1. All I can say is that I can't remember when a class of students laughed so hard and long: I stopped class for a minute because I had a big sneeze coming and it was really slow coming. I turned my back to the class and finally the sneeze came. A student: "We thought you were having a heart attack." That got a chuckle. Shannon: "I thought you were starting to cry because you haven't gotten back your Dylan Thomas cds yet." Brought the house down. I know you had to be there, but I want a record of that moment. It's been a long time since a class of students laughed so hard.
2. Today we reached the point in Introduction to Poetry where I thought one of my favorite ideas would make sense: Our emotions, our feelings are a mess. Poetry structures our emotions, structures our feelings. I elaborated. I think some of my students, after about eight weeks of poetry understood what I meant. (The idea is not original with me.)
3. That whole chicken I started to slow cook in the morning tasted really good by six this evening: so did the onions and potatoes.