Slice of Life 5: What’s in your word cloud?
By Janice Ewing
Here in the Philly area, these are some of the words that would jump out at you in a word cloud today – cancelled, treacherous, heavy, deteriorating, freezing, alert, update… you get the idea.
Yes, we’re in the midst of our biggest snowstorm of the season. The intrepid local TV weather and traffic folks are braving the elements to update us, minute by minute, on the depth, texture, tenacity, and effects of the snow. The reporter from the airport, with an apparent lack of irony, responded to a question about flight delays by explaining that there were actually very few delays (then went on to further explain that that is because most flights are cancelled).
With great appreciation, I can report that my day has not been treacherous or freezing (my husband is taking care of shoveling), and definitely not deteriorating. I’ve created a comfortable nest on the sofa from which I can watch the snow while I read, write, and get to know my new class online. In an earlier SoL post, I wrote about the challenge of holding the first session of a new class online. Some of the responders pointed out that most online communities, including TwoWritingTeachers, start with digital communication and strong bonds are often formed, whether not members eventually meet in person. Much food for thought as I “meet” my students.
So what words would appear in my word cloud today? Most likely to tower over the rest: reading, writing, reflecting, watching, coffee, kittens, and, I hope, appreciation.
* This “Slice of Life” post is part of a larger blog series, hosted by the blog site, Two Writing Teachers: A Meeting Place for a World of Reflective Writers.
Janice Ewing is an adjunct for Cabrini College and a co-director for the Pennsylvania Writing & Literature Project. Janice co-facilitates PAWLP’s “Continuity Days” and this blog. She is an avid reader and writer, and especially enjoys writing poems.