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Announcing Writing 201: Finding Your Story


Tammy Hopkinson, MBA:

This is going to be an interesting thing to do!

Originally posted on The Daily Post:

I’m all for the scissors. I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.

— Truman Capote

Last month, we hosted Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit, a write-every-day course over twenty days. Writing 101 focused on building a daily habit, experimenting with different kinds of writing, and engaging with others in the Commons. A finished product — a published post — wasn’t necessarily the ultimate goal, but more the result of working and thinking through the challenges we shared each day.

As we noticed in Writing 101, all of you have stories to tell. But sometimes it’s a challenge translating our life experiences into stories. We don’t spend enough time reflecting and rewriting, especially in our digital age where social media and other technologies push us daily to react, keep up, and keep moving.

A course on rewriting and editing

Roald Dahl once said that “good writing is essentially rewriting,” and…

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Random Thought throughout the Day! Part 2


Okay this is a work in progress continued from a previous post! Please feel free to comment. Trying to get into my creative mindset!

 

The crazy woman in the cabin in the woods decided to go into town again to pick up some things that she was low on to keep her stocked throughout the upcoming winter months. In the midst of going to town she stopped at that little kitchenette shop that she loved going to for lunch. The little kitchenette in this small town had a delightful menu. She decided to go with the club sandwich, and fries with a diet coke.  As she is sitting there waiting for her food to arrive she looks around at the locals having their lunch as well. She relives the memories of the terrible things that she has done in the past few months. She tries to remember why she came to this point in her life. Why she was targeted in the city was because of the things that she saw other people in the firm do to get their way. The voices in her mind were not going away without the medication that she was supposed to take. Of course, she does not take her medication the way that she should because of the side effects it has on her.

She would rather live with the voices in her mind because that is all that she knows at this point in her life. A woman of around 40 who thought she had it all living in the city is now in a solitude of living in a cabin in a small town where she does not know anyone so to speak. She finally sees the waitress bringing her food to her and she asks the waitress for another refill on her diet coke. She gets her plate ready moving her fries to one side so that she can put some ketchup on the plate to dip the fries in, opens up her sandwich to put some mayonnaise on it and some salt and pepper for flavoring. As she sits there eating her lunch she could not help but to notice a man sitting by himself about her age, eating the same thing as she was trying not to make eye contact she studies him for awhile. although she did not say anything to him because they seemed like they were studying each other. As she was finishing up her meal, she paid for her bill, and decided to make her way back to her cabin.

On the way to the cabin as she is driving she thinks about the things that have transpired over the last couple of months. Why would she do something like this to other helpless people? She at one time was disgusted with people who did these types of things to other people. here she was doing the same things that she disgusted in other people. She locked herself up in that cabin all the time except for the few times she needs to go into town. As she arrives at the cabin she has to take the stuff into put them up. She decides to sit down and write about the events in her life going through papers from when she worked in the city, emails she had received, correspondence letters that came to her through the firm, and other information concerning the time that she had spent at the firm. She still cannot believe that they have not caught onto what those people were doing while working at the firm. How could she have worked for a company so long that did not have a clue to what their people were doing. It does not make any sense you would think that the people who run the place would see what was going on and what they did for years at a time. The murder of people who would not do the things that they were asked to do by these crazy people, filling their heads full of things that were not true, and would drive them to the brink of craziness.

