English 1B, Wednesday 5/13/20

6-6:10pm:  How are you…?  What have you been writing for yourself?

6:10-6:20pm:  Narrative final drafts?  How do you feel?  How do you want the reader to feel?

6:20-6:45:  ALL IRBY… What did you think?  What about her writing and ideas do you most value as a reader?

6:45-7pm:  Your notes on Irby…. What did you find yourself noting most?

7-7:07pm:  BREAK

7:07-7:20pm:  Journal entries, OPEN MIC

7:20-7:40pm:  I have an idea, as to how to end this semester…. It will be a “take-home”, even though we’re all locked in our bloody homes so that’s a moot qualifier….. I’m asking for logical responses and ideas here… what do you want to write about for your final?

7:40-7:50pm:  What have you learned about yourself while being “sheltered”-in-place?

7:50-8pm:  Closing… thoughts… tonight’s page.

HW:  Final reaction to Irby, TYPED…   That is, your final assessment of her work.  If you want, add onto what you’ve already typed..

Final Prompts will be emailed to you before next class, and you will have three days to complete.

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  1. mikemadigan says:

    THE FINAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please offer ideas or I will just pick my own prompts. Not that they will be unpleasant, but contribute y’all!!!!! ❤

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    1. -Pick 2 of our authors to compare/contrast against.
      -Write on a “style” of writing for a particular writer

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  2. ryan hernandez says:

    Topics for final?
    – perspective on any topic
    – hobbies, things you hate
    – fears, dreams
    – stories based off emotion

    Just to add to the list of works that are the author’s story

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Focus on the authors, Ryan!!!!

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  3. Ashley Bell says:

    One idea for the final would be to write about how we feel about this pandemic and how it has affected us, how it has changed us. I feel like we can all relate to this topic and be able to write plenty about it .

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  4. Amy Bell says:

    I’m feeling drawn to writing something for a final prompt that is narrative/reflective and descriptive to an extent. But also with analysis and critical thinking. I think that would be the best way to “quantify” the improvement of our writing skills. This idea is super vague, but I’m just throwing it out there.

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    1. kielyrowe says:

      Yes Amy love this idea because I really feel like my writing has improved this semester

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        Cheers, Kiely.

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  5. jacob heintz says:

    We could maybe write about some quality that we felt connected all four of the authors we read.

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  6. ryan hernandez says:

    maybe writing about your own personal story, and how it connects or is similar to one of the authors?

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  7. mikemadigan says:

    How about this… Narrative should accomplish ONE singular thing before anything else. What is that, to you?

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    1. peacheymaddie says:

      the narrative should accomplish telling a story. It needs to be clear and convey a thought or idea.

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        Save that for if it becomes one of the prompts!!!

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    2. jacob heintz says:

      Oh and we would like use supporting quotes from the authors that we read and stuff?

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    3. Olivia peachey says:

      I like that. Narrative could accomplish humor as the one thing, or the one singular thing could be relatability..

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  8. shantiadams says:

    Final

    how we have related/felt during the writing of the past 2-3 authors we have read

    how irby writes and why

    ??

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  9. jacob heintz says:

    Or maybe have us all read each-others narrative then ‘grade’ them, or in some way connect them to one of the authors

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Too hard if we’re not in class.. sorry.

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    2. It’s a great idea, but the execution is difficult with this COVID shit

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  10. ryan hernandez says:

    what author would you be best friends with and why?
    which author needs to be thrown in the trash?
    who was the best author and why

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Like 1 and 3… second prompt NO.

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      1. ryan hernandez says:

        hahaha I had to add for effect

        hope I spelled effect right

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    2. Olivia peachey says:

      haha these are funny, but I feel like we could write a lot with these!

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  11. Karen Casas says:

    topic: If pursued a goal knowing that you would fail would you follow it? and is failing at it actually succeeding ?

