The Forgotten Words of Childhood

This is from the author of Multilingualism (https://sheilavdhc.com/2014/01/10/chicken-soul-soup-multilingualism/) and Saying It Like It Is (https://sheilavdhc.com/2013/11/08/chicken-soul-soup-saying-it/).

They grow up so fast….

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I was wandering through the library today for English lesson today, and I saw this book called “The Child That Books Built” by Francis Spufford. I flipped through it, and something in it made me have goosebumps to stand on my back.

It was sort of those moments that made me think about my childhood. My mom loved books, and we used to have a room dedicated to books. I loved reading about the grim brother’s stories, and tons of other fairy tales. I have gone through one of the hardest times in my life by reading books after books. Savoring the taste of the first book and diving into the second one without any waste of time.

The book starts off with, ” I can always tell when you’re reading somewhere in the house,” my mother used to say. “There’s a special silence, a reading silence.” I never heard…

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Chicken Soul Soup: Life Sucked

In which a student is forced, by the most draconian means (“Read this for next week.”), to read Anne Carson’s Antigonick.

Student: IN A NUTSHELL: PEOPLE WERE REALLY DEPRESSED BACK IN THE DAY.

Word on the Street with Humans

Well, yes, there will be many humans at Word on the Street; the best Humans, however, will be the copies of To Be Human Again.

Sunday, September 24th
11:00-6:00
Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON

Me an’ my Humans will be at the Fringe Beat. Look for Salmacis’ Press.

Notes towards the Definition of A Good Student

It’s the beginning of this school year, and we again come to that eternal conundrum of civilisation: Who is a good student?

Well…

  • a good student views the beginning and ending of the school year as a mere change in schedule
  • a good student has a schedule, but also knows when the schedule can/should be tossed out the window
  • a good student is organised, even if the method of organisation is comprehensible only to them
  • a good student knows how they learn best
  • a good student does concern themselves with grades received, but only to keep track of their personal progress; sometimes an A+ is the only acceptable grade, and at other times a C- is the goal
  • a good student understands that teachers can open the door but cannot make the student walk through it
  • a good student knows what makes their heart thud with happiness
  • a good student can come to terms with what boredom they must suffer in order to achieve the happiness that makes their heart thud
  • a good student will say “I already know that” because their inherent compulsion to learn will have them bursting to follow that sentence with “Teach me more”
  • a good student knows that age has no bearing on who is the teacher and who is the student
  • a good student has no limits, no prejudice, no fear

 

Chicken Soul Soup: Modern Poets

Me: Your homework was to find a poem you like–seeing as you’re being rather persnickety about poems.

Student: I found one. It’s Ben Jonson’s A Fit of Rhyme against Rhyme.

Me: Good choice. So, tell me about Ben Jonson.

Student: He’s a modern poet. I can tell ’cause he’s good. Not like that J. Alfred Prufrock guy.

Word on the Street

September 24, 2017 at Harbourfront, 11:00 to 6:00.

To Be Human Again will be available from Salmacis’ Press on the Fringe Beat.

 

To Be Human Again at Word on the Street 2017

On Sunday, September 24, I’ll be at Word on the Street. I’ll have To Be Human Again with me. (It’s a good thing to have.)