Dirk In Portland

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2 thoughts on “Dirk In Portland”

  1. I’m reading this and thinking “hey, it’s alright to just flow somedays after all.” These past two weeks, I’ve been taking series of pictures from the Big Pictures series http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/ and just showing my kids what all the fuss is with the volcano (high interest due to exchanges with German students that were almost affected by the no-fly) as well as signs of spring (finally getting in gear out here in central Wisconsin). We generally spend a good 20-30 minutes whenever a good series of pictures comes out and I’ve been feeling guilty about it because it feels like I’m “punting” by just describing and riffing on all the pictures.
    I say “punting” because my students are giving me all the signs that they’re “getting away” with keeping me off topic away from something that looks more responsibly productive, and I think I’ve accepted that vibe from them uncritically and felt guilty. But reading through Dirk’s wild ride, I was first jealous, and then recognized that hey–that’s what is happening for me with those picture series. That vibe wasn’t “let’s stay off-task” but rather “hey, this is interesting enough for us to invest in”, and I am able to effortlessly stay in German and get it back from them as well. Thanks for the example; I feel much better!

  2. Nathan thanks for that site. To have a big picture of something currently happening in the world dismantles entirely any argument that storytelling is complex. How hard is it to talk about a picture? I especially like that it is non-fiction. We can all start more of what Dirk has been doing.

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