Day 181

After a hiatus, I am back and ready to write again! Prompt: "Time is a river I go fishing in." -Thoreau   The slow tick of the clock lulls me into a stupor, the clack of my keys slowing to a crawl as my head nods. Nothing spells sleepy like a Monday afternoon. I shake …

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DD 179

Prompt: Write about a conversation you’ve overheard. I keep forgetting to eavesdrop.  I keep arriving home and thinking, "I forgot!  I forgot to listen to what other people have to say to each other."  But, once,, I remembered today, in a restaurant with plates slapping against each other and music in the background and out-of-range …

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DD 176

Prompt: Write about a conversation you’ve overheard. I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me that the above prompt might create a situation in which I would feel invasive but it did.  Feel invasive, I mean.   I was in a doctor’s office--no office complexes, doctors, or patients, will be named in order to …

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DD 175

Prompt: Write about a conversation you’ve overheard. The director Peter Bogdanovitch tells an anecdote about eavesdropping:  he says that he and Alfred Hitchcock were in an elevator talking about the lunch they’d just had when the door opened and another passenger stepped in and pushed the button for a floor above the floor to which …

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DD 174

Prompt: Write about a conversation you’ve overheard. So I was in a fruit and vegetable market, crossing through the hallway that separates those two domains--a hallway lined with fruit-drink bottles in floor-to-ceiling refrigerated cases--when I came upon a young man pushing a mop back and forth, soaking up a  spill. Coming from the other direction …

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Day 167

Prompt: on storytelling.   The first rule of teaching is to know your subject, but the lesser-known, unwritten second rule is to tell stories. It seems almost counterintuitive: spend your precious in-class time on stories instead of content. However, psychology studies have shown that people are more likely to remember concepts introduced through story-telling. Which sounds …

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