Today? Gonna be long. School until 2:30. Meeting at district office from 3-5. Open House at school from 6-8. Coupled with last night's intervention night, I'm going to be a zombie tomorrow at school. The intervention night was a success though. Whenever we do those as a department I am reminded that the people I work with are pretty awesome.
Six Feet from the Sun by Ryan Rickrode
So this morning I found this essay on the website for The Common which is a really impressive new online magazine. It's written by Ryan Rickrode who I know nothing about but writes well. This essay is about he and his dad and how they used to spend lots of time together with carpentry. His dad is a carpenter and he would help out periodically. The essay delves into their relationship a bit but really serves as a nice ode to his father. As I read it I pictured his dad reading it and beaming.
Essay: 9 of 10
I love an author whose writing seems effortless. Some writers write in a way where the reader thinks, "I could totally do that," when in reality the prose is painstakingly put together. Rickrode does that. It's excellent. I think I liked it so much because it made me think of my dad. Briefly, my mom died years ago and he is now married to a woman who is crazy. (I could write 100,000 words on her mental well-being, or lack thereof, but I'll just stick with crazy.) Anyway, I don't see my dad much because of her. Because I don't like her, he says that spending time with me or my daughter feels like cheating on his wife so he can only see us four times a year. Seriously. This is my relationship with my father. The same man who I asked to be my best man in my wedding a few years ago. A man I once thought to be the kindest man alive. Four times a year now. But I digress... This essay is good. I'll be thinking about it (and my dad) all day.
Teachability: 8 of 10
I could have students analyze the language and narrative voice in this essay. I think most students would enjoy it fairly well although some might not. I'd imagine that this would spawn some excellent writing about families though. Parental relationships and that type of thing.