Random Thoughts Throughout the Day! Part 1


This is still a work in progress. It is just random thoughts while writing. It is quite amazing how your story ends up going in different directions when you write.  Feel free to comment, and criticize all you like! The children laughed about how this story ended up where it did! Crying faceRolling on the floor laughingOpen-mouthed smile 

Living in the country is different than living in the city. Looking over the mountains you cannot see much except trees and more trees. Scenery in the city is nothing but buildings, and skies nothing much at all. In the morning you can see the sun rise and come up over the mountains, and in the nighttime you can see the sun go down covering the mountains in all its beauty. You can gradually, seeing the sunset which is a beautiful experience and one that lasts forever. Leaving the mountains behind is a hard choice because of the simple origin it has become over the years, and the atmosphere it has on you. Surprises all around you from wildlife, flowers, and fruits you may find. Invigorating smells from the flowers that can be smelled from miles away. Never will you see much beauty as you will in the mountains. In giving yourself to the special moments you will have surrounded by leaves and other things that you would come across in the woods. She knows the older folks that can tell you wonderful stories about how the scenic spots have come about in their small country town. The inner city schools that make sure that their children have a good and never ending education. It is surprising that everyone knows everyone by greeting new people with enthusiasm and welcoming them to the loving community that they live in. What a wonderful place to live out in the country where you have to drive several miles to reach shopping centers or other places like hair salons, electric company, inside yard sales or flea markets that have everything that you need to make your new home livable for your family. In generating income from your home based business it gives you the chance to learn more about the people that you live around and occasionally some that you do not want to know about but separating you from the ones that could do harm to your family.

Literally speaking about the people in this small town it is always fun to think about the different types of people so engulfed in their own little world that they cannot see the other side to anyone’s story. They seem to think that they are energetic to live their life the way that they think they should never thinking that they could be so much more than what their inner minds have to say about the situation at hand even in nurturing their children to reach their full potential by giving them the education and love that they need in this loathing world. Managing to raise their children and keep insisting that they make something of themselves without all of the services that the government has to offer. Instead they trample on every notion to keep the free things in their exciting life because that mean that they do not have to work. Never underestimate the will power of those who think inherently about the things that they do not have to do. Never mind that they have children or responsibilities in their gradually pitiful life. Just because they have everything luxurious in their meaningful life they do not want for inner peace and sustainability within their surroundings. Surely people want more out of their life than to think that their life is nothing more than pills, or other drugs. Eventually this will catch up with them and destroy the never-ending fulfillment of their despicable life on this inherent world of propaganda and trends of the newest models, superstars, and everything else getting in the way of making their life means something. She knows that in leaving their legacy behind for future generations.

Listening to people talk about their life is fun to some degree and eventually they let things out about their life that you would not adherently think about if they had not said anything. Fortunate no one thinks before they speak most of the time they just talk in case someone is listening to what they are saying. It could nevertheless backfire in their face because they could be talking to government people about their life and say something out of tune. Which would leave them scrambling to clean up the mess that they have made. Early one morning she goes to work to hear some stories from associates that do not relate to her in anyway, fashion, or form. Noticing that most of these associates talk about her when in the end she will find out about it anyway because she never suspects the person who tells her what is said about her is giving the person time enough to change her story when confronted. Learning more about the people around you that saying anything exhibits the ability to deceive others in a not so fashionable way  Apparently no one would have thought that she had it in her to act nonetheless in the way that she did comparing her life with others. In the beginning she was well known for making the most of the never ending drama and piling it up on someone else to help her grieving self through the problems that haunt her all the time. Loyalty is something that she does not know much about eventually she will lock herself up in a cabin far away in a well-known place where no one will find her and spend none of the inheritance that she received from dear old dad. In the end of the sorry life she leads she ends up with nothing but solitude of looking at walls and other garbage that has accumulated over the years of her life.

Many people believe that she tends to over exaggerate everything in her life to make up for not doing anything to begin with in her life. Looking back she seemed to be very self-conscious about intending to do something with her life. However, things went wrong somewhere along the line leaving her to wither away with selflessness in her heart. She is only worried about herself and never able to commit to things for a very long amount of time. Meaningful memories surpass through her mind never to evict herself from those memories leaving her in wonderment. Listening to the voices that fill her brain trying to make insightful decisions about what she is thinking and feeling so many thoughts going through her lifeless brain. How to separate the thoughts is one of the biggest questions to advert her attention onto something else before she goes massively insane from the thoughts racing through her mind. Everyone knew that eventually she would go crazy and live her life alone in the cabin in the woods by herself. Instead of making her life what she wanted she listened to stupid people and thought that they were cool to hang around sadly she found out the truth about her so called friends and knew that she had made some bad choices about her mistaken friends. Later on in the year she runs into an ex-boyfriend that say all the right things and leads the loving woman down the wrong road again without warning insisting to put all of her belongings in his name as beneficiary. However, after a few months she decides to not put the items supposedly in his name because he has become a figment assertion of her imagination which does not exist.

