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Daily Prompt: My Blogs as Personal or Public Space.


Daily Prompt: Personal Space

To what extent is your blog a place for your own self-expression and creativity vs. a site designed to attract readers? How do you balance that? If sticking to certain topics and types of posts meant your readership would triple, would you do it?

I think this is why I have created so many different blogs.  Each has a topic of it’s own.  Everything from our product lines to Humor, Cooking and the Daily Prompt where I seem to give my two cents worth whether it is along the lines of the prompt or not.

My readership has not tripled by doing certain topics as I actually get more readers on my Daily Prompt than I do even on my cooking blogs.

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Perhaps I am not hearing this blog prompt clearly enough.

Here are what some other Daily Prompt Writers had to say:

  1. Reflections on My Blog | Storm In A B-Cup
  2. Daily Prompt: Personal Space | The Blogging Path
  3. The road ahead of me. | Phelio a Random Post a Day
  4. I Run the Blog, The Blog Does Not Run Me | Never Stationary
  5. On the couch. | Hope* the happy hugger
  6. Blog for Blog’s sake | Daily Prompt: Personal Space | likereadingontrains
  7. Daily Prompt: Personal Space | Of Glass & Paper
  8. DP: personal space | The Escape
  9. Daily Prompt: My Personal Space | Creative Mysteries
  10. A Space for my Own | بيسان
  11. Sms: Friend, Be True To Yourself | Wise Counsel
  12. Daily Prompt: Personal Space : “Confused” | SEVEN Hundred 50
  13. Needing Personal Space | Misifusa’s Blog
  14. I still feel like an Alien | STAIN
  15. Mischief Managed | Tommia’s Tablet
  16. Daily Prompt: Personal Space | The Jittery Goat
  17. Daily Prompt: Personal Space | Infinitely
  18. I Yam What I Yam « Sorta-Ginger
  19. Daily Promt: Personal Space « Mama Bear Musings
  20. Freedom of Expression | Sofistikeyted

I could not stop at one blog…if I had it would have been full by now.

Tammye Honey


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Daily Prompt: Having a Critical Eye


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Daily Prompt: Critical Eye

Write about the subject you usually blog about as if you were a music critic.

I do not brag to know how to be a music critic.  My hubby says I have that look…that critical eye that says it all without saying a word.  That is not what I think that they meant here.

I decided to go and acquire some assistance on this matter and http://www.iup.edu/honors/page.aspx?id=27011 was more than kind to furnish me with all  of the material that I hope I will need.

Writing a Music Critique

What Is a Critique?

A critique analyzes, interprets, describes, and evaluates an event, answering the questions: “How? Why? How well?” A critique does not have to be entirely negative; it may be positive, negative, or a combination of the two.

The object of this exercise is to listen to music with a discriminating ear. This does not mean that you cannot also enjoy the experience as well. A good critic walks into an event with an open mind, seeking to gain insight through a particular performance. There is also a human side of being a critic. Although your critique will not be read by the performers, you should always keep in mind that there are real people involved who in most cases have put forth their best efforts. Not withstanding, an honest critique can also be a source for valuable, constructive suggestions.

When writing your critique, please include the following:

Introduce the titles of the piece(s), composers, place of performance, date of performance, and performers involved. If it is an operatic, musical, or vocal performance, include the text’s authors as well as a brief description of the plot (if known).

How Do I Write a Critique?

The very nature of music resists attempts to verbalize it—that said, when doing analysis, avoid overly sentimental, “precious” description of musical events, as they just take the place of more serious discussion.

Avoid the “one thing after another” or “listing” approach to writing—that is, always reporting the musical events in the order in which they occur (i.e., the first movement does A, B, and C, and then the second movement does D, E, F, etc.)

You may critique the performers, conductor, organization of the event, and even the audience.

Instead, try and answer the following questions:

  1. What was your overall reaction to the performance?
  2. What was the strongest element of the performance?
  3. What was the weakest element of the performance?
  4. Was the event well-organized? Was there any element of the performance that detracted from your concentration or enhanced it?
  5. If the performance is vocal, how did the text correspond with the music? Did the music communicate the text effectively?
  6. If the performance was purely instrumental, what visual images and/or emotions might have been conveyed by the music? Did the music communicate effectively?
  7. If there was a conductor, did you feel the conductor communicated his or her interpretation of the music to the players and the audience?

In addition, a simple method of describing the actual music itself is SHMRG: Sound, Harmony, Melody, Rhythm, and Growth (texture/formal structure). Even though many of you are not Music majors, you can list one thing about all or a few of these items that caught your attention. Since our minds cannot retain all that our ears hear in most cases, focus on a few key events and hold on to them as the music unfolds.

Some helpful hints:

  1. Listen to the pieces in advance. The Music Library has an enormous collection of recordings, and the Classical Music Library or Naxos database, available on the IUP Libraries website, is also a good resource.
  2. Read the program notes while waiting for the performance to start.
  3. Choose the right seat—usually the back of the floor section or the front portion of the balcony are the best acoustical places to sit.

