Good Morning Slicers on our last Sunday together,
Back home, over the Hudson the rain is falling but it’s spring warm. It’s hard to believe that I woke up yesterday, in a lovely old hotel in Northampton, MA at 5AM and got writing when I knew that more sleep would be a lost cause. I wondered, could I get through the day with just a few hours of sleep? After a full morning and part of an afternoon, I’d be back on the road driving home solo for 2-3 hours.
Well, it’s clear that I did make it back, with time to spare before Tuvia and I headed out to spend the evening with good friends. We even celebrated Earth Day in candle light from 8:30-9:30. Very romantic but I probably napped a bit when no one (but Tuvia) was watching.
Back to Northampton…
Yesterday Kevin and I met face-to-face which is always a pleasure. This time our charge was to bring our sites even closer together by forging a tech team to include members of both sites. Steve is on board from Hudson Valley and Tina and Mary joined in from WM. Of course we will be hunting for two more members, but for now it was wonderful to come together with yet, a new project, a new challenge for our technology lives.
A new ning group, maybe two will be created for our Ianthology– a way for members of our writing sites and others in New England and New York (the tri-state area) to come together after our summer institutes end, to continue to share writing for feedback in a safe and supportive community.
We are challenged to offer what the Eanthology begins during the SI’s. It’s a big challenge but just beginning together and presenting our plan to a the New England Writing Project during the weekend retreat yesterday morning was exhilarating. We were met with enthusiasm and deep thinking. The conversation allowed us to consider what we would need to provide the sites with when the project was scheduled to begin in August.
It’s not like we won’t get support from the National Writing Project. As I finish this slice I will be sending off an email to the director of the Eanthology asking about the methods used in providing feedback.
Seems like the National Writing Project always opens the door for new challenges. It was just too bad we couldn’t spend more time partiicpating with the NEWP. But time is always an issue and creating this new team was our priority because as we all know, there’s nothing like face-to-face connections.
In the picture above. you can find three SLICERS: Kevin, Tina and Bonnie, just building on Slicing’s virtual friendships in our daily Slice of Life challenge offered to us by Two Writing Teachers.