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  12. Open Mic:
    Oh man Oregon? SF? Abroad??? I need to make up my mind. I wanna leave this whole place forever. Travel? I like the thought of moving around with no end in sight. Constant movement feeds a restless mind. Might just be the quarantine speaking. I’m not sure. I mean i don’t want to become a white savior or something. I want to live in a small town or maybe in a trailer. There’s this woman named Blanche who lives in a trailer, makes her own cheese, and travels all around the world. She’s been all over Europe and I want that more than anything. My dad used to do small jobs for her and she became very dear to us. We went to visit her in her trailer a while back and I loved every second of it. She’s surrounded by plants and lives to make her own life as free as she can. She paints in her trailer all day and makes organic food for her own consumption. Her old house was probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever been too. Her back yard was paradise. Tall well cared plants, redwood trees, bees, a pond. The whole area smelled of lavender and wood. She had this study with a sunroof and a hammock. The room was very white and reeked of old lady. But I loved that place more than anything. She used to have frozen chocolate chip cookies and I would eat them all day while running around her backyard feeding the chickens talking to my mom bout issues my 6 year old brain deemed important. My appreciation and tenderness that I have towards certain things trace back to that same house. It’s crazy. I’m not sure why I’m so drawn to that period in my life. I have singular memories. The more I think about them the blurrier they get. I know I’ll forget about the house and how it will forever be the only place that brought me peace and assurance.

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  13. Olivia peachey says:

    What have you learned about yourself while being “sheltered”-in-place?

    I have learned that I not only love having a normal, busy, and social schedule, but that it is essential to my sanity and health. I haven’t thought about it too much, but I never had body image issues before, but now that I am being so lazy and unproductive I have focused more on my body and hating on it, almost subconsciously… it is not making me happy! I just can’t stop. I have learned that being alone makes me feel kind of purposeless and empty. I need to have interactions with at least like 100 people a day to be happy! I also learned that I would much rather be exhausted and overwhelmed by busy schedules than have almost nothing to do. Of course I know there are a lot of things I can do, but I find myself moping around and worrying about life more than using this time for good things! I get what Professor Mikey is saying when he says “You realize what you care about and what your true energies are and where they’re placed in being stuck in your own house” and I think this is true for a lot of people, but I know I am not myself right now. Kind of like what Harmony was writing about earlier when she was writing about her old daily routine and how she feels like that is gone. This quarantine has not led me to self discoveries, at least not yet. It has only made me sad and anxious, and that is not who I am or want to be. And I am trying to change that but it’s hard for me to motivate myself!! I’m staying positive about the future though! Not trying to be a downer though, I know this is just something we all have to get through!

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Yes! Colleagues??

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    2. ❤ It's hard to stay positive with all the uncertainties!

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  14. mikemadigan says:

    Possible Final Prompt… David Sedaris is the most simple yet multi-layered and precise writer we’ve read all semester. Agree or disagree?

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        Cheers, Samone.

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    1. shantiadams says:

      agreed!

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  15. peacheymaddie says:

    I think that this shelter in place order has taught me how strong I am. I am able to keep myself sane and to keep myself from going off the deep end. Yes, I have had my days of being in a state of complete depression and anxiety feeling helpless but I have been using techniques like music and meditation to help me. I have been going outside and reading more and putting my phone away as much as possible. I think I doubted my ability to be happy and to be ok with how life is. Life is usually in constant motion and now that life seems to be different I have adapted and mentally kept myself in check. I am also learning how mature I can be. I am not saying that I am mature, but in this situation, I think that I am trying to keep gratitude and perspective while many of my friends and peers have been complaining and acting as the world revolves around them.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Love the strength and strong direction in these sentences, Maddie.. cheers.

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  16. Karen Casas says:

    -The moment when you knew you were grown up.
    -Write about the time you tried to run away. (we all have tried or fantasized about it. )
    – What is your one activity or hobby that makes you feel like you’re your truest self?

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    1. averymacnab says:

      I like all of these a lot 🙂

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    2. kielyrowe says:

      These are awesome!!

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    3. I like all of these a lot!!

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  17. mikemadigan says:

    Another prompt…. Describe your reading practice. What do you look for? What do you want? How do you go from sentence to sentence?

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      1. Olivia peachey says:

        me too

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  18. What have I learned about myself being sheltered in place? I learned that I become incredibly bored very fast. I’m so used to being on the go all the time and I have struggled with so little to do. Other than that I have learned a lot about the person I have become. I am always so hesitant to welcome change in my life, but over this quarantine I’ve accepted a lot of things that have been holding me back. It’s felt very freeing to say the least.

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  19. mikemadigan says:

    From being “sheltered” in place, I’ve learned that I can produce anywhere. Location is a sub-topic, at best. I have self, and not just a sense of it. This doesn’t impact or shape me much at all.

