Out of Place
Do you ever stumble into something you just wish could be conveyed by a camera with the same awe as your observation?
This was one of those times.
It was an early morning wake-up and walk to the ocean to view sunrise.
Out of nowhere, unexpected, like a carrot stuck and jutting from atop a steering wheel or a fishing pole rising from a trampoline, this sailboat did not belong here!
The story goes a man lived on the boat, it crashed ashore and he didn’t have the funds to remove it. The city refuses, the man disappeared, the residents are annoyed, and the first-timers like me are struck by the imagery, the unspoken story, the metaphors this photograph communicates…
What does this say to you?
Out of place and lopsided ( the world of Covid)
Stuck (never a good feeling!)
Get yourself upright!
Nature always Wins/ Nature always Winds
Nurture Writing and you Nurture Thinking
Pictures/Photographs are a wonderful way to think abstractly and to let imagination take over, to play with words and phrases and ideas and see if a story unfolds.
Metaphors and Idioms and Similes are language elements I find children enjoy very much because it stretches their thinking.
I love to hear their interpretations… mostly because they are still concrete thinkers.
When I ask the meaning of, “Don’t have a chip on your shoulder” they say, “Don’t play with food- potato chips should be eaten, not worn!”
A Complete Resource
Plumdiggity! Developing Student Writers is a 350-page collection of writing ideas, elements, and creative approaches I have written and published. I love the chapters on idioms and similes and metaphors because it expands thinking – anytime we analyze words and meaning, we expand our understanding of the vast English language. The student and teacher editions can be seen in greater detail at: