Tag: Group Writing

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I have been the chief cat herder for the theme writing project for the few couple years. By way of exhorting and occasionally extorting participation, I have been known to threaten to fill white space with posts featuring bears, disco, or even disco bears. From time to time, I must make good on these threats, just to maintain […]

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There has been a great deal of good writing over the years, inspired by monthly theme cues. Maybe you missed some, or joined more recently. Instead of searching on tags, just bookmark this post. This index will capture all of them in one post, updated monthly. A big thank-you to past keepers of the themes; […]

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October Surprise: Red October

 

Omarova Commie ComptrollerSurely someone in the Biden regime is trolling us all; nominating an unreformed communist as Comptroller of the Currency. Yet, this is neither an Onion nor a Babylon Bee story. Rather the Wall Street Journal editorial board cleared its collective throat to protest profusely. Still, trust but verify—too easy, the public record is clear and chilling. What is the Comptroller of the Currency, who is Saule Omarova, and why should you care? In short: a key position controlling our banking system, an immigrant from the former Soviet Union who believes the USSR centrally planned and controlled economy was better, fairer, more “democratic,” than the American economy, and the Democrats want to seize your checking and savings account.

I rolled my eyes until I read Omarova’s 2020 academic paper, a law review article, “The People’s Ledger: How to Democratize Money and Finance the Economy.” Yes, comrade the Democratic People’s Party choice for Comptroller of the Currency wants to seize your checking and savings account. How did we get here, and how did she get here?

The Comptroller of the Currency leads an office within the Treasury Department. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency was created by Congress in 1863, during the American Civil War, for the purpose of overseeing the creation and operation of national banks and a national currency. Today, the OCC is closely connected with the operation of the largest banks in America.

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This October’s group writing theme is October Surprise. You are invited to play off of “surprise,” “October,” or both. There are many ways this might play out. As customary, hereafter find a little music to set the mood or spark some creative responses. We start in the folk genre with “October Song:” Preview Open

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This October’s theme is October Surprise. You are invited to play off of “surprise,” “October,” or both. There are many ways this might play out. Consider some of the ways this topic could go: Share some photographs or a word picture of the changing of the seasons. Preview Open

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Group Writing: My Year of Hell

 

There’s a particular period of my life that I have always referred to as my Year of Hell. (The phrase is borrowed from an episode of Star Trek: Voyager; call it my annus horribilis if you prefer a more classical term.) In fact, I cheat a little bit: it’s a period of just about thirteen months, spanning from September of 2001 through September of the following year. Perhaps it’s overstating things a bit; I know I’ve had a pretty good life, and I probably don’t know what true suffering is like. But it was, as they say, a rough patch.

That thirteen-month period started, of course, with an event that wasn’t about me at all: 9/11, a trauma we all shared, even those of us who watched only from a distance. I felt shaken: it seemed that the world had changed, and not for the better. Over the weeks and months that followed, I watched nervously as the economy reeled and the country moved toward war. But gradually I began to realize that despite the enormity of the event, my own life hadn’t really been affected.

Best and Worst: Billy Joel Albums

 

I have strong opinions about Billy Joel’s music, so of course I had to take this opportunity to analyze it and determine his best and worst albums! I was going to do the top five songs and bottom five songs, but all the bottom ones would have come from the same album, so that doesn’t seem interesting. Then I was going to write about just the singles, but that would have taken more time than I had to weed through. So, I opted to go with the top and bottom albums instead. I’m going to tell you the top and bottom albums critically speaking, what I think are his best and worst albums, and then what my favorite and least favorite albums are. For the critical rankings, the criteria I am going to use are, first, peak chart position in the United States, followed (for the best album) by the number of countries in which the album was No. 1, since there are four albums that went to No. 1 in the U.S.

Here we go!

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In need of a break from the ugliness of politics, I turned to my current favorite classical guitarist, Xuefei Yang, an example of the best of China. As I noted in a recent post on music memories, her work points back, in part, to Julian Bream. Bream was a masters of the guitar and lute, […]

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Best Star Spangled Banner Performance: Diana Ross

 

Diana Ross was the first pop star to perform the national anthem at a Super Bowl, and her 1982 performance set a standard not yet surpassed at any professional sports venue. From high school to professional sports events, Americans have long started these secular public rites with our national anthem. The NFL had long leaned on college marching bands and choruses, but broke from tradition with a pop star actually past the peak of her genre. Diana Ross, Motown royalty, rose to the occasion in Detroit’s Silverdome Stadium, setting the standard for future performers.

There are three basic rules for a good national anthem vocal performance:

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[Official videos and post game details added]  The 2021 U.S. Open Tennis Tournament women’s singles semifinals were a pair of Cinderella stories,* but (in Sean Connery’s voice), in the end there can be only one. So, on Saturday evening two teenage girls met in the center court, Arthur Ashe Stadium, seeking not a glass slipper […]

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The Best and Worst of Sports

 

tennis over footballThursday, September 9, 2021, showed both the best and worst of professional sports. The NFL bullied and canceled a Black woman for daring to talk back and assert religious and bodily liberty over the lab-coat left’s lies. At the same time, the U.S. Open tennis tournament counter-programmed the NFL season opener with a double feature Cinderella story. In the end, there was far more entertainment value in the British and Canadian teen women of color on the Arthur Ashe Court than there was on some woke gridiron performance.

