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03/21/20 05:40 PM #1636    


Alan A. Alop

03/21/20 06:29 PM #1637    

Stewart Myrent

Alan, thank you so much for the drawing of the American & Canadian mice focusing their attention on UCLA, where, as you note, they have developed a cure for "mice", or should it be "mouse" cancer.  I particularly like the Canadian mouse, as you made sure he was easy to spot.  I, personally think the "EH" voice bubble would have been enough to do the job, but, you were particularly helpful with the arrow & label. Thanks for passing it on. 

03/21/20 10:47 PM #1638    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

This is not a snow day -
we are in a new normal, 
that brings fear and isolation.
Special thanks to classmates,
who, when the mandate is to "stay home"
when social distancing is not what we'd choose,
think of us, and reach out on the Forum.


03/23/20 01:36 PM #1639    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

We're a long way from being out of the woods,
we're not yet into the woods.

Take care and be well.  
The pandemic is accelerating.
We know the drill, be vigilant.

Coronavirus, like glitter, is (almost) impossible to remove.


03/23/20 04:52 PM #1640    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

There is NO end date to a virus. This is a health crisis. 

There is mounting frustration and outrage fatigue.

Trump signed The Defense Protection Act, but has not used it.  
He prefers to leave responsibility with the states as virus cases spike and states plea for federal help.  
States are bidding against FEMA, and against other states and countries for necessary medical equipment.


03/24/20 11:52 PM #1641    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

It's important that we listen to Dr Fauci -
The coronavirus will dictate the timeline.  

                STOP THE SPREAD.    
                                           SAVE LIVES.  
                                     STAY HOPEFUL.    
                    STAY SAFE.   


Coronavirus, like glitter, is (almost) impossible to remove.


03/26/20 03:01 PM #1642    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

In another reality,
today would have been MLB's Opening Day.   
Teams and players and fans are doing our part to stop the spread.  

Today was "Opening Day at Home"...
one day it will again be safe to play ball.


03/27/20 01:32 AM #1643    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)


Not all heroes wear capes.

Let's get PPE to our health care workers.


Coronavirus, like glitter, is (almost) impossible to remove.


03/27/20 11:02 AM #1644    


Holly Semiloff (Ciotti)

Hi, remember ancient high school? We got on the bus, arrived at West, deposited stuff in our lockers, went to classes, bla, bla.  Well, after 36 years of teaching NORMAL high school English in Glendale CA (AP Language, AP Literature, English 10) I have to start ALL OVER with distance teaching/learning.  I am using Screencast to record stupid little videos to the kids; I am figuring out Hangouts Meetings so my AP Lit classes (like 75 kids!) can meet and discuss Matthew Arnold's "Dover Beach"; I am posting Google Doc's on Google Classroom so the AP Language kids can write an essay analyzing a letter Abigail Adams wrote her son in the 1770s.  

And I can do it all in sweat pants and sweat shirts.  I don't even have to brush my teeth (although my dad, rest his dentist bones, would disapprove), and I don't have to wait for the bell to ring to dash to the "restroom."  And I can eat chocolate the whole damn day if I feel like it.  

I should be sooooooo happy. 


But I'm not.  I miss the kids, those sneaky, lazy, show-offy, loud-mouthed, complaining teenagers that I have faced for 36 years.  (I even have a student in 10th grade whose father I had about 25 years ago -- the kid is failing English, alas.)

And the kids miss school; it's the center of their social life.  As some of the college acceptances come in, instead of a great big hug, they get a great big ---- email.

My dog, on the other hand, has never been happier.  I am around all day!!!



03/27/20 06:00 PM #1645    

Stewart Myrent

Holly, I'm somewhat surprised (although, maybe I shouldn't be) to hear that you have 75 students in your AP Lit class.  Seems like quite a few to me.  Or is that the norm today - 75 kids in a class?  Or is your AP Lit class that popular?  BTW, I have read 2, maybe 3, biographies of John & Abigail Adams & I have to say that Abigail Adams was one of the greatest letter writers in American history.  "Remember the ladies", she exhorted her husband & his constitutional convention cronies.  Also, be very glad that the dog is so happy, because he doen't have a clue as to why you're home all day & really doesn't care why.

