to work hard every day defining who we are and how we work in the context of our lives.

  • Ed commented on the post, return 7 years, 8 months ago

    I went away and now I return. I have grown. I used to collect coke bottles and return them for a nickel apiece.

  • Ed commented on the post, centerpiece 7 years, 8 months ago

    The holiday gathering was festive. The family was all home, all together. Like so many family dinners when the children were growing up, it was loud, raucous, and full of love.

  • Ed commented on the post, obey 7 years, 8 months ago

    I get tired of those who say that if you know the rules of grammar, you can break them. Most people need to learn the rules first so that they can obey them.

  • Ed commented on the post, stable 7 years, 8 months ago

    I have my routine every morning; it makes me comfortable. This routine provides a certain stability to my day. I can live without the stability that this routine affords.

  • Ed commented on the post, slouch 7 years, 8 months ago

    Stand up straight! I was tall and felt uncomfortable. Slouching allowed me to blend, slouching was comfortable because without it I felt awkward and exposed.

  • Ed commented on the post, anywhere 7 years, 8 months ago

    I don’t dream of anywhere because I’m happy in my somewhere. I don’t dream of anywhere because nowhere is still a place of possibility.

  • Ed commented on the post, skyline 7 years, 8 months ago

    I am a city boy, born and bred, although the skyline in the west is different than that of eastern cities. The west is postsuburban, without the hubs and tall buildings so prevalent in the major midwestern and eastern cities; instead, the skyline is roofs of houses, power lines, and mountains.

  • Ed commented on the post, rules 7 years, 9 months ago

    Rules structure the games we play and the work that we do. But rules always have gaps, for good or for ill. I read somewhere that the most creative thinking always occurs within the framework of the rules that limit our thinking.

  • Ed commented on the post, flare 7 years, 9 months ago

    She had a flair for the dramatic, a sense of timing that made her message more powerful. While all others around her expressed panic and uncertainty, the world slowed down, and the words grew larger, the meanings clear.

  • Ed commented on the post, shuffle 7 years, 9 months ago

    I grew up in a house that played cards. shuffle. Much of our social world revolved around pinochle, shanghai, cribbage. shuffle. You develop a sense of winning or losing, and also learned there was no room for compassion at the card table. shuffle.

  • Ed commented on the post, solitaire 7 years, 9 months ago

    I play. I play. It is a guilty pleasure. It is a break from work. Not that I’m obsessive, but the games are a break and let my mind turn away from a task at hand. At least, that’s what I tell myself.

  • Ed commented on the post, left 7 years, 9 months ago

    I’m really stuck on this word: left-handed, left-behind, left-overs, left-turn. I should have wrote yesterday, but instead left it for today.

  • Ed commented on the post, abstract 7 years, 9 months ago

    Much of my thinking tends to the abstract, but the difficulty arises in making that thinking concrete. It’s not quite like a theory/practice split, but if we can’t apply something, then, for me, it loses most of its value, purpose, and impact.

  • Ed commented on the post, icicle 7 years, 9 months ago

    I remember the wonder at my boys’ first icicle. We had just moved from Southern California to West Lafayette, Indiana and a freak snow storm in October introduced them to mittens and snow hats and boots and chattering teeth.

  • Ed commented on the post, beginning 7 years, 9 months ago

    The most exciting time is the beginning. Anticipation makes all things brighter, all work more captivating, all dreams more vivid. My life is beginning today and will be beginning again tomorrow.

  • Ed commented on the post, positively 7 years, 9 months ago

    I want to go through life with a smile on my face. I believe that my work has value, and I wake up excited to face the day every day. The future shines, and I have hope that we all we create a more equal and loving world.

  • Ed commented on the post, prints 7 years, 9 months ago

    The art collector looked closely at copy, dreaming of the original, but feeling only the simulacra. He reached out, slowly, to touch the frame, the fake cherrywood.

  • Ed commented on the post, patent 7 years, 9 months ago

    Friends of mine have a patent-pending. They expect to change the face of education. I hope that they do.

  • Ed commented on the post, alarmist 7 years, 9 months ago

    While some may believe Chicken Little caused undue consternation, she at least got the people working together, the people moving forward. But this does not discount the need for a cool head and in-depth analysis.