The NFL has gone defiantly woke, spitting in the face of American fans with every player’s uniform plastered with anti-American slogans, smearing us all as an irredeemably racist country. Mark Davis, DFW area Salem Radio host and Cowboys fan denounced the NFL’s finger-wagging smear of the fans. He then walked the walk by live-tweeting the wonderful tennis being played by young women who are committed to excellence, not ideology.

Diary of a Walker

 

Sunday, August 29, 7:15 pm Mountain Time:

My second walk in this shimmering, rain-washed day. I’d been reading on the deck and decided I had to see the horses grazing behind fences and breathe in the sprawling pasture a mile and a half down the road.

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As has become my wont, herein a brief play list, a sound track for your musings and inspiration towards posting on the September group writing theme: “Best and Worst.” You might well take from this the inspiration to post any of a number of other musical posts, in which the best and worst versions of […]

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This September we reflect on the best and worst. The events of 20 years ago, and the events of the past days, weeks, and months invite sober reflection. Ricochet members, founding or first time subscribers, AND especially the reticent or keyboard shy, are heartily encouraged to join in our group writing project this month. Each […]

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A Day in the Lives of Monsieur et Madame Mak Sean

 

They had her kneeling on the shore facing the water. “I was waiting for the blow” recounted my grandmother of that mid-December day in 1978. 

A few days before, grandma and several other women in the village were ordered to the river to make prohok, as it was prohok season. The morning of that fateful day, one of the women was granted permission to go home later in the day. Grandma stashed away three fish carcasses to send along with the woman to my mother and her siblings. Mom and her brothers could salt and grill them to eat in the morning, all in secret of course. The village official found out and the security force brought grandma to the shoreline. As recounted later by survivors, one method of single killing, if one lived near a river, was to bash the head or slash the throat of the victim and push him/her into the water (bullets were too valuable). Another method was to take the victim to the middle of the river and drown him/her (happened to the daughter of our family’s friends, her father watched quietly from the shore). 

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From notes taken on Monday, August 23, 2021 8:30am – Mondays are a jeans day, so that’s fun! I get to school and have about twenty minutes before students arrive for homeroom. I spend a good chunk of this time making two trips to the restroom in the hopes that I won’t have to go […]

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A Day in the Life of a Combat Diver Student or Yep I’m Wet Again…

 

I had just closed my eyes and opened them when it registered that one of my two roommates had left the light on.  I was just about to give them some serious what for and tell them to shut off the damn light.  Then I noticed one of them was donning his PT clothes.  I seemingly blinked and five hours were gone; it was time to get up.  I was in the middle of the Combat Diver Qualification Course (CDQC) week three.

Monday through Friday 0500 was first call, followed by a 0530 formation for Physical Training.  Every day, as we groggily went about getting our PT clothes on, our self-appointed morale team would slide their boombox (remember those?) into the hallway and hit play.  Canned Heat “Going Up Country” would blare down the hall and within a few seconds we’d all be dancing (it wasn’t pretty) and singing along.  Without fail in unison we’d all belt out the second stanza:  

‘A Day in the Life’ Movies

 

Group Writing themes help generate conversations that are not necessarily about politics or current events. For Augustour theme is “A day in the life.Movies that reflect this theme could be a straightforward telling of a tale in 24 hours, a slice of life. Here, however, are three movies in which a day is lived over and over: Groundhog Day, Run Lola Run, and Memento.

Groundhog Day. The 1993 movie with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell became a part of American culture, shifting the meaning of “Groundhog Day” from a day predicting the weather to an experiential loop, living the same day over and over. Bill Murray is in a sort of purgatory, working off his cynical, selfish disposition. The plot moves along because Murray wakes up remembering each past day, so is able to treat each 24 hours as an experiment. Groundhog Day is hard to dislike and safe for almost any audience.

Group Writing: The Little Snippets of Life

 

Last Saturday was a relaxing day for Mrs. Tim and me.  There was nothing pressing on the schedule, so we slept in a bit.  Our daughter (Offspring #3, Daughter #1, or her preferred title – The Favorite Child – TFC) had to be at the bakery at 0600, so she was gone before we got up.

After rising, we had a light breakfast, tea, and cereal for Mrs. Tim, coffee for me (prepared in advance by TFC), and perused the morning paper (an old habit that is hard to break).  We discussed some of the news items and did the Word  Jumble.  But the main topic of conversation was a September trip to two different nieces’ weddings, which were a week apart, the first in Colorado, the second in Virginia.  The exciting part is that we began firming up plans to stop and visit with our favorite Ricochet member (@she) along the way.  That made us pretty happy.

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Group Writing themes help generate conversations that are not necessarily about politics or current events. For August, our theme is “A day in the life.” All you need do is write a short post to start the conversation. Perhaps you could ask a question or two to get the conversation flowing. Here are a few tunes to accompany or stimulate […]

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