Writing with Russ: Webbing

The latest Writing with Russ is up on the ELGL site. It’s about webbing, which is one of my favorite brainstorming techniques: you basically just dump all your ideas onto a page or whiteboard and then figure out how they’re connected. You can read it here.

Also, if you like MacGyver I mention him in there, too.

Learning from mistakes in the garden

A little over a month ago I planted our plot in the community garden. An odd thing happened. The plants didn’t die, but they also haven’t really grown. Basically they look pretty much like they did when I planted them in early July. I’d thought I’d be sharing photos with you showing how much it’d grown. But no.

I thought maybe it was because I sometimes missed a day watering, so I got better about that. Maybe the soil didn’t have enough food; I got some Miracle Grow and fed it last week.
My dad is a Master Gardener and teaches classes in gardening and landscape design. So last night I called him and told him about the plants neither growing nor dying.

Dad: So did you harden them off?
Me: What’s that?
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Sherman Alexie on poverty

I really enjoyed reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian a few weeks ago.


…we reservation Indians don’t get to realize our dreams. We don’t get those chances. Or choices. We’re just poor. That’s all we are.

It sucks to be poor, and it sucks to feel that you somehow deserve to be poor. You start believing that you’re poor because you’re stupid and ugly. And then you start believing that you’re stupid and ugly because you’re Indian. And because you’re Indian you start believing you’re destined to be poor. It’s an ugly circle and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Poverty doesn’t give you strength or teach you lessons about perseverance. No, poverty only teaches you how to be poor. (p 13)

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