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    1. Olivia peachey says:

      haha Irby would disagree, she prefers to be productive in her home and her home only! She is very much impacted by location and it is not a sub-topic for her!

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        Well, then she can disagree.. that’s my translation of the reality. I’m not looking for approval.

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      2. I so relate to her! HAHA!

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      3. Olivia peachey says:

        I know I wasn’t trying to say you aren’t right!! I didn’t mean she would argue with you either I was just pointing out that she talked about the same thing as you but had a different perspective!!!!

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      4. mikemadigan says:

        All good, Olivia… you’re amazing. Cheers.

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    2. Agreed. Production can be anywhere. Other than random cabin fever, this won’t have a giant effect on me either.

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  20. kielyrowe says:

    I learned that I don’t need to go out as often. I also learned that I miss the gym. I also learned that I love my family way more than I knew!

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    1. Ashley Bell says:

      Yes I agree! I’m the kind of person that loves to go out to random stores just to walk around, Target and Costco are my kryptonite! But I realized how content I am staying home and spending more time with my family.

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  21. skylerherring says:

    well while i mean personally I havent been to sheltered in place due to work and stuff but I have learned a lot more about myself and it has been a good thing for me since it has brought on a lot of self positivity and a lot fo wanting to change myself for the better and I feel like its really helped me get way more self esteem and become a better writer instead of looking at everything i write as bad in all my writing there is good stuff even if it is bad there is always good in it and it has also been the help of these authors this year but also this amazing class I have been super lucky to be a part of so yeah there’s that and its been quiet in here for a sec so i wanted to break the silence love yall!

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  22. Yoselyn Ayon says:

    What I have learned about myself during this shelter in place is that I am absolutely a home body. I feel relieved that I can be working from home. I do miss my friends, but I don’t feel like I am dying without them. I learned how to relax and not always be on the GO. I keep thinking to myself, when will life give us a break like this again. I just think it’s a once in a lifetime thing but then again, I could be wrong. Either way I feel less stressed than how I was entering this semester and I guess that’s a good thing. Only thing I really miss is the gym.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Love the attitude and speed of this entry… Colleagues?

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  23. skylerherring says:

    wait a darn tootin second have i been BAMBOOZLED THIS WHOLE TIME! omg i feel so dumb right now XD i forgot this blog thing i need to press the newer comments tab every so often i thought everyone just went MIA all the sudden guess i was just dumb omg i feel bad now

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      You’re good… Enjoy the last minutes of our last meeting.

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  24. mikemadigan says:

    All of this has the value that YOU assign.

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  25. jacob heintz says:

    I’ve learned that this shelter in place has been surprisingly easy to cope with for personally. I don’t wan’t to seem arrogant, or insensitive to other’s situations, it’s just that I haven’t had any real problems with getting into annadel, and it’s been surprisingly empty these past months…. so I get more of it to me I guess. Very peaceful so long as you can avoid the rangers. And in all fairness I have seen the odd person there every now and again, so it’s not like I’m the only one doing it!

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  26. Sheltering in place.. It’s Fine. We’re all fine… I have learned whether I am on the go or sheltering in place that I absolutely thrive off having a schedule. It makes me happier, my day more productive as well as my kids happier. I went a couple weeks flying by the seat of my pants and it created chaos, mess, weight gain and some anxiety and depression. We can’t control much right now, but I can control the flow of my day. I like it that way.

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  27. Being sheltered in place? I was born for it. I’m not anti-social, but I’m not social either. I am content being in my home. Maybe it’s because I get my socialization at work? I’m too exhausted to want to do anything else? I miss the little things like hiking Taylor Mountain nd the beach. But I’m lucky to have my little piece of paradise. My kids, my animals and just planted a garden. Plus I have enough projects to do to keep me busy on my days off.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Love this attitude. And your writing. ❤

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    2. I love this. Your positivity raidates.

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  28. skylerherring says:

    mike possible prompt idea is let us pick an author that we most feel connected with, such as like thier writing style and what one we probably take after most or something along those lines i don’t know just an idea to be able to give us a choice between all the authors we read this year though who knows this could be a dumb idea too

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    1. You shouldn’t be so hard on yourself. This is a good idea! I can tell you’re a very thoughtful person. Don’t apologize for the things you share.