03/28/20 07:27 AM #1646    


Ronald I. Zager

Stewart,  Could those 75 students be in three (or four) different sections?  I doubt that they all meet at the same time in the same room.

03/28/20 11:30 AM #1647    


Holly Semiloff (Ciotti)

Ha, ha, no I don't have 75 kids in one class!! This year I have three classes of AP Lit, but if I post a rich and robust discussion question, all the Lit kids would have access to it, and they could all respond to each other.  (Just thinking of it makes me dizzy.)  I think there is a feature on Google Classroom where I can have each period's kids reply only to each other -- oh for petesake, why am I going on about this???

Yes, Abigail Adams was a prolific and very articulate letter writer, and "remember the ladies" was in a letter to John while she was home, bossing the servants around, and he was off in Philadelphia (I think).  I introduced a little analysis of the word "ladies" a few years ago -- What's the difference in connotation between "lady" and "woman" ?  My years studying linguistics creeps into just about everything I teach.



03/28/20 12:49 PM #1648    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Brava Holly!  Please share the connotative difference between "lady" and "woman".


03/28/20 01:40 PM #1649    


Nancy Doyle (Sudlow)

Love your posts, Holly!

03/28/20 02:31 PM #1650    

Stewart Myrent

Holly, thank you for the clarification on the class size.  I am so relieved to hear our educational system has not devolved to the point where 75 students is the new norm for class size.  I am very interested, though, in the connotations of "woman" & "lady", as I always try to be very precise in my language.  To me, "woman" has really no connotation & simply refers to the gender of an individual.  "Lady", on the other hand, is loaded with connotations, mainly to imply "propriety", "dignified behavior", "class", "honesty" & so much more.  On the rare occasion I might have to address a group of teen or pre-teen girls, I usually refer to them as "ladies".  First, it makes them feel more grown up.  Second, I believe there is a certain implied expectation, expecting them to behave like "ladies".  And third, there is the implication that soon, they will become "ladies", as opposed to just "women", or something hideously worse.  

03/28/20 02:49 PM #1651    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Stewart, "I am woman" and prefer reference to "women".  
The greeting: "Ladies and Gentlemen" occurs in social venues.

I've seen side-by-side restrooms labeled "Men" & "Girls" in high schools.

What's the message when we hear about the ladies and the men?


03/29/20 01:15 PM #1652    


Holly Semiloff (Ciotti)

The nuances of lady/woman/girl are too volumnious to toss around in an email, and I'm no language maven --(actually, we are all language mavens; we just don't THINK about langauge we use.  It's a tool more than an aesthetic.)  When we talk about lady/woman/girl in class it's not for political purposes (I keep those under wraps), but it's to get kids to become more aware of WORD CHOICE, and that doesn't just refer to writing essays (yawn), but to the everyday living, breathing use of language.

I recall , with emabarrassment, a phone call I overheard my mother have, back in 1962 or so.  "So, Betty, what are your plans this week?  How about Tuesday?  Oh, wait, that's the day the girl comes.  How's Thursday?  What day does your girl come?"  (This is historical reconstruction, not a verbatim recollection.)  But you get the drift: an African American female schlepped up to Lincolnwood, probably taking 3 buses, to clean our house on Tuesdays, and my mother referred to her as "girl."  Your mom, too?  'fess up.

Was my mother a racist?

Lesson #1:  all languages change over time.  Some change faster than others, but all languages change.  Which brings us to slang, the most ephemeral (and delightful) of all language uses. Remember we used to say something was groovy?  A many-faceted word, and worth its weight in gold, but ONLY until our parents started using it also.  Then, boom, it was passe, gone.  Wlhy?  Because slang defines a group (cool youthful) and when someone from outside the group has the audacity to use it, it's an outrage!  Once my mother said something was "groovy," that was it; I probably never used it again.

