Saturday, April 01, 2017

This happened

Donald Trump is president. (I remember how it works. I was in 9th grade when Nixon resigned.)
Chlorinated Dump Map is an anagram.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

2017? Really?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Just a Reminder

"Chlorinated Dump Map" is an anagram for "Impeach Donald Trump."

Joe Hutchinson workshop a week ago in Loveland, CO

Joe says there are only four kinds of sentences available to us to use when we write poetry. Care to guess what the four types are? I'll give you two hints: one is statements; two is questions; three is _________; and four is ________.

However, in another workshop in Nebraska maybe seven or eight years ago, Carl Phillips broke poetry sentence use down into three more general types: long; short; and fragments. Oh, he had a fourth type, too, the medium-length sentence.

I think if we combine this with the statements Joe made that we get nine (or thirteen) types of sentences: long statements; short statements; long questions; short questions; long________; short__________; long________; short__________; and fragments.

Ok. Well, get writing. Start constructing those fragments and questions and __________s. Throw them together into a poem.

Look for the Jack Martin Poetry Competition-- coming eventually.

But not yet.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

This happened

My daughter who is in 3rd grade loves to play at being hurt. She loves band-aids, ace bandages, gauze, slings, splints, et cetera. Last week, on a Sunday afternoon at the trampoline park, she hurt her ankle, couldn't walk on it. It was real. She was both terrified and happy. I took her to urgent care to get an x-ray: sprained. They gave her a splint, which she enjoyed. But she still couldn't walk well, and it was a week at her mom's house. So after the x-ray, I dropped her off at her mom's. Apparently, she had a hard time getting around school. Early Monday evening, after school, she called me. She was a little breathless with excitement: "Daddy. Mommy is going to buy me crutches, and Daddy, it is not just because I want them. It is because I need them." Now, her ankle feels better, but she still uses her crutches to get around the kitchen sometimes.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Ok. Well, maybe a googlewhack is not that hard: photoshoptutorialsxperspicaciousxtribecaxmrsa

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

What the hell is a googlewhack?

I thought I'd found a googlewhack: I put the word inflated in front of the word blackberries, and I put quotation marks around them, and I found only one hit, something on ebay. Then, I looked up googlewhack and one of the rules is that you can't use quotation marks in your query. Damn.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

This happened/is happening

Some of the kids at the Jefferson County high school where I work and at 8 or 10 of the other 13 high schools in the school district got wind of a proposal by the new conservative board of education to review and perhaps change the AP US History curriculum in our district. These students decided to walkout of school as protest. There have been stories all over the news.

The president of the board has suggested that the reason the students are walking out is because the teachers are manipulating the students to get them to do so. That is an insulting statement. Hell, honestly, it's a struggle to get most of the kids to turn in their homework on time. However, in addition to disliking homework, students want to be told the truth. They want to be told the truth so much that in addition to walking out, the students assigned themselves homework; the students made protest signs on their own time at home and brought them to school. Every single teacher I know wants the kids in class, but these teachers also support the students for standing up for what they believe.

The school board has also angered teachers in the district by implementing a pay for performance policy based on an evaluation system that a third party fact finder declared inadequate. The board ignored the the third party fact finder's findings. The board has refused to negotiate with the teachers' union. The board is misinforming the public when they say teachers don't want a pay for performance system. The truth is that teachers don't want a pay for performance system based on evaluations that aren't done in an equitable fashion. In saying that the teachers in our district are angry about a performance pay policy, the board is side-stepping the real issue. 

The real issue is that they're trying to break the union:

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