Monday, February 25, 2013


More snow heading our way for Wednesday, Thursday, and perhaps Friday. The XC skiing will be perfecto this weekend!

Friday, February 22, 2013

After the run

There's a cardinal in a backyard bush. The winter's ice is inching its way off the roof. Out on the back deck, the sun has me hatless and sipping water while rocking in my chair. Today, it's 40 degrees in western Maine and there's a sprig of spring in the air. The weather calls for a storm over the weekend. Six to 10 inches of snow. But for now, after our run, it's the rocking chair and this sunshine that matter.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Was that a blizzard?

Nah, not so much. But the feathery western powder made for great XC skiing today and easy shoveling (wicked easy since the neighborhood teenager, Miles, snuck over and shoveled my front walk while we were out skiing!). And then, of course, there's the comfort food... lasagna, black raspberry yogurt ice cream... did someone say wine? No, not in the middle of a natural disaster! Unh-unh... no wine at such a time.

Apres ski rest...

Comfort food for the storm. 

Monday, February 4, 2013

New Book!

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The Multigenre Paper

In our online class, Writing and the Teaching of Writing, we're developing a Multigenre Project, an activity created by Tom Romano. Ours will be an autobiographical Mulitgenre. For example, in 2009, Meg Hall wrote a MG on her passion for baking bread. She put her final product on a blog that you can find here.

In Tom Romano's own class, he asked his college students to create a Multigenre paper over a book. Here's an example written on the stunning novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. More examples and ideas can be found on our Class Resource Website on Writing, scroll down 3/4 of the page and look on the left. You can also Google Multigenre to see more examples.

Some writers begin this project with a central idea (e.g., "My Children") and let the various genre surface as they write. Another approach is to make an outline and list the genre with a brief explanation. That's what I've done below as I've outlined a Multigenre about my family and our connection to ski racing. Click on the picture to enlarge!

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