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@BlairStock Ahhh...neat idea if you could go narrative with it. Even fictionalize using some powerful images. I am doing something similar with "Flat Stanley". My nieces love sending him to our family. He ends up getting arrested, going to the dump, the principal's office, professional development meetings, out to a bar where he hits on the girl at the door...
3 months ago on How to Apply for the Amtrak Residency for Writers
How would you incorporate writing would be my first question.
@Goodsoutherngirl101 I had the same question about Huggy, my pet boa constrictor. He is my inspiration as a writer, especially in my apartment house where the neighbors tend to be a little noisy and thoughtless. I told Amtrak that Huggy has only gotten out of his cage three times, but always returns after a few days and is pretty calm for a couple weeks. We should travel together sometime with our pets. Huggy likes other animals...especially small well behaved ones. He is out and about somewhere right now (his 3rd escape...I'll have to do something about that cage lid!) It has gotten awfully quiet in the apartment house these days.
3 months, 1 week ago on How to Apply for the Amtrak Residency for Writers
@tswgk @DMaxMJ Widely reviled because she counters their data=children (but only when we get to pick the children and the data) crap. New Republic??? Are you SERIOUS??? Why not just call in a medium to channel Ayn Rand for truth?
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.governing.com/gov-institute/funkhouser/col-diane-ravitch-rebellion-common-core-state-standards-education.html
@bdegarmo53 I got a "Thanks for your interest but...." email to my "spam" or "promotion folder. It also said "But hey!!! You can use this special promo code to take a discount ride!"
5 months, 3 weeks ago on How to Apply for the Amtrak Residency for Writers
@maeganbeaumont Got a very nice "We had so many entries and it was difficult to choose" rejection, that came with an offer to ride at a discount with a special code provided. 3 weeks-ish, almost a month ago, I think. It's a neat idea, boy I could use a writing-vacation (in solitude), but I'm about to get a few days as my wife and daughters go to fetch some nephews out of state. I see a well stocked fridge, a couple bottles of wine and some writing time.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on How to Apply for the Amtrak Residency for Writers
@ScottMohnkern I have won. At first, people assumed Veruca would win, but after I flushed her down the vacuum bowl commode on the Amtrak (which everyone had thought was mostly inactive until recently) I was the soft-spoken but pure hearted shoe-in. Let the rides begin. Just don't push the red button.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on How to Apply for the Amtrak Residency for Writers
@fantastyfreak @DenisePikolycky @PeggyDover @DMaxMJ @SusanTuttle1 @RickPawlenty @ Gwen @condawgdeuce My 15 yr old daughter is always talking about "steampunk" stuff. I'm only beginning to get it. She is warped as well, and quite a young writer herself.
10 months ago on How to Apply for the Amtrak Residency for Writers
@SusanTuttle1 @PeggyDover @RickPawlenty @DenisePikolycky @ Gwen @condawgdeuce The plan, I believe is to have these writers participate spread out over time-not have one writing train. This slow trickle will not only allow writers to associate, observe, and get inspired by "the normals", but also give Amtrak the best chance to execute their true plan: quietly make writers disappear on their "slave train", forced into never-ending servitude churning out smarmy train-travel promotional brochures for enough food and water to survive, and all the sunlight they can get through those writer-cell windows.
@DenisePikolycky @DMaxMJ Maybe you will! I share willingly, which is my fatal flaw. My psych 15 yr old daughter is nearly as twisted as me and we share ideas all the time.
@DenisePikolycky Love Arlo!
Not sure Amtrak is looking to get into the movie making business, but if you write well enough-maybe some cutesy pretentious train-travel promotional stuff. A train ride and the chance to write is all, I think, and I doubt you will be roughed up and robbed of the writing you do on the train.....or WILL YOU (insert suspenseful DUHN DUhn duhn orchestration...lights fade)...Oh yeah, I'm feelin it.
10 months, 1 week ago on How to Apply for the Amtrak Residency for Writers
Is it possible to just submit sample within the text of answers to questions?
10 months, 3 weeks ago on How to Apply for the Amtrak Residency for Writers
@Clyde Evans Not sure that Ravitch intends to make policy, but only to lend a more knowledgeable and informed point of view to the process than those looking for profit.
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://www.governing.com/gov-institute/funkhouser/col-diane-ravitch-rebellion-common-core-state-standards-education.html
@Viv3 @DMaxMJ Thanks. I'm a huge fan of Ravitch's, and have been a reform watcher since Nation at Risk. I know what those weasels are up to. I was more challenging Ed's "loose with the facts" stuff.
1 year, 1 month ago on Conversation @ http://www.governing.com/gov-institute/funkhouser/col-diane-ravitch-rebellion-common-core-state-standards-education.html
Hey Ed...You seem to be "in the know". Diane's claim that international tests do not accurately reflect the work done in American public schools (because children of the wealthy perform very well-but in America we push ALL as far as we can potentially skewing overall results; other countries may ONLY test those with most potential to score highly; other cultures may have higher priorities than self-interest/capitalism/consumption and debauchery...leading to education being a greater policy value as opposed to the "global market" and weakened citizenry/labor...) anyway, clearly Diane has a burden to prove her claims. I wonder if there have been any interviews or writings where she has explained/substantiated her point of view. Rhee and company do a great job of being very specific ("poverty is an excuse", "great" and "highly qualified" teachers in every classroom are awesome examples of reform truth...especially when you see the factual basis they provide)
I think a reverse metric for believability is in effect. Ravitch, with decades in education research and policy, then down to me, with only a couple decades (15 years teaching in an actual public school setting with a population 50+% free-reduced lunch), then Rhee +policy makers, ed commissioners...most of whom have a couple years, if any, doing the real work.
Where do you go for truth? To the money, or to the knowledge?
I think when you have truth on your side, and when the actual powerful and privileged parasites trying to squeeze even more out of the host are so drawing dead on lies people can believe...Well, the silliness of competition with China and India, the empty promise of "jobs of tomorrow" , the turning children of the poor into standardized and suppressed lab rats (ignoring and even undermining developmental/social/economic inequity truths...) Well, it's no surprise Diane has found support, an audience, success. She is needed and she deserves it.
The kind of thing that would upset Jose Wales, I think. Red Legs and snake oil sellin carpet-baggers. I'd be thankful it was Diane, if I was one of "them".