A Writer’s Words

Well written expressions of one’s impressions.

It’s a wide-open world. Perceptions are relentless. An unordered onslaught. Stimulating one’s imagination, provoking thought, poking old memories. What to we do with all of these images, sounds, thoughts and feelings?

Hold onto them, store them up. Let them settle. Let them rearrange themselves. Goodness! What a system!

Let’s digest and process some of this vast storehouse of accumulated data. Lets turn trivia into treasure!

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Welcome to my site!

Be amazed
by my wrinkled wit,
my addled audacity,
not to mention
my sanguine sagacity!

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PRE-WRITING … a cube model.

Describe your topic: My topic is about the many and varied ways that fish can swim in a fishbowl.

Compare: The ways that fish swim in a bowl is not dissimilar to the ways that horses trot around their exercise yards. They both involve the expending of energy in flowing patterns. Contrast that with bricks falling from a rooftop, where there is no real fluency and “aliveness.”

Associate: Fish swimming around in a fishbowl makes me think of autumn leaves swirling around a tree-filled yard on a windy September day. The motion by each fish (or leaf) is seemingly random. But at the same time, when viewing many fish in a bowl (or many leaves in the yard) from the outside, one sees a general pattern in the overall motion.

Analyze: There are several ways to look at the motion of fish swimming in a bowl. First, there is the viewpoint of each fish; then, there is the viewpoint of the other elements—the bowl, the water—finally, there is the viewpoint of any observer outside of the bowl.

Apply: When we consider the motion of fish swimming in a bowl and give it context, we find that we can gain empathy for fish, and we might learn to really appreciate their efforts.

Argue: Some people may think that the action of fish swimming in a bowl is trivial and that it would be a waste of time to closely observe this activity. But I find that when I watch fish swimming in a bowl, it brings forward thoughts of the deeper meaning of life. I draw comfort and inspiration when watching fish swim in a bowl.

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WEEK 4 – Tackling Your Assignment

write a message to each of the following people to ask for the money to buy books for a class you’re taking. It’s not a large amount of money, but you really need to borrow it so you can do your classwork.

 

  • Your parents or a close older relative

 

Hey Bill, 

 

You know I’m taking a class in socio-economics at Hometown State. There is a $110 dollar textbook that I need to purchase. I’m short on cash right now. Can you lend me the money for it? I should be able to pay you back over the next 3 months. Please let me know.

Love, Mike

 

  • Your brother, sister, or best friend

 

Hey Bill,

You know I’m taking a class in socio-economics at Hometown State. There is a $110 dollar textbook that I need to purchase. I’m short on cash right now. Do you think you can lend me the money for it? I should be able to pay you back over the next 3 months. Please let me know.

Best, Mike

 

  • The school’s financial aid department.

 

Dear Sirs, 

I am enrolling in SE101, a socio-economics class this fall: There is a required textbook that students must own: “Principles of Socio-Economics, Uncharted Territory.” The book has a cost of $110 in the bookstore. Right now, that amount exceeds what I am able to spend this month. I would like assistance from your office to make this purchase. I will be happy to sign documents to promise repayment of a loan. Any assistance you can offer will be greatly appreciated. I will make an appointment with your office to appear tomorrow and make the arrangement. Thank you in advance.

 

Sincerely, Michael Bloom

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First day on course

Wow! I didn’t know that I would be resurrecting this old blog today.

On my first day of beginning this Academic and Business Writing course on edx.org, it is suggested that students might want to create a blog related to the course. So I am pulling this old wordpress.com site out of the closet. The home page contains blog posts I wrote some years back; they are just “uncategorized” ramblings. I will leave them there for now. I created a new page for the course-related posts: “EDX WRITING COURSE.”

Ta da!

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Let’s Play a Game

Let’s think of life as a game. You can win, you can lose… How can it be like that? Take the viewpoint that you are outside of the game. You are the creator of the game… how easy is it to play against yourself in a game of chess or checkers? You always know just what your opponent (you/me) is going to do next. It’s not really much fun. What you have to do… to make a game out of life… is to go from knowing everything to knowing only one half of everything. Somehow, make yourself forget or “not know” the other half of everything.

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Fancy meeting you here!

How nice to see you! I didn’t know you were coming by. How was your trip? It’s been warm here. I think you’ll find it cozy. The colors in the room seem brighter! Did you notice? I have to leave for a moment but I’ll be back soon. Come on in — make yourself comfortable. It’s all about friendship!

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Another day, another Post!

What was special about this day? Well…

Creativity. Anything done on the creative front today?

Let’s see…Gym this morning… no…

Work… nothing special…

Lunch…! Yes… made some good-tasting chicken!

Looks like I am going to have to work on my Creativity.

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Standing in the Shadows of Love

What a concept! Poetic! A great name for a song (Four Tops 1966, written by Holland–Dozier–Holland).

I opened up this blog template on my computer. It asks for a title as the first element of a new page. Bam! That thought comes to mind. How does that happen?

It’s late at night and I’m sitting in front of my keyboard while my better half sleeps nearby. But for the light of my monitor screen and a single lamp, it’s dark. Light and shadows — my girlfriend nearby. Okay, fitting.

However, a more accurate description would have been “Sitting in the Shadows of Love.” Alas, that’s not how they named the song.

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