Before she has ran into her ex-boyfriend from years ago, and in reporting the interesting news from the past experiences she yearns for something substantial in her life as she lives in the so called cabin in the woods. Throughout the years everyone occasionally ran into her in town as she was shopping for items needed to survive in her cabin in the smoky mountains like bread, rice, beans, potatoes, and other necessities she needed she readily was searching for expensive items that could not be bought yearly because they had to be ordered from Spain and Europe. So it took a while for those items to arrive in the small town. One day she was going to pick up her items and stopped to notice one of her old associates from the firm she had been working at earlier in her late 20’s. Although she could not remember the associate name she remembered her face. The associate yelled “Hey you” how are you doing? It’s been awhile since she worked with her she asked how have you liked living on the country side instead of the city side? She replied doing nothing but enjoying life without the battling and the struggles of breaking your back working all the time for companies who reward people for doing nothing but stealing from them. One of the voices in her mind is saying “Shut-Up” before you say something wrong. She says her goodbye’s and walks away thinking about over kill about the previous company she worked for. Back to never land at her cabin in the woods by herself with no link between the two lives’ that she has led in her pointless reality of solitude. She is once again alone with no one yet again. What does she think about her life now?

Dealing with her emotions and thoughts has been a trying experience but one that she can overcome. The kitchenette shop that she frequently visits has some amazing food and open until nine o’clock in the evening. She sometimes will talk to some of the locals about what there is to do around town. Although most of the things to do involve driving to another place to visit. She has been told that the actuary is a nice place to visit although she can never know the distance if she does not make the effort to go on an outing to another town maybe she would discover things that she did not know about the outlying towns. After dinner she decided to head back to her cabin to desert the people in her mind that keep replaying all the things that she has done wrong in her life. By knowing that other people poke around in her past and oddly enough use it to their advantage to keep her from thinking that they are not the ones hurting her in the other armories and eventually drives her back to the edge of dependency from her sane state of mind. She imagines a life that is free from reassurances from her past knowing that it could possibly kill her because of the outlandish information that she holds close to her heart. Thinking that no one knows where she is at and that at any moment she could go bat crap crazy on someone. Dependent on those who knew her and what type of person she used to be she is reliant to keeping those secrets knotting up in her mind driving her to write about it over and over? “They will kill me if I speak” all over the place.

Documented papers to prove the information that could lead anyone to the whereabouts of where she is staying in the woods. Very seldom does she see anyone coming up her road but in the stillness of the day with the wind blowing a dark Saturn pulls up in her driveway. She scrambles around defenselessly trying to hide all the paperwork and writings around her cabin just in time before someone knocks on the door. Very slowly she looks out the peep hole on the front door to identify a woman that she had met in town. She wanted diversion to make her think that no one was home. She demanded that she opened the door and she wanted answers about why she had been snooping around and vividly asking questions about certain things that she insisted on know the answers too. She just stood at the doorway hoping that the woman would go away. The desire to make things right has turned into a life living away from everyone in the world because of the violent veracious information that she has gathered throughout the intriguing years of snooping around to conclude the details of her findings will the truth be revealed with detailed information of years of theft, cruelty, poor management and many other things or will she die without a word or vulnerability. The length that she has taken to finding the identification of the ones that hurt her so badly seems disheartening to say the least no one can truly know what disaster she has created in her cabin in the woods. Therefore, no one will ever know the truth about the violent crazy woman who lives there by herself.

