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H is for Hot Streaks 

My posts are like the ocean at the beach; they come in waves. I guess, more generally, they’ve followed the general arc of educational procrastination (see the graphic in Steve’s post on the creative process). Interestingly, we started talking about this in class just as I started writing this post in my notebook. (Yes, I …

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H is for Hegemony 

H is for Hegemony The first time I read the word "Hegemony", I had little idea what it meant. First impressions bring about images of "hedges" and "matrimony"... Perhaps the marriage of hedges? Actual definitions: Merriam-Webster: influence or control over another country, a group of people, etc Wikipedia: an indirect form of government, and of imperial dominance …

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H is for Help for Writer’s Block 

"Top 5 Neglected Paths to Genius" from rearranging your furniture to recording your progress. Image from:

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H is for Phatic Expression (Speech, Gesture, and Art) 

"I have nothing to say and I am saying it." -John Cage "Hi, how are you." -My neighbor "Meow." -My cat "Honk." -A car In human speech, words are signifiers - symbols representing concepts. But phatic speech represents nothing beyond its own sound. On one hand, I feel like all speech has meaning.  But on …

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H is for Holiday 

Holidays are the center of our calendars. We organize our year based on which days the holidays we celebrate fall.  Each holiday even seems to have a symbolic hold over the season it comes with. Sometimes we look forward to certain holidays and other times we don’t. Either way we give authority to these days …

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H is for Hyperamnesia 

We know that our memory fails to be consistent through time. Many of us associate this effect to a decrease of memory over time. However, there are times in which the opposite is true. The term “hyperamnesia” (or “reminiscence”, as psychologists of the early 20th century referred to it) describes the interesting memory retrieval phenomenon …

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H is for Hug (your Teddy) 

Skip to 1:08, then 2:16 for the fun! Besides being cute when kids use it, Total Physical Response (TPR) is a common, effective and accepted method of teaching used in second language acquisition. "Developed by James Asher, a professor emeritus of psychology at San José State University, it is …

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H is for Hands 

How our hands move—consciously and unconsciously—might evince more than we wish. ___________________________________________________________________ 3. Learning Activity: What the Hands May Say: an Examination of Dr. Spivey’s Body Language While Dr. Spiney and McMurphy discuss Nurse Ratched’s presence among the staff and patients (Kesey 56-62), Spivey’s somatic responses to McMurphy’s evoking questions and assertions evince the profound …

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H is for Happiness 

Both Brain Palmer and Margaret Oldham’s examples in “The Pursuit of Happiness” are good reflections of how people strive for self success by ignoring themselves as members of their families and community. Palmer, as a successful businessman, believes that devotion to money and career through his own self-reliance is the most important task in his …

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H is for Haiku 

In our contemporary culture concerning poetry and most art in general things have moved from typically having a very distinct structure to being as free form as possible. There was a time when a poem was not a poem unless it followed a highly specific structure. But now poetry is almost defined by not having …

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H is for Horizon Line 

Horizon Line reminds me of learning how to draw, my first art classes in elementary school. Making the horizontal line in the upper middle area (eye level of the viewer) of the paper with a ruler and making points disappear into that line. Its used in perspective drawing. I'm not very good at drawing now, …

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H is for Home 

In the essay, “Homeplace: A Site of Resistance,” bell hooks sites the home as a safe haven and a community of resistance in which black females have the ability to nurture their spirits by caring for their husbands and children. To escape the danger felt from white supremacy, black females used the home as a …

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H is for Hieroglyphics 

This past Friday, I visited the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and this descriptive plaque in the Egyptian wing gives a particularly compelling explanation of how the Ancient Egyptians viewed art and aesthetics. Though we consider their hieroglyphic writings and artifacts as "art," or at least possessing some kind of aesthetic value, this culture held a more didactic and/or functional …

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H is for Horror 

1. In 1999 I watched The Blair Witch Project. It was the first horror film I watched that had a lasting effect. I think it was because I lived in a rural Michigan town and across the street was a forest with no developments save for an abandoned house. 2. The horror genre seems antithetical …

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H is for Handwriting 

The fourth chapter in Tom Ingold’s Lines really brought this concept forward for me, even though it’s one I’d been thinking about even beforehand. Ingold discusses how the art of writing has become less and less of an art—it has transformed from “drawing” to writing, and, nowadays with the advent of computers and word processors, …

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