If I Ran The Holiday By Rus VanWestervelt Adapted from Dr. Seuss’ “If I Ran The Zoo” It’s a pretty good day, Said Billy Big Box Store. And the reason it’s around, Is loaded with good ‘lore. But if I ran the holiday, Said Billy Big Box Dee, I’d make a few changes, All … Continue reading If I Ran The Holiday – Adapted from Dr. Seuss in Honor of Black Friday
There certainly is a lot of hate in this world. At least, that's what I've noticed on the online forums at baltimoresun.com, patch.com, and (of course), Facebook and Twitter. As a teacher, I see it every day. Teens use social networking to bully, spew hatred, incite hating trends, and generally unleash a barrage of negative, … Continue reading Dear Haters: It’s Time to Recycle Your Energy
It is nearly 7:30 in the morning, and it is still quite dark outside despite the snow and icestorm that is passing through. I have been up for several hours now, writing and studying music. In other words, kindling the muse. There is a song by James Taylor off of the New Moon Shine … Continue reading Kindling the Muse
The following is a response to "Fleeting," a post written and shared with me by a good soul, Lindsay Amanda, whom I had the honor to work with four years ago. Lindsay, I am both proud and humbled by your work, and I know you will cease the fleet to live and love, at every … Continue reading RunSlamBreak: My Response to Lindsay Amanda
Campus Cabana swim team members celebrate a narrow home-meet victory against a rival pool. photo: Steve Killian, Towson, MD, July 2011 A string of penalties and punishments associated with unsportsmanlike behavior, both locally and nationally, has crossed our news feeds recently, sparking spirited debates in backyards, school parking lots, and online forums. The point of … Continue reading It’s Not About You: Throwing the Red Flag on Unsportsmanlike Conduct
photo: rus vanwestervelt, 23 october 2011, river chase farm, aldie, va Well, I did it again, and I couldn't be happier about it. Not only did I leave Facebook and Twitter, I stopped my usual rounds of catching up on the latest football news, rankings, and predictions on the local news sites, not to mention … Continue reading Back in the Bliss
On the surface, I should be really excited about this ever-evolving global explosion with writing. In fact, the statistics are nothing short of staggering. In February 2011, The Nielsen Company documented over 156 million public blogs in existence. In 2009, 1.5 trillion text messages were sent or were received (dhtech.com). According to Facebook's statistics page (accessed … Continue reading We Are Writing More Than Ever, Or Are We?