I've been rushing around remembering my get-ready-for-school routine these days. And, it's been really nice to be back in a school full of kids. We are all settling nicely and finding our grooves.
This past week, I spent some time as a writing student with writing prompts from professor-poet, Dr. Sarah Donovan's Open Write at Ethical ELA. Saturday's guest writer, Gayle Sands, provided a prompt that encouraged poets to find an uncommon word from Merriam-Webster and use it as a prompt. Fun!
Gayle also provided a great word tool that I'm new to...but I love and hope to use with students next week:
The result of my learning was enthusiasm for new words and ideas for teaching and learning with students I'm now meeting. This is a win-win!
Definition: of or relating to pigeons
Pigeons get short-shrift in our stable of avian metaphors. We speak of someone with fine eyesight as eagle-eyed, and hawk lends itself to a variety of words (hawk-like, hawkish, etc.), but rarely do we compare anyone to the humble, intelligent pigeon. Truth be told, it is unlikely that you have a distinct need to use this word anytime soon, but if it happens we want you to be prepared.Besides the poor, who, to misquote a scriptural phrase, are always in evidence, and the scarlet fever epidemic, which, thank goodness, is abating, London at this writing has a congress of the National Society of French Professors, an exhibition of the National Peristeronic Society and a fog—a fog with a big F.
— The Boston Herald, 29 Jan. 1888
|Horydczak, Theodor, Approximately, photographer. Birds. Pigeons feeding on sidewalk. ca. 1920-ca. 1950. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2019683680/>.|
a nodding amble
quizzical sideways gambol
breadcrumb to breadcrumb
to any edible gift
(c) Linda Mitchell