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I teach high school English in Ohio, and I climb rocks in Kentucky. I write poems and ride my bike along the river and through city parks.

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TheGreatAbider16  ·  826 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Books - Where Are They?

I will take a book! I still have Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" sitting on my shelf, and I finished it ages ago. Does anybody have interest in receiving it next?

TheGreatAbider16  ·  1000 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Today's Writing Prompt: This Is What It's Like

Oh gosh, thanks so much! That is very kind of you to say. I grinned at a few of your lines as well, especially this one, which resonated with me:

    but instead buy a carton of juice for the boyfriend

    not wanting to be doctrinaire

    about anything, even orange juice.

I have indeed published poems in Maudlin House, Rat's Ass Review, Poetry Pacific, and The Scarlet Leaf Review. I haven't been submitting much lately and have hit a bit of a dry spell in my writing, but I plan to get back into the swing of things soon! I'd love to appear in lit.cat -- it's such a fun publication with mixed media, which I appreciate.

TheGreatAbider16  ·  1002 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Today's Writing Prompt: This Is What It's Like

Oh thank you, I will! Your suggestion is welcome; I am teaching a big poetry/writing workshop unit in a couple of months and am just beginning to compile and organize texts!

TheGreatAbider16  ·  1002 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Today's Writing Prompt: This Is What It's Like

Phew, I'm crawling back out of the woodwork for this killer prompt. Maybe it's because I've felt disconnected from my local writing community recently and have been doing a lot of rock climbing, but I couldn't help myself.

  This is what it's like to climb into the storm:

  Tilt against the rock, a crucifix 

shod in rubber. Ignore the thunder—

uncertainty is why you came. Open

your mouth when you breathe.

  The rhododendron and pine will be

gone tomorrow; taste them

on the rain today. At the top,

hook the metal back

  to your waist. Leave the wall clean. 

Leave your hands raw. Leave your feet

bare when they return to Earth. The sand

is soft in Muir Valley, and the snakes

  don’t bother with cloudy weather. 

This is what it's like to toss fear,

wet, across the ground where it will

run in rivulets with mud and melting

  clay. Spill it from chest and gut. 

Trade it for laughter. Grin with

bright teeth that know what it's like

to fight gravity.

TheGreatAbider16  ·  1121 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: My Life Among the Pidgeons

Man, these Ohio threads sure do bum me out! I was born and raised in Ohio, and I still live here. I'm curious about how much time you guys have spent in Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus. I live in Columbus, and the culinary and craft beer scene here are incredible, especially in the last five years. Our neighborhoods are havens for art-- the Short North Gallery Hop scene boasts all kinds of gorgeous work and good food on the fancier end, but neighborhoods like Franklinton and Old North are home to some of the most vibrant artistic and literary communities you could ask for.

I've spent time in Dresden, Berlin, Amsterdam, Seattle, Portland, and NYC, and I don't feel like I miss a ton by living in Ohio. I wish we had better mass public transit, and I wish Ohio had more wilderness and mountains to explore. That being said, living in Ohio puts you within a day's drive of a dozen wonderful outdoor spaces beyond fields and Hocking Hills.

Anyway, I felt the need to say something positive about Ohio. I couldn't stand to live in its rural areas, or probably even in Dayton or Toledo, but the three C cities are vibrant and exciting places to be, despite the bad reputation they get.

TheGreatAbider16  ·  1304 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Wer hier lernt Deutsch?

Ich studierte Deutsch als NebenHauptfach an der uni. Ich bin nach Dresden gereisen um Sommer Kursen zu machen, and ich habe viel gelernt. Wenn du reisen zu lernen kannst, so sollst du! Es gibt niemand, der besser lehren kann, als die Zeit, die man in Deutschland verbringt.

Ich wünsche, dass ich dir einen besser Rat geben könnte. Leider, mache ich fast nichts Deutsch zu üben. Mein Fähigkeit wird immer schlechter. Ich bin einen English lehrer, und ich habe drei Studentin, die Deutsch studieren. Sie sind sehr talentiert, und wir reden uns oft auf Deutsch. Aber sie haben noch so viel zu lernen. Ich habe noch keine Gelegenheit schwerige Unterhaltungen zu haben.

TheGreatAbider16  ·  1304 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Wer hier lernt Deutsch?


TheGreatAbider16  ·  1310 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Distribution of Users’ Computer Skills: Worse Than You Think

This does not surprise me much, unfortunately. What does surprise me in my day-to-day life is the incompetence of youth who have grown up with nearly unfettered access to high speed internet and a variety of devices. I teach suburban high schoolers from upper-middle class families, and my students are astoundingly tech illiterate. They do not understand, conceptually, the difference between cloud storage and local storage. They are unable to download a file and then locate it later because they have absolutely no grasp of files or folders or where/how to access/sort information on the machine. Hell, they don't even know how to navigate menus to change display settings, sort information differently, or save a Google Doc as PDF. These kids are freshmen and juniors in high school-- they are 14-16 years old, and if I let them, they would spend the entire school day staring at their phones, laptops, and iPads.


I had assumed, previously, that being raised on tech would result in a high baseline literacy with the software, but I was wrong. They use their devices all day, but it seems like they use them for such specific, shallow, narrow tasks that they don't pick up any skills beyond how to navigate Instagram and pick up the latest online Jugendsprache. I spend a depressing amount of instructional time either walking them through basic steps to upload an assignment or doing it for them.

TheGreatAbider16  ·  1489 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Books - Where Are They?

I finished my book, Foundation. I enjoyed it, but not quite as much as I had hoped. I have trouble getting into sci-fi for some reason, with the exception of Kurt Vonnegut, who does it a little differently anyway. I am almost certain I sent mine on. It sounds like maybe galen has it? If not, it's in my box of books, because I still lack a book case!

EDIT: Yep, just checked my old messages. Galen received it a while back. But I just remembered I got a second book too. Sorry, I guess it's been a while. The second one was American Gods, right? I read that one as well, and it's definitely sitting in my box of books.

TheGreatAbider16  ·  1616 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Psych/Folk band I'm in did this NPR Tiny Desk Submission video

This was such a fantastically fun song, and I enjoyed the quiet, intense focus of each of you. What's your group's name?