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  29. Karen Casas says:

    While sheltering in place I have learned that I need some social interaction with people or I’ll lose it. I started to paint a lot. If sheltering in place has made me realize anything it is that as long as I have a project to work on I’m okay. Its when I have too much time on my hands where things go wrong. One day I may just cut my bangs,

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  30. kielyrowe says:

    On my page tonight:
    Don’t try and skirmish with your teacher Lol.

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    1. I eyerolled Mike so hard tonight. . .

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        Eff off, Samone. J/K.. luv ya…

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      2. You got eye rolled. . . By a grown woman. HA! Love the banter Mikey. I was born for it

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      3. mikemadigan says:

        You’re awesome. You and I will continue our writer-talk after this term concludes, I’m sure. Cheers to you and your Two-Buck-Chuck. lolzzz

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      4. HAHA! I bought my first bottle of red last week, like a grown up ❤

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      5. mikemadigan says:

        Wait till I give you some red wine…

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  31. Olivia peachey says:

    On tonight’s page: Inventory your writing style, characteristic by characteristic. What would a reader identify, and gravitate toward?

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  32. averymacnab says:

    Sheltering in Place… I have always been happier when I’m busier; running around all the time and being spontaneous. I think I have honestly benefited from sheltering in place and slowing down, and kind of learning how to entertain myself.

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  33. mikemadigan says:

    Talk to me about tonight’s page, y’all….

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    1. peacheymaddie says:

      tonight’s page: HAVE FUN!

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  34. shantiadams says:

    Shelter in place has made me appreciate my normal busy schedule that I would normally have. Its taught me that sometimes, actually a lot of the time I am too hard on myself because all I get to do all day is think about what I am doing and how its going to effect/help me in the future. This can be good at times but sometimes I think I am pressuring myself too much. Ive also learned that I care a ton about my future and who I am going to be, more than I thought. Ive also found what really makes me happy and that I constantly have to be doing something but can’t do one thing for hours and hours LOL

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  35. skylerherring says:

    on my page tonight because i circled it hella amount of times even though it was mainly for me but Jack Kerouac im gonna probably buy one of his books once i get paid tomorrow because mike got me all curious about him now!!!! what am i gonna do with all this piled on work that I assign myself but im a person who loves work so its not that bad.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Cheers buddy… you enjoy. You’re a great writer and an amazing human. I appreciate you.

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  36. mikemadigan says:

    Great meeting tonight… gonna miss you guys.

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    1. peacheymaddie says:

      This class has been so much fun, I am truly going to miss all of you! ❤

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      1. kielyrowe says:

        Same love seeing all of you on here but WE HAVE ONE LAST CLASS right?

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      2. mikemadigan says:

        Yes, Ms. Kiely!!!! I will see you at the store!!!

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      3. mikemadigan says:

        Got one more meeting friend, sit tight!!!

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    2. Don’t get all sappy!!! I’m gonna miss this class too!

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        You’re mean.

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      2. I’m like an onion,. . . Gotta peel the layers

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    3. Olivia peachey says:

      I love this class, definitely my favorite English class I’ve had by far. Thanks for all the motivation and freedom to take our writing where we want to go!

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        I appreciate you. Enjoy your night!!!

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    4. skylerherring says:

      I shall miss you and this entire class though life is funny if it is meant to be we shall cross paths again someday and who knows catch up even life always has a funny way of making things work out and life is also like a play i feel like sometimes, well its a view I’ve taken on recently and its been quite an entertaining play for me to say the least

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    5. I’m gonna miss this class so damn much… I’ve never been more engaged before:(

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        Cheers, Harmony. Enjoy your night!

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      2. skylerherring says:

        I know how ya feel sister this has been an amazing group of people that I don’t think ill ever find again but thats my pessimistic side talking if mike taught us anything we choose how we view all our moments in life we can look at them as sad and as a tragedy or look at the bright side of life and be happy we had these times and shall cherish them forever and look for a better tomorrow!

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  37. on tonight’s page: what would the reader identify and gravitate to?

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  38. Ashley Bell says:

    For Tonights page : That judgement of your work is told to you, your work is YOURS. And if you don’t like it, do something to MAKE you LOVE it.

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  39. mikemadigan says:

    My kindest of friends, thank you for a GREAT meeting!!! #professormikey, OUT. I will email you and the Monday crew, this coming Sunday. I’ll be available by text till 9 for office hours. Thank you all, so much. I appreciate you all (even Samone). Talk soon… May send you and the Monday crew a Zoom invite for Sunday coffee, will let you know. PEACE.

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