Personal Universe Lexicon

To construct your Personal Universe Lexicon, start with a new post. You may wish to construct the list with pen and paper first and transfer it to your blog later. Begin by following these instructions:

Write down as many words as you can then sort the words into the categories outlined below. Complete each category. Write as quickly as you can.


  • 16 words of each of the five senses (16 x 5 = 80 words). The words must mean, suggest: taste touch, sight, smell, and hearing. For instance, desiccated or frozen might suggest touch to you, or birdsong hearing.
  • 10 words of motion. The words must mean, suggest motion to you. They do not necessarily need to be verbs. Baby could be a motion word for someone, for example.
  • 3 abstractions. Such as love or freedom or truth.
  • 7 anything else. Any word with meaning to you that does not fit into the other categories.

All the words on the list must

  1. have significance to/for you
  2. be specific; that is the word must not be “bird” but “robin,” not “tree” but “aspen.”
  3. sound good to the ear.

Use no adverbs. Use no plurals.

Keep track of the words with your blog. Move them around each other in the list every day for a week. Choose one word at random from the list; write what the word(s) sparks, what the juxtaposition of words builds for you.

Trackback/pinkback your list to this post.

Creat a Sitemap for your blog

Write a page(not a post). Title it Sitemap.
You’ll find the code here that you’ll need to paste into your page.

Enter Sitemap as the Page Slug.
Disable Comments and Pings.

Go to Dashboard–>Options–>DDSitemapGen.
Enter the same Slug, update.

Add the link to the sitemap via your theme’s menu or sidebar or add a Pages widget.

New features Gallery2 and Subscribe2

Gallery2 integration works, mostly. Well the sidebar and full page embedding works, more to come. Activate WPG2 by pointing it to and it should autodetect the rest. Then place the STJ Galley widget in your sidebar.

Subscribe2 allows you to email, automagically, site updates(a new post for example) to your subscribers. A new Subscribe link appears in your footer.

Here’s an idea that could snowball!

Find a “copyright-free” etext online at, say, Project Gutenberg or here or here

Start a new blog.

Parse your etext into manageable chunks and insert into your blog.

Add graphics and organizers. Edit theme. Voila.

Look at Castle of Otranto and The Jesuit Relations and the History of New France as examples.

Search for works by the following at Gutenberg:
Austen, Jane
Barrie, J.M.
Brontรƒยซ, Charlotte
Brontรƒยซ, Emily
Dickens, Charles
Burroughs, Edgar Rice
Carroll, Lewis
Chesterton, G. K
Christie, Agatha
Twain, Mark
Collins, Wilkie
Connor, Ralph
Conrad, Joseph
Corelli, Marie
Defoe, Daniel
De la Mare, Walter
Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir
Eliot, George
Galsworthy, John
Haggard, H. Rider
Hardy, Thomas
Henty, G. A.
James, Henry
Jerome, Jerome K.
Joyce, James
Kingsley, Charles
Kipling, Rudyard
Leacock, Stephen
Mansfield, Katherine
Maugham, W. Somerset
Maupassant, Guy de
McClung, Nellie L.
Melville, Herman
Montgomery, L. M.
Moodie, Susanna
Moore, Clement Clarke
Nesbit, E.
Oppenheim, E. Phillips
Potter, Beatrix
Sabatini, Rafael
Scott, Walter, Sir
Shaw, George Bernard
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
Sinclair, Upton
Stevenson, Robert Louis
Stoker, Bram
Swift, Jonathan
Thackeray, William Makepeace
Trollope, Anthony
Wallace, Edgar
Walpole, Horace
Wells, H. G.
Wilde, Oscar
Wodehouse, P. G.
Woolf, Virginia
Yonge, Charlotte Mary

cool smilies


The following smilies have an extra space after the first character so you can see them here in text form. Remove the space and the smiley appears in published posts.

‘ : )’ => ‘icon_smile.gif’,
‘ : D’ => ‘icon_biggrin.gif’,
‘ : -D’ => ‘icon_biggrin.gif’,
‘: grin:’ => ‘icon_biggrin.gif’,
‘ : )’ => ‘icon_smile.gif’,
‘ : -)’ => ‘icon_smile.gif’,
‘: smile:’ => ‘icon_smile.gif’,
‘ : (‘ => ‘icon_sad.gif’,
‘ : -(‘ => ‘icon_sad.gif’,
‘: sad:’ => ‘icon_sad.gif’,
‘ : o’ => ‘icon_surprised.gif’,
‘ : -o’ => ‘icon_surprised.gif’,
‘: eek:’ => ‘icon_surprised.gif’,
‘ 8 O’ => ‘icon_eek.gif’,
‘ 8 -O’ => ‘icon_eek.gif’,
‘: shock:’ => ‘icon_eek.gif’,
‘ : ?’ => ‘icon_confused.gif’,
‘ : -?’ => ‘icon_confused.gif’,
‘ : ???:’ => ‘icon_confused.gif’,
‘ 8 )’ => ‘icon_cool.gif’,
‘ 8 -)’ => ‘icon_cool.gif’,
‘: cool:’ => ‘icon_cool.gif’,
‘: lol:’ => ‘icon_lol.gif’,
‘ : x’ => ‘icon_mad.gif’,
‘ : -x’ => ‘icon_mad.gif’,
‘: mad:’ => ‘icon_mad.gif’,
‘ : P’ => ‘icon_razz.gif’,
‘ : -P’ => ‘icon_razz.gif’,
‘: razz:’ => ‘icon_razz.gif’,
‘: oops:’ => ‘icon_redface.gif’,
‘: cry:’ => ‘icon_cry.gif’,
‘: evil:’ => ‘icon_evil.gif’,
‘: twisted:’ => ‘icon_twisted.gif’,
‘: roll:’ => ‘icon_rolleyes.gif’,
‘: wink:’ => ‘icon_wink.gif’,
‘ ; )’ => ‘icon_wink.gif’,
‘ ; -)’ => ‘icon_wink.gif’,
‘: !:’ => ‘icon_exclaim.gif’,
‘: ?:’ => ‘icon_question.gif’,
‘: idea:’ => ‘icon_idea.gif’,
‘: arrow:’ => ‘icon_arrow.gif’,
‘ : |’ => ‘icon_neutral.gif’,
‘ : -|’ => ‘icon_neutral.gif’,
‘: neutral:’ => ‘icon_neutral.gif’,
‘: mrgreen:’ => ‘icon_mrgreen.gif’,

๐Ÿ™‚ => ‘icon_smile.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜€ => ‘icon_biggrin.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜€ => ‘icon_biggrin.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜€ => ‘icon_biggrin.gif’,
๐Ÿ™‚ => ‘icon_smile.gif’,
๐Ÿ