Writing Workshop Wednesdays (13)

My English 111 students are currently reading what I believe to be two thought-provoking essays:  Nicholas Carr’s “Does the Internet Make You Dumber?” and Sherry Turkle’s “Connectivity and Its Discontents.”  The former argues the Internet “. . . with its constant distractions and interruptions, is also turning us into scattered and superficial [emphasis is mine] thinkers” (Kirszner and Mandell 217).  A further essay written by Alice Mathias entitled “The Fakebook Generation”  characterizes Facebook as an “. . . online community theater”  (229).  So, with this being said and, of course, being biased on the issue, I choose to portray my life in all honesty today with all its struggles, tears, and setbacks.  To me, honesty is what matters and what truly connects us all.

My day started with a “bang” to say the least.  With my youngest on Daisy Pee Pee Duty this morning, she opened the back door to let our newest family member out to do her business.  Before my six-year-old had a chance to open the screen door too, Daisy Duke chose to create an opening of her own.  Now we truly are in need of Hillary Farr from Love It or List It.

screenYes, tears were shed at this reality, but not for the mourning of a screen.  Instead, my laughter resulted in a waterfall of sorts down my cheek.  The expression on my daughter’s face was truly priceless, a snapshot of which will be permanently stored in my memory bank.

So, today share your truth.  I double dare you.

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6 thoughts on “Writing Workshop Wednesdays (13)

  1. When I first notice the hole in the screen, I thought that this was the doing of a Wisteria vine. I was prepared to think of a halloween horror story. This reminds me of my mother telling me a story of the time I once ran through my grandmother’s screen door. Of course I do not remember it, but she vividly remembers the situation. Since i was a toddler, I cannot recall the occurrence. Im sure it was frightening to both of my parents and grandparents.

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  2. I had a pretty typical day, save for the fact I forgot to pick up one of my friends for class. I realized this half way to class. My roommate was driving and I asked her to turn around. She said no and that my friend, who is a mutual friend of ours, could just catch bogey. I told my roomate just to park and i would run back and get her. She agreed. I picked my friend up and got back two minutes before class.

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  3. This picture looks all to familiar! When I lived in Illinois, we had a collie who was an outside dog. Our collie, Mollie, hated storms, guns, fireworks, baseball bats and anything that was loud or looked like it could hurt her. A night of a bad storm, I suddenly heard heavy breathing next to my bed. I look over, and sure enough, mollie is standing next to my bed with drool hanging from her mouth. After a scavenger hunt at 1 in the morning, we discovered a shattered glass door and a ripped screen.

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  4. Today, I woke up at 5 am for weight lifting. As tired as I was, I started my day and went to my 9am anthropology class. After 11am Spanish, I decided to go to Ames to have lunch at 12pm. Leaving Ames I remembered that I have a quiz in World Civilization to 1450. The only problem was the class was at 1pm, and I left Ames at 12:50pm. Discouraged and angry, I took the quiz. I ended up getting a 100 percent on a quiz I knew nothing about. It was a good day.

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  5. This looks like a scene in the Wisteria story we recently did on our final. But the broken screen door reminds me of the time I couldn’t get out of my new screen door when I was about eight years old. I decided to grab some scissors not thinking of the consequences I would get into and I cut a giant hole in the door and I was afraid to go back home because I finally realized the mistake I made.

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  6. My day was not too bad. I wrote a paper for my Computer Science class and then I completed my homework for the same class. I skipped lunch because I needed to do more studying for a test in Computer Science (Today was mostly Computer Science for me) so I ended up being fairly hungry. I get into Computer Science ready to fail my test only to find out that I got it wrong and my test is not until next week. However, we received the beginning of what is supposedly the hardest assignment we will have all semester. The assignment is to create a flowchart and program to represent the CPU of a computer. Normally we would create a flowchart and program in one 2 hour class period. This project is different, we have until Friday for the entire flowchart. Since my calculus class was cancelled today I spent in total about 6 hours today making that flowchart and I still don’t know if I have it right. So that has been my day.

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