According to http://www.iup.edu/honors/page.aspx?id=96803 writing has very easy concepts to follow:

Writing requires a thinking process. Most of the problems students have with college writing are not matters of grammar and punctuation, but are matters of learning how to think critically, how to generate ideas, to organize, and to support those ideas with concrete, specific evidence. Your own experiences are important in thinking and writing, but most college writing involves relating your experiences and thinking to the important ideas of others. In this course, reading and thinking about other people’s ideas is part of the course. Responding in both an affective (meaning “in the realm of the emotions”) and a disciplined, critical way to the important ideas of what we read is part of the writing process.

Revising and learning to edit are a major part of the writing process, even for experienced professionals. You will have a chance to revise the paper after it has been peer edited and read by your unit professor. The final paper grade will be based on your final revision. Individual conferences with professors contribute to student growth as writers. In addition to two scheduled conferences per semester, we invite you to come in any time you need help. Unit papers are only one of the ways in which writing is incorporated into the core courses. Writing instruction, pre-writing activities, journals, critical-reading exercises (including problem solving, some of it collaborative), group work, and conferences with faculty will be part of each unit.

Perhaps it is my lack of coffee this morning, I am not sure but I can’t seem to find my critical eye as I normally blog on food or daily prompts so I will go and find my eye and coffee while you can check out what the other great Daily Prompt Writers had to say:

  1. Ilya Fostiy. A Village | Inside My Glitching Mind
  2. I intentionally avoid music reviews | Daily Prompt: Critical Eye | likereadingontrains
  3. Daily Prompt: Critical Eye « Mama Bear Musings
  4. Rhapsody In Blue Turf | The Jittery Goat
  5. Daily Prompt: Critical Eye | JUkk
  6. Living in the moment: Dance to your own tune. (Daily Prompt-Critical Eye) | liveuntil
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Keep your eyes open, I may be back if I find the critical eye.
Tammye Honey


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Daily Prompt: My Opposite


Daily Prompt: The Bizarro World

In the DC comics universe, a planet called “Htrae” (“Earth” spelled backwards) is populated with bizarre versions of superheroes. A Seinfeld episode made the idea of this Bizarro World popular, where the characters encountered their opposite selves.

Craft a scene in which you meet an opposite version of yourself — or a story in a bizarre, backwards world.

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worldDyslexia is a broad terminology defining a learning disability that impairs a person’s fluency or comprehension accuracy in being able to read,[1] and which can manifest itself as a difficulty with phonological awarenessphonological decoding, processing speed, orthographic codingauditory short-term memory, language skills/verbal comprehension, and/or rapid naming.[2][3][4]That person and story would be one of a life without dyslexia.

Dyslexia is distinct from reading difficulties resulting from other causes, such as a non-neurological deficiency with vision or hearing, or from poor or inadequate reading instruction.[5][6] It is believed that dyslexia can affect between 5 and 10 percent of a given population although there have been no studies to indicate an accurate percentage.[7][8][9]

There are three proposed cognitive subtypes of dyslexia (auditory, visual and attentional), although individual cases of dyslexia are better explained by specific underlying neuropsychological deficits and co-occurring learning disabilities (e.g. attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, math disability, etc.).[8][10][11][12][13][14] Reading disability, or dyslexia, is the most common learning disability. Although it is considered to be a receptive language-based learning disability in the research literature, dyslexia also affects one’s expressive language skills.[15] Researchers at MITfound that people with dyslexia exhibited impaired voice-recognition abilities.[16]

Adult dyslexics can read with good comprehension, but they tend to read more slowly than non-dyslexics and perform more poorly at spelling and nonsense word reading, a measure of phonological awareness.[17] Dyslexia and IQ are not interrelated as a result of cognition developing independently.[18]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyslexia

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Now that the term has been clarified I can begin my quest…sorry still stuck on the letter Q lol…

To be able to read a magazine from the left to the right would be an interesting concept.  It is not how my brain functions.  My new person would have that ability.  To be able to blog without making constant changes in words would also be interesting.  I am amazed that I can actually spell as well as I can.  My new person would be a genius with spelling words.

Creative thinking would come quickly and be far more enhanced.  The concepts and thought patterns that flow through my brain rapidly and constantly would be smooth and precise with the new person.

The ability to say what they should and not blurt as if they were suffering from ADD or Autism.  That is what I am like.  It just flows out of my mouth.  Not intentionally.

It can be very frustrating at times.  I have over the years learned how to control it.  My new person would have the full ability to be strong and have eloquent speech.

She would probably be boring and not funny at all, now that I think of it.  (Special note:  I went through regular classes in school.  They did not have the diagnoses and special classes that they do today.)

Again, I am what God made of me…I will stay like me…

No thank you Daily Prompt.  As difficult as it is to write daily, it is a blessing to be able to accomplish this task and I do enjoy it.

I will continue to be me.  I love that God decided that I will be my own person and I am here on Htrae for a reason.

