Peace (winding through),
It’s no surprise that my good friend from Australia, Wendy, would share out an amazing book connecting various kinds of writing to the Australian landscape, history and social fabric, called Reading the Landscape. Which she did, on Twitter, and which I tried to get here in the US via library system but to no avail — the title is a regional publication. She and I chatted about the book a bit in Tweets.
Then, Wendy wrote and shared a poem — Read the Land — that I really loved after reading it at her blog site, and I started to consider a poetic response (as some of us in CLMOOC are often apt to do). Riffing a poem off the lines of someone else is something I consider to be a complement (I’ve written about this before).
Here is what I wrote as poetic response to Wendy:
It might be that your teeth
touch dirt, that your tongue
might hurt, that your body
could cry out for a quick escape
But when a writer shares a verse
of the wide open landscape,
their poem becomes water,
and our thirst, slaked
I struggled over that last line — the rhythm is intentionally off and the rhyme, false — so I was happy when Wendy noticed and noted in appreciation how I used “slaked” as the final word. I wasn’t sure it really worked until she commented on it.
Peace (poems on the distant line),
CLMOOC (Connected Learning Massive Open Online Collaborative) has remained connected and strong over the years, and come together for any number of projects. As the terrible 2020 rolls to a close, the CLMOOC friends — led by Wendy — took on the idea of creating a calendar for 2021 that expressed HOPE.
After weeks of gathering art and music and poems, CLMOOC has put out the 2021 calendar and you can grab one for free from the CLMOOC site. Whether it’s something you keep handy, or look at when you need some light, or just a reminder of how people can come together to create something beautiful … it’s a gift from all of us to all of you.
Peace (with heart, mind and spirit),
In January 2019, some of us in the CLMOOC Community decided to read the book Affinity Online by Mimi Ito and company to better understand how young people were engaging with each other and with media in online settings.
We had lots of reading and conversations, and one of the places where we gathered was in NowComment, to annotate Chapter 5 together (putting the ideas of the book into practice through shared learning in a shared space). The chapter annotation was spearheaded by Terry Elliott.
Nearly two years later, I am still getting email updates, inviting me back into new conversations in NowComment that are being built on the original ones. While I suspect these new annotators are probably in some graduate level class, I find it encouraging how annotations can live on and beyond (Hypothesis does the same thing — sending an email note when someone has commented on an annotation you have left). More than two dozen people have engaged in the chapter.
Now I am going back in, responding to new comments and perhaps engaging the conversation that started two years ago with my CLMOOC friends in new directions with others.
Peace (sharing it),