So with lady/woman/girl.  The nuanced meanings come and go, rise and fall with history, with economics, with geography, with everything that affects language.  And today with gender being so, well, fluid in many ways, the ink on this email makes all this OLD before it's in cyberspace.

Used to be, if a female was an doctor, would she be a "lady doctor" or a "woman doctor"?  (Fortunately today this wouldn't even come up, but barely 50 years ago, it sure did.)

"Lady" suggests politeness?  What about "ladies of the street"?  And what was go great about acting "lady-like"?  the subtext was to act docile, quiet, sit with legs crossed at the ankles, soft voice, doe-eyes.  Oi vey.

But we also have/had the "woman's movement"  Woman's liberation, not ladies' liberation.  OK, back to Abigail Adam's exhortation to John to "not forget the ladies."  That was the historical word at the time. If she had written "not to forget the women,"  John would have wondered why his cultured wife was being so crass.

Gotta go, time for my morning six-feet-from-anyone walk in the neighborhood.



03/29/20 02:06 PM #1653    


Beverlee Ann Arpan (Marshall)

I agree with Stewart that the word woman just refers to the (adult) female gender, whereas the word lady implies so much more.   Some men and women are introduced as "Ladies and Gentlemen" , which  implies propriety, dignified behavior, and class, instead of "Women and Men".  Then there are those who prefer to think of themselves in terms of just gender, not having a very good opinion of themselves, or anyone else.  I consider my friends, "Ladies and Gentlemen".. 

03/29/20 02:26 PM #1654    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

So kewl, Holly.  
Thanks for exploring the nuanced meanings of lady/woman/girl.  

Have a good walk...
hope you're back on the Forum to share more when you see the interest you've unleashed... "Ancient high school classmates" miss school, we want to connect.


03/29/20 05:11 PM #1655    


Jack Edmund Bookwalter

All this talk about "ladies" vs."women" reminds me of "Ladies Against Women", a satirical street theater troup that used to parade around the Bay Area in the 80s. The "Ladies" would wear ruffled dresses, white gloves, pillbox hats, the whole bit. They pamphleted and chanted "Eliminate the gender gap -- repeal the Ladies vote!(babies not ballots!).It was a clever way of protesting the prominence of Phyllis Schafly and her ilk. Zoom to 2020 and I am noticing that many politically aware women in Portland are referring to themselves as "womxn", presumably because the word woman is tainted by the word man in it. Can any of you, uh,ladies explain how us men (or anyone) are supposed to pronounce WOMXN? (This may be just a loony Portland thing that has a short shelf-life...I'm hoping).

03/30/20 11:58 AM #1656    

Stewart Myrent

Jack, I was laughing my ass off, at your last post, because, first of all, I was totally unaware of the street theater troupe called "Ladies Against Women" (which is hilarious, for starters) & also unaware of the "womxn" movement.  I was so glad you asked all the "ladies" out there to explain how to pronounce "womxn", because that is the first thing, of course, I thought of, when I saw the word the first time.  I also thought that (babies not ballots!) was equally hilarious.  Thanks for passing that stuff on. 

03/30/20 12:37 PM #1657    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

In this time, let's talk mutuality.  
Let's flatten the curve.  
It's time for team players,
it's all about partnership.

03/30/20 07:26 PM #1658    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)


      AMERICAN GOTHIC  2020    


03/30/20 07:45 PM #1659    

Stewart Myrent

Janis, I can relate to the updated "American Gothic", but why did they leave the pitchfork in the front yard, as opposed to bringing it indoors? Did they have to retreat to the indoors very quickly, as in an emergency? Just wondering.

03/30/20 07:55 PM #1660    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Social distancing is a privilege.  
It means you live in a house large enough to practice it.

Hand washing is a privilege.  
It means you have running water.

Hand sanitizers are a privilege...
  you have money to buy them.

Lockdowns are a privilege...
  you can afford to be at home.


Coronavirus, like glitter, is (almost) impossible to remove.


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