Don’t we all have another side to us that does not always show?

 

Here is where other Daily Prompt Writers went with this prompt:

  1. Effy Stonem and I – Happy Alter Ego Day | Never Stationary
  2. Daily Prompt: The Bizarro World Super Hero | Lines by Linda
 Since I blog so early in the morning you will have to check back to see what other bloggers did with this prompt throughout the day.

Have a great day,

Tammye Honey and yenoH eymmaT


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Daily Prompt: Speaking to High School Alma Mater


Daily Prompt: Alma Mater

You’ve been asked to speak at your high school alma mater — about the path of life. (Whoa.) Draft the speech.

Since my graduation class was so large, this is a far cry from my being the “Chosen One” to be doing this speech.  I did not come into Herkimer Senior High School in Herkimer New York until my Tenth year.  I did participate in sports.  However, the wind had been cut from my sails and I did not have the drive that I had in my previous high school where I was active in sports, chorus, the theater and other groups.

I had been pulled in the middle of my tenth year.  I landed in the hospital for three months for an exploratory surgery that went bad.  I had a stomach pump and two IV’s which I dragged along in the hospital corridors for exercise.  I had a tutor to try and keep my school work up till I returned after Spring break.

I was not out to win any popularity contests.  I was simply there to finish out my few years and get into college.  Something that was put on hold for me till my two daughters were much older and I was divorced.

My words of advice.  Do not put your dreams on hold.

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Follow your dreams but be sure that they are realistic and are true to yourself.  Do not try and do something that is going to come back and make you shoot yourself in the foot later.

I appreciate having waited to go to college later in life.  Yes I was older in my class.  So was everyone else in my early morning classes.  I was able to get good grades and was able to get a good job on campus as a tutor to help supplement my costs of college.

Appreciate your skills and do not be afraid to think outside of the box for what you want in life.

Go after your dreams.  They are not going to come knocking at your door and come looking for you.

What would you say to your alma mater if you had the chance?

Would love to hear…

Here are what some of the early bird daily prompt writers had to say on the subject:

  1. Daily Prompt: Alma Mater « Mama Bear Musings
  2. The path of life | Taking time, making time

Tammye Honey

 


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Daily Prompt: Teachable Moment Is All About Hands On


Daily Prompt: Teachable Moment

by michelle w. on February 10, 2013

You have to learn a new skill. Do you prefer to read about it, watch someone else do it, hear someone describe it, or try it yourself?

Not only am I a “Hands on Learner”, I also teach the same way.  This post is just above two about my newest student.  It fits in so nicely.

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There was a time back in the stone ages when I was just going through a divorce and could not afford to have plumbers, carpenters or electricians coming to the house to fix things.  So, I went to the local B.O.C.E.S. and took a Basic Electronics I & II Course.  If some basic wiring went wrong in the house or I had to change an outlet, a switch or  wanted to upgrade a lamp I could.

The local hardware store was wonderful.  They were only a phone call away.  My plumbing woes were solved.  I would walk in with a diagram of what was wrong and what I needed with the measurements and they would talk me through it with all the supplies.  If I hit a glitch when I got home, the speaker phone was on speed dial.

Since I did not own a car and had a really long driveway and an empty garage, a friend of mine asked if I would like to make some extra cash.  Hmm. Single mom, two teenage daughters and lots of formal dances to go to… First question, what am I doing? Second Question, Is it totally legal?

He changed out engines and his hands were so big that it was difficult to get into different areas.  I was his extra pair of hands.  With a set of overhauls and hair in a hat, I climbed into the truck.  With a can of WD40, I could loosen anything and get into the areas that were tiny with my long fingers.

When my daughters were older, I found myself going back to college as I needed some type of degree to get a decent job.  To work while I was going to school was difficult.  I decided to tutor while going to school.  I was supposed to tutor Anatomy and Physiology however, I found myself tutoring Computer 101 and English as well as Spanish.

Now I am taking my domestic skills and teaching others with a hands on approach.

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Let me know what you think about how you learn and what style works for you.  Please take the time to answer the poll so that the readers can see the results.

Don’t forget to check out the other Word Press Daily Prompt Writers:

How do YOU learn? « Being Special

Daily Post: Teachable Moment | tel-uh-vizh-uh-ner-ee

Studying New Skills In Sign Language « DiaryCube

Daily Prompt: Teachable Moment | The Gozum Show

If You Can Read About It – You Can Read | The Jittery Goat

Learning time ! « Spunky Wayfarer

DP: Teachable Moment « Life of Me and Mine

Getting your hands dirty « Master Of Disaster

Prestidigitation | One for the Big Guy.. sometimes.

Teachable Moments « Q the Adult

Learning to Learn. « ayimas

Teachable Moment « Now Writing Every Day

Teachable Moment | Liquid Matthew’s Development Blog

Daily Prompt: Teachable Moment | Rolbos ©

Teachable Moment « The Tarot Alchemist

Thank you for reading and Thank You so much for the wonderful words of support.

Tammye Honey