Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Week in Seven Words #31

chalk
It's been a while since I've seen a blackboard in use for an entire lesson or talk. I've gotten used to Powerpoint slides, to projectors and overheads, to occasional equations on whiteboard with marker - but chalk and blackboard, in a funny way I've missed it: the clack of the chalk on the board, dust rising from the erasers, all kinds of hand-writing from large and legible to white loopy scrawls that make you squint and tilt your head to the side.

clamant
The week is full of relatively major obligations, and pushing up among them are minor ones as well, like weeds thrusting up between paving stones.

din
The children enjoy the plastic and metal instruments. The parents, not so much.

dissatisfied
A pink cupcake is an occasion for tears.

frothing
Weather reporters post themselves along the coast, against backdrops of agitated surf and twisting branches.

succulent
Mineola is tangy and bursts in the mouth. Sabra fruit has a sweet flesh and tiny hard seeds that try to burrow between the teeth.

timely
An item arrives in the mail earlier than expected. With some last-minute assistance, a project prints on schedule. I catch someone I need to speak to in a two-minute window after a meeting. Small slices of time fit neatly into the week, making the week's work more manageable.

6 comments:

naida said...

welcome back from your holiday!
chalk and blackboard seem sooo old school now...lol.
Great post, I can relate to clamant.

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John Hayes said...

Din & dissatisfied are both so wonderful--& chalk is such an interesting observation. Sorry to be so late in getting to these!

Crafty Green Poet said...

hope you had a good break! When I taught in Malawi, chalk was so important!

HKatz said...

chalk and blackboard seem sooo old school now
But they can be useful learning tools, really :)

Din & dissatisfied are both so wonderful--
Din and dissatisfied are still ringing in my ears, days later... while making me smile too.

When I taught in Malawi, chalk was so important!
I'm going to look around your blog to see if you've written about your time in Malawi...

Thanks for stopping by!

Relyn said...

I love that you enjoyed your chalkboard lecture. I often find myself nostalgic for chalkboards, record players, Polaroids...

HKatz said...

I often find myself nostalgic for chalkboards, record players, Polaroids...
I know; there's a charm to all of those things.