Archive for January, 2018

Phonology

Sunday, January 28th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

While working with Somali children in a primary school, I was instructed to use phonetics to teach five-year-olds English.  Subsequently I was introduced to an online resource of the sounds our letters make by a speech therapist in Chicago.  The ...

Truth

Sunday, January 21st, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all’ wrote Keats ‘Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.’ (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44477/ode-on-a-grecian-urn) Something  in me resents being told the limits of my knowledge.  John Keats wrote some beautiful odes between 1795 and 1821; ...

Story

Sunday, January 14th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

“People just want to be entertained,” I have been told.  Maybe.  I suppose that is what the current epidemic of Facebook Live and YouTube videos are for.  Whilst I try to tune in to contemporary media, film is not my ...

Poetry

Sunday, January 7th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Those acrostics can be a bit like a crossword puzzle or mind game.  Each of mine is fourteen lines of ten syllables; they may not be poetry.  Ancient Greek defines poesis [ποίησις] as 'the activity in which a person brings something into ...