Rivers. Life.

This is what meandering looks like.

I took a Geology For People Who Don’t Get Science class in college and learned that rivers don’t usually flow in a straight line. Their hooks and crooks are called meanders, and their location changes depending on how much water is in the river at any given time, and what things like erosion and natural (or man-made) obstructions influence the direction of the water. The purpose of the river is the movement of water from a tiny yet deep natural source to the sea. Continue reading Rivers. Life.

I made a tumblr blog

When I was going through my old blog and trying to find posts that I wanted to share, I was surprised by how much sadness permeated the stories that I remembered feeling really good about when I wrote them. Taking a break from blogging and doing other creative things has given me some perspective on what kind of writer I would like to become, and I am relieved that my obsession with suffering seems to have run its course.

I don’t really need another blog, but I’d like to keep this website dedicated to longer posts. SO. Chez tumblr, I plan post photos I’ve taken and little snippets of things that will get me writing. I’m calling it Voix, en morceau. In France, when you want sugar cubes, you buy sucre en morceau. I like the idea of sweet little pieces of text and image that provoke new ideas and that will hopefully inspire me to write in different directions. Plus, I have about eighteen thousand five hundred and twenty six zillion photos that I’ve taken in France and Quebec and Martinique and Chicago and Minneapolis and. . . everywhere! that I feel like putting on the internet, and I don’t particularly like using Flikr.

If you have any favorite quotes or writing prompts that you find inspiring, please share! You can post them as a comment here or email them to me directly – voixdemichele (atsign) gmail (dotcom). And if any of the stuff I’ve posted gets you writing, please share the link with me and I’ll post that, too.

Happy Friday, everyone.


don’t let collective bargaining die.

I don’t have the habit of bringing any sort of political debate into my blog space, but I’m absolutely appalled at what’s going on in Wisconsin right now. If you haven’t heard yet, here is a really great summary article by Mother Jones. Basically, WI Governor Scott Walker is trying to get rid of the collective bargaining rights of all of the state’s union workers — you know, people like teachers and nurses and most skilled blue collar workers who bust their tails at their jobs every day. Continue reading don’t let collective bargaining die.

nestling in to my new space

Intrepid teacher, Bayonne, 2010

It’s taking me a while to figure out how to use Word Press, so this website still doesn’t yet have all the bells and whistles I want. My desire is to have an online container for all of the creative directions I’m exploring. A life of art is a messy one, so I’m not sure how I want my site to function just yet.

Just for a start, I have added a new set of pages here to contain some of writing from my old blog.  A brief explanation is HERE, and all the blog writing I’ve reposted is underneath that tab. They’re primarily the stories and blog posts that I miss having around, if that makes any sense. I’m a romantic at heart, and rather attached to some of my words.

I’ll also be adding a page of links to other places you can find my work on the interwebs, and probably a tab devoted solely to book reviews.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

Tying it all together

Wow – that was really fun! My three show run of Pardon My French had good attendance, plenty of laughter, and enthusiastic participation in all three post-performance panel discussions. I’m satisfied with how it felt to do the show again, and very gratified that so many fellow teachers, community members, and even current and former students came to see me. It seems like my little show has some legs, and I’m delighted to have gotten so much feedback on the content of the show and on my performance. Merci infiniment to everyone who was able to attend.

Creative production is so immensely important to me – writing, performing this show, doing improv, and learning to be a better storyteller take up the majority of my non-teaching life. I hope to start blogging more about this journey I’m on: to become a better and more productive artist. I hope that you’ll join me by checking back in every once and a while and maybe coming to a show if you can. Continue reading Tying it all together

What if?

I just found a lovely article on the Huffington Post: What If We Treated Doctors The Way We Treat Teachers? by Shaun Johnson. Such an excellent question.

Here’s a quote:

* In certain high needs areas, such as family practice, emergency medicine, or in practices in low income areas, alternative routes to being licensed will be provided. Moreover, data will determine what skills are necessary to impart in the curriculum of such programs. For instance, if a certain community prevails in specific medical conditions over others, then time will not be wasted covering rare conditions so that alternative programs can operate expeditiously.

Fantastic, what? Click through HERE for the rest.