Roxanne O'Connell

Writer, Textile Artist, Plantswoman

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A page is still a page

But abbreviations for page in APA are NOT “pg”.

See this discussion on the English Language & Usage blog.


This week in my Visual Rhetoric, Visual Culture class, students have been exploring parody, pastiche and remake. Then, on my family Facebook newsfeed, my niece Róisín posts this:

Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous

Read WHY in this OpEd from Fareed Zakaria in the Washington Post

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APA questions are rolling in…

Instead of putting these responses in all the course companion websites… I am posting them here:

1. How to create a hanging indent for the APA References in your paper:

2. How to cite email correspondence in APA:

3. How to cite websites, tweets, blog posts, and other pesky sources:
Handy PDF of missings…

APA Website – examples

What’s “good” writing?

I’m putting this here for the benefit of ALL my students, not just those who will have to write one or more papers in my classes. Instead, I will put a link to this post on all my course companion websites in the syllabi.

Walvoord, B. E.  (2014). Assessing and Improving Student Writing in College: A Guide for Institutions, General Education, Departments, and Classrooms. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

The expert writer:

    • Focuses the writing appropriately for the demands of the assignment, situation, and audience, whether that means constructing an argument, recommending solutions to a problem, or reporting scientific research. Uses the modes of reasoning and inquiry, as well as the conventions of correctness that are considered appropriate to the discipline, but also understands the rhetorical situatedness of those modes and their intellectual, political, and social consequences.
    • Organizes the writing in an effective way for its audiences and purposes. 
    • Locates, evaluates, integrates, and cites information from various sources. 
    • Follows ethical principles for research and writing, including collaboration with peers, use of sources (avoiding plagiarism), and ethics of the disciplines such as protecting privacy, presenting accurate data, and respecting alternative viewpoints.
    • Integrates quantitative material, charts and graphs, images, and other multimedia material as appropriate; understands, critically evaluates, and appropriately employs new technologies and new digital and multimedia forms. 
    • Produces clear, coherent sentences and paragraphs shaped for their audiences and purposes. 
    • Uses the grammar and punctuation of Edited Standard Written English (ESWE) in appropriate circumstances, such as formal academic, business, civic, and professional writing.
    • Follows productive writing processes. 
    • Collaborates effectively with others to both give and receive feedback on a writer’s emerging work. (my emphasis).

But before you can do that, you have to internalize the following:

  • See that writing is important and necessary 
  • Experience a safe, supportive, yet rigorous environment with instructors who believe in students’ ability to improve as writers
  • Read, read, read, and, more broadly, work within an interactive, language-rich environment
  • Write frequently in genres that require higher-order thinking
  • Learn to work in multimedia forms and use developing technologies
  • Get helpful guidance, feedback, and chances to revise
  • Learn mindfulness about their own writing (metacognition) and principles they can apply across contexts (again, my emphasis)

Taken from Tomorrow’s Professor eNewsletter #1387, February 16, 2015.

For the writers among us…

Everyday I get an email from the Visual Thesaurus people… I love that site!

I particularly like those that my students might profit from… like today’s:

Stuff Happens Word of the Day: incidence

The most important take-home about today’s word, in view of modern usage, is that it’s a noncount noun, and so incidences are a confusion for which users probably mean incidents (plural of incident) or just incidence, which means “relative frequency.” The Latin root that gives us both words meant ‘happening.’

Visit the following URL to look up the word of the day in the Visual Thesaurus

Okay… THIS is now my favorite cat video…

Interview with Seamus Connolly at CIAW

Catherine McEvoy, Seamus Connolly, Mary Bergin The porch of the Weldon House, East Durham, New York, during the 2008 Catskills Irish Arts Week Taken by Roxanne O'Connell (researcher) on July 17, 2008.

Catherine McEvoy, Seamus Connolly, Mary Bergin
The porch of the Weldon House, East Durham, New York, during the 2008 Catskills Irish Arts Week
Taken by Roxanne O’Connell (researcher) on July 17, 2008.

Listen to the 2:58 minute interview with Seamus Connolly

Between 2007 and 2010, I conducted interviews with over 60 participants (informants) regarding the impact of media in their musical lives from their earliest recollections. My own practice was to conduct these interviews with no fewer than two people because I wanted to exploit the associative power of storytelling and narrative to help my participants recall small, rich details. I wanted to get what Clifford Geertz called “thick description”. The combination of participants in any one session depended more on scheduling convenience than any sense of relationship between the participants I might be aware of or assume. Without exception each session uncovered surprising connections and memories, often the most heartwarming and fulfilling aspect of the process.

In this snippet, Seamus Connolly, a native of Killaloe, County Clare, 10 time National Fiddle Champion and “Sullivan Artist in Residence” for Boston College, is talking about his experience of learning music by ear from 78 rpm discs his father procured at various record shops in Limerick and Dublin. When his family was able to get him formal instruction on the fiddle, Seamus discovered that he had learned to play the instrument all wrong! He had to learn it over from the beginning.


Sans doute! My favorite “cat” video…

Putting it out there…

I’ve given a PechaKucha about this… and I created a personal essay for an e-portfolio class about it as well. I had better put it somewhere where I can study it now.

The 12 Photo Quilt project:

The Project:

These are 12 of my own photos. They feature abstractions that focus on color, shape and the division of space. I want to render them or re-present them using fabric and stitchery. It may mean abstracting them further… or, for some, it will be mimesis.

Hopefully, when the twelve quilt blocks are assembled, the quilt will become the centerpiece of an exhibition with the twelve photos individually mounted as well. We’ll see…


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