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Finally heading back to Chicago tonight. So ready to be home.

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Today: last day at home - run, write, time with mom, write, write, time with mom, laundry, pack, bed.

Tomorrow through Sunday early a.m.: Boston for a wedding

Sunday: NYC for a wedding.

Monday through Tuesday: NYC - write, write, revise, write.

Tuesday: Submit drafts, fly back to Chicago.

npr:

"I went to a four-year university." "That job requires a one-year certificate." "It’s a two-semester course." "She’s a fifth-year senior." What do these expressions have in common? They use time as the yardstick for higher education.

Essentially, this means measuring not how much you’ve learned, but how long you’ve spent trying to learn it.

The conventions of the credit hour, the semester and the academic year were formalized in the early 1900s. Time forms the template for designing college programs, accrediting them and — crucially — funding them using federal student aid.

But in 2013, for the first time, the Department of Education took steps to loosen the rules.

The new idea: Allow institutions to get student-aid funding by creating programs that directly measure learning, not time. Students can move at their own pace. The school certifies — measures — what they know and are able to do.

Competency-Based Education: No More Semesters?

Illustration credit: LA Johnson/NPR

Same old story about how I’m never on tumblr anymore.

pearlsandcurlsandpreppygirls:

Hello!! In honor of autumn approaching I have decided to do another giveaway! The winner of this giveaway will receive a free pair of Hunter Boots of their choice: any size and any color! Must reblog this post (likes dont count, I’m sorry!) and be following me and you’ll automatically be entered! Read the description on the picture to see how you can get two times as many entries!! If you have any questions, feel free to message me! Giveaway ends November 6th and the more you reblog this the more you’ll be entered. Good luck to each and every one of you and have a great day! Xoxo Kate

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pearlsandcurlsandpreppygirls:

Hello!! In honor of autumn approaching I have decided to do another giveaway! The winner of this giveaway will receive a free pair of Hunter Boots of their choice: any size and any color! Must reblog this post (likes dont count, I’m sorry!) and be following me and you’ll automatically be entered! Read the description on the picture to see how you can get two times as many entries!! If you have any questions, feel free to message me! Giveaway ends November 6th and the more you reblog this the more you’ll be entered. Good luck to each and every one of you and have a great day! Xoxo Kate

Yes yes yes!

Ooh, I’ll play!

It’s a long season, and you gotta trust it. I’ve tried them all, I really have. And the only church that truly feeds the soul day in, day out, is the Church of Baseball.
Annie Savoy, “Bull Durham” (1988)

tetw:

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On Keeping a Notebook by Joan Didion - A great essay about making notes that gets to the very core of the writing process

Write Like a Motherfucker by Cheryl Strayed - Raw, emotional advice on the role of humility and surrender in the often tortured world of the writer

Thoughts on Writing by Elizabeth Gilbert  - On disicpline, hard work, rejection and why it’s never too late to start

Write Till You Drop by Annie Dillard - “Do you think I could be a writer?” “I don’t know… . Do you like sentences?”

Why I Write by George Orwell - On egoism, a love of beauty, the quest for truth and the desire to change the world — Orwell’s ‘four great motive for writing’.

Despite Tough Guys, Life Is Not the Only School for Real Novelists by Kurt Vonnegut - A beautifully argued defence of the role of teaching in developing writers.

That Crafty Feeling by Zadie Smith - A lecture by a great essayist and novelist on the craft of writing.

A Place You All Know Well by Michael Chabon - On the central role of exporation in writing.

The Nature of Fun by David Foster Wallace (excerpt) - DFW on what drives writers to write

Uncanny the Singing That Comes from Certain Husks by Joy Williams - “Who cares if the writer is not whole? Of course the writer is not whole, or even particularly well…”

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