Category Archives: creativity

PAD #21: Wild Turkey Haiku

A recent addition to the Digital Public Library of America is access to John James Audobon’s Birds of America. An amazing collection and in the public domain.

I decided to do a second Haiku but skip the app and just use Preview. I’m finding that I can do a lot with this free Mac tool.

We love wild turkeys…you see flocks in the fields and we have watched a couple families grow up on the farm.

Wild Turkey

PAD #20: Butterflies & Hanzi

This week fell apart sometime on Monday afternoon, I think, due to late winter/early spring snows. My keynotes were postponed and the weekend meeting was cancelled. Honest to goodness snow days even though we didn’t actually have snow, just the rest of the world, it seems.

I took a bit of a break from the routines of life…finished up the to do list as much as I could, watched West Wing reruns and crocheted, and was a little surprised when I opened the blog to find that I had not done a postcard all week. I *did* mail some postcards to people from #clmooc using an online service that made it easy. So, there’s that…

In the spirit of meditation, I am just going to begin again and may or may not get caught up. For now, I used the #marchdoodle #clmooc prompt from March 20: butterflies and quickly found this lovely piece of writing. I cannot read it but it doesn’t really matter. I was going to doodle on it myself but (re)discovered the Haiku app on my iPad and wrote a poem instead. It occurred to me that I have turned the corner from using other peoples’ words on the postcards to using my own. This was fun and easy so I may do a series.



PAD #18: Tell Their Story

I’ve been browsing the Digital Public Library of America’s Women in Science Collection and found this interesting photo titled, Chemistry class – women’s from the Atlanta University, Robert Woodruff Library. The description says that these are unidentified students in a chemistry class. I think it would be a great prompt for students to learn more about science education for both women and African American women in particular. The date range is 1862 – 1923. Who are these students? Where might be they be studying chemistry?

Chemistry Class Postcard