I would have liked examples of the 2 different styles. Were the Dick and Jane books of the 60’s an example of Calkin’s original program? I do remember also having phonics lessons. Maybe the school changed programs? Decoding does seem a much better choice.
I’m in awe of poetry. The form is so challenging - every word is essential. And that is what appeals to me. I love words. Images and feelings crafted by an unexpected combination of the perfect words are astonishing. Breathtaking.
Nothing new concerning the importance of who you surround yourself with - I agree. What I took away from this article that I’m excited about is the reference to Shackleton. Never hearing of such a person, I Googled him. Alfred Lansing wrote a book called Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage. The book details the failed Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition led by Shackleton in his attempt to cross the Antarctic in 1914. Apparently it was a 2 year struggle for survival endured by 28 men. The ship destroyed, the crew drifted on ice for just over a year. Sounds compelling. And, there is a movie starring Liam Neeson - got to check that out.
Very interesting article, got me thinking. Last year I got some kind of flu. What I immediately noticed, was that for the very first time, I completely lost my sense of taste. It was SO disconcerting. What if I never got it back? I could not imagine life without the enjoyment of eating. After I recovered, my husband wondered if it was really the sense of smell I lost, which would affect taste. I couldn’t be sure. When I later heard that one of the symptoms of Covid 19 was the lost of taste, I wondered if I actually had that. I really should get an antibody test.
Humor is such an interesting... emotion? It takes a lot to make me laugh, yet I seem to laugh a lot. I guess it’s my own sense of it, my way of seeing things, that makes me laugh. It’s why I like Seinfeld and Larry David. They take the ordinary and tease out a thread of relatable dysfunction or nonsense. It has intelligence and excellent observational skill. My favorite kind of comedian. Now living with him could be an entirely different animal!
Look forward to Macdonald’s new Netflix stand-up special. I have been a fan since SNL and trust that his brilliance has not dimmed. I’m in awe of the fearlessness of a comedian crazy enough to stand before an audience and risk the humiliation of silence. What courage!
I think most issues with couples go way beyond the surface “annoyances” to much deeper problems with, perhaps, feelings of not being seen, heard or valued - on both sides. Marriage is an art, each participant an artist - what do you want to create?
I struggled first attempt to get through this. Second read was easier, as I just allowed the story to unfold instead of trying to figure it out. Then the sadness of conformity as a “way out”. Then a memory of going to the town circus and being horrified at all the animals dressed as humans being forced to jump through hoops. Never went to another circus again!
Wow, a perfect 10! A great reminder, as I can certainly slip into old habits and patterns of not being mindful. I’m honestly going to write these down and review often - SO important. My greatest fault is the same as the author - my first response can be a personal response. Yikes!
Very sane, balanced writing about taking responsibility for the attention economy in our own lives. Taking responsibility is empowering because it literally means we are “able to respond”. “The victim mentality is dangerous because it provides an excuse to give up.”
I remember being in a 711, grabbing a cup of coffee. I ran into this acquaintance that always intrigued me, very on the edge. I was excited to hear what he had been up to since our last meeting at a mutual friend’s party. He had 7 kids and went through the tedious, boring details of what each one of his kids was doing - all destined for the Olympics, Pulitzer Prize winners, Knighthood by the Queen. I stood there stunned. When he finished, he looked at me, waited for my response. I said, I asked how you were doing. I turned and walked out of the store.