It’s Sunday Summary time, for the week of 24 January 2022 to 29 January 2022.
Sometimes the 2 Rules writers seem to converge around a theme, and some weeks they all go their separate ways. This week it’s been the latter, everyone in their own place, each bringing you their own story. That’s one of the beautiful things about this site–each story is a treasure, cherished and shared by the author because we love writing and love sharing what we write with you. We hope you enjoy our stories and we hope you share your stories with us. Meanwhile, if you’re like many of us, and trying to keep warm during a cold snap, please enjoy these stories as you do.
“This rejection has given me a sense that there’s a place for my voice out there. There’s a purpose to my story telling.”
Erika’s journey as a writer reached a new milestone recently with her first rejection. Instead of mourning, she’s celebrating it. What does that first rejection mean to her? Why is it inspiring and what does that achievement really mean to her? Read more about it in Erika’s piece, “Celebrating Rejection.”
You can read about Erika’s recent experience having a piece of work accepted for publication here.
“First of all, if you’ve ever made fun of someone for saying ‘aks’ instead of ‘ask,’ congratulations on never having aksed where your next meal was coming from.”
Adam shared some frustration on Tuesday in a piece about language pet peeves–but not his own peeves. He reminded us that the diversity of English speakers is vast, and that racism, classism and other -isms and -phobias need to stop being barriers in our communication.
You can find more of Adam’s thoughts on language and how we use it here and here.
“We need to keep our classrooms under control.”
“…also micromanagers make bad teachers.”
“It’s an impossible job.”
We take a field trip on Wednesday, back to Josi’s classroom to see how many little decisions teachers are tasked with making each day…decisions that can have a big impact on the lives of so many other people. Learning how to human is heard. Teaching kids how to human is really, really hard. Take a look at kindergarten through the eyes of a grown ups’ lived experience with Josi.
“The flip-side of Mozart’s great delicacy is that it’s so easy to foist an interpretation on a set of notes that they simply will not support. ” -Adam
“I am the writer and the reader I am, in part, because I had access to controversial books.”-Erika
Adam and Erika both take a break from the viola wars this week in Watch/Listen/Read to talk about cello music and Mozart. Or maybe Adam is licking his wounds and Erika is too polite to kick him when he’s down. There’s also mythology, dessert, and iguanas. To name a few of the topics covered this week. See what they’re recommending and add your own in the comments. You can read all of the previous Watch/Listen/Read posts, for more recommendations, too.
The Florida Felines have been experiencing cold temperatures with lows that haven’t been seen in four or five years. Big Cat’s ears were cold to the touch and all three (Big Cat, Little Cat and Middle Cat) have been insistent on huddling up with Erika for extra warmth. As they cuddle together, Big Cat and Little Cat brought you their usual Caturday question this week about books that inspire you. Leave your answer for them in the comments and read all of their queries, here.
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