The sign are there in the midst of the woods when anything could go wrong at any moment she is going to snap more and more thoughts clouding her mind and what does it mean when people start to go missing people that she knows. Yelling and screaming but no one hears to the cries of what the woman is doing to the people who went for a quiet adventure through the woods. In the cellar of her home mom and dad of the child in the bedroom locked up missing her parent’s heaven knows what happening to the young girl’s parents. She does not have time to think about the crazy woman who is holding her parents hostage. any moment the woman is going to bring her dinner mainly to check to make sure she is not doing anything like sending a message to passer buyers that you might see out the cracks of the windows in the top of the cabin is a nook that the woman is aboding the child while her parents are three rooms below. Meaningless cries from the parents for the woman to move them closer to their children to make sure they are okay. You never know how someone will react to certain things the woman seems like she has been through a lot but anything you say makes her repeat the same thing. More people will die whether you like it or not. Again More people will die whether you like it or not. After years of not being noticed for promotions all of the theft, blackmail, letters, corruption, and no one noticed a think about the crazy woman who moved to the main cabin in the woods. How crazy is she will you find out? 

Somewhere in the midst of everything that has happened she actually enjoyed time by herself. The parents and children returned finally to their own homes after being held for months and abducted by the crazy woman in the woods and they will hold this experience close to their heart. It was sad to see that happen to such good people and the aggravation of all the things that happened in the riveting night. It is said that the woman in the apartment down the road had seen the woman that hides herself in the cabin most of the time except during shopping time when she heads down into town to acquire the goods necessary to making it through the real bad winter that the mountains have this time of year. Another few months have gone by and the woman holds anyone that comes to her door for quite some until she is ready to let them go. it is amazing that the people have made it out of there retain their bad experience instead of telling the actions of what the woman did to them while holding them hostage for months on end. It is surprising that they were able to go back to the actions of their life without the drama and rational expressions of their ordeal with her anguished over the disappearance of one of her heavenly good friends. She finds herself in the solitude that led her to the cabin in the woods amazing enough everyone thought that she really did not have anyone in her life until!

The Lovely Splendor of the Outdoors 2


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0604141229 The best picture of the flower’s in our front flower bed this year! I absolutely love these flowers.

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0604141228a Multi-colored and with radiant beauty. I love having beautiful flowers to look at throughout the year.

0616141923 Our lovely garden that we have planted this year! Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Squash, Zucchini, and Peppers!

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Winding Roads Of Beauty


You know living in the mountains presents you with the beauty and scenic brilliance. The roads are windy and seem like they never stop. The beauty of the mountains can leave you with the feeling of completeness. Stepping out on your porch to see the mountains with the sun shining on them with all their might. The place that you can call home and where everyone knows everyone.

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A flock of black birds searching for their next meal right after a rain. Watching them fly here and there trying to find worms, and other insects. What a wonderful experience to watch.

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What a day sitting in your kitchen watching the black birds fly around trying to find those scrumptious insects. The beauty of the mountains and wildlife that you can observe throughout the day.

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The storm clouds are coming in fast! Looks like it is going to be bad weather, and you never know when that is going to happen. When you live in a small town you never see your town on the news unless something bad has happened.

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The clouds move fast through the sky with no rain to speak of at this moment. Any minute it could just start pouring down the rain without warning. The sound of the rain hitting the metal roof will sooth anyone of any stress that they have at that moment. A beautiful sight to see if you have the chance to take the picture.

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Second Week of Biology Homeschool


The second week of biology and the questions keep coming. Of course, this is going to be an interesting subject for the children to learn. Looking forward to the outcome  because this is going to be a wonderful course. You have to make up your own questions and sometimes that is better in the long run.

 

1. Who was involved in refining the production of lenses and made microscopes satisfactory for simple scientific observations?

