New Virtual Space, New Creative Space.

I decided to clean my home office now that the holidays are over and there isn’t a stream of junk coming in and out of  the house, with a layover in my office.

So I moved my sewing junk out and in to the spare room, soon to be occupied by my 91 year-old Gram for a while. and organized my school junk.  There is still some Christmas junk in here but I’ll take care of that soon enough.

It started like this …


Then I moved some junk around and sat and stared at this for a while. Say Hello to Obi.


Then by some miracle, it looks like this now.


Say Hello to Pretty Girl and my nice, clean office.  Obi’s hiding there under the desk, too.  What a creeper.

And now to grade, which is actually why I did this in the first place.  My desk was a nightmare.  At least now it’s in contained piles of nightmare.

And I’ve already found this gem in the stack of AP essays I’m grading: “According to William Blake, industry is the catalyst for the destruction of innocence.” It’s in response to the College Board’s 2005 Free Response, Question 1:

The poems below, published in 1789 and 1794, were written by William Blake in response to the condition of chimney sweeps. Usually small children were forced inside chimneys to clean their interiors. Read the two poems carefully. Then, in a well-written essay, compare and contrast the two poems, taking into consideration the poetic techniques Blake uses in each.

It’s my favorite poetry prompt to assign, other than “Crossing the Swamp.”  That one’s up next. Can’t wait!


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