2. When did intensive work on cells begin?

3. Who are the two German investigators of the first clear enunciation of cell theory?

4. What is cell theory?

5. Were Schleiden and Schwann the first people to enunciate the principle of cell theory?

6. Who observed the first nucleus? What year?

7. Who was Robert Hooke? What did he study?

8. Who was responsible for the extension of cell theory? When?

9. Who did experiments to prove Virchow’s theory of biogenesis?

10. What are two components of cell theory?

11. How long is a single human nerve cell?

12. What is the diameter of a human red blood cell?

13. What is the diameter of an ostrich egg?

14. What is a solution?

15. What happens when the sand is no longer agitated?

16. What are the factors that cause changes in Sol and Gel? Name six.

17. What is a protoplasm?

18. What is plasma membrane?

19. What is a angstrom?

20. who concluded that the membrane consists of inner and outer layers of protein? What year?

21. who made electron micrographs?

22. How many angstroms is a whole membrane?

23. Movement of particles from one place to another is called?

24. What is free energy?

25. What is the movement of water through a semipermeable membrane?

26. What is osmotic pressure?

27. What is phagocytosis?

28. What is pinocytosis?

29. What is the primary wall?

30. What is Pectin?

31. What is the middle lamella?

32. What is the secondary wall?

33. What is lignin?

34. What are chromosomes? What composes them?

35. What are genes? What do they do?

36. _________________are dark-staining, generally oval bodies.

37. Who developed endoplasmic reticulum? What year?

More to come with this chapter! They needed the book to do their schoolwork……

First week of Biology Homeschool


Well the first week of biology is going to be quite interesting to say the least. This is something that the children need to learn therefore, she is going to teach them all about biology. Of course, these are easy questions but in the course of this year they will become harder to allow the children to use their mind and retain the information.

 

Here are the questions that they will have this first week of reading, and studying about biology.

1. The _____________ contains two kinds of primary particles ______________ and _________________.

2. What is the electronic charge each proton carries?

3.  What is the mass (atomic mass) for an electron? Neutron? Proton?

4. What letter symbolizes the atomic number?

5. What is the atom of Sodium?

6. What does 19K39 mean?

7. What does 17 CI 35 mean?

8. The Z number for Hydrogen is?

9. The Z number for Uranium is?

10. The Z number for Helium is?

11. The Z number for Neon is?

12. The Z number for Chlorine is?

13. How are Sodium and Chlorine written?

14. The Z number of Calcium?

15. How do you write Sodium Chloride?

16.How do you write Calcium Chloride?

17. A ___________as a substance that increases the concentration of hydroxyl ions(oh-) in water.

18. Bonds of this sort, based on shared electrons are called ________________.

19. The Z number of oxygen is?

20. _______________do not remain in one position but are constantly moving.

21. What is the Z number of Nitrogen?

22. What are the molecules of this? H2, H20, O2, AND N2

    23. What is the Z number of Carbon?

    24. How do you write Carbon Dioxide?

    25. What percent of the atmosphere is carbon dioxide?

    26. What constitutes 21 percent of the atmosphere?

    27. Carbohydrates are compounds composed of ____________, ____________, and ______________.

    28. What is the six-carbon sugar? How is it written?

    29. Name three lipids. Explain what they are.

    30. What is the structure of proteins?

    31. What four essentials do proteins contain?

    32. In 1958, who won the Nobel Prize for his knowledge in biochemical history?

    33. What happens when a protein is heated in an acid solution for 24 hours?

    34. The nucleotides contain five parts name them.

    35. All enzymes are proteins? True or False?

    36. Are enzymes activated at temperatures well below that of boiling water? True or False?

    37. What is the Z number of Nickel?

    38. What is the Z number of Bromine?

    39. What is the Z number of Gold?

    40. Hydrolysis involves this addition of a water molecule.

    We shall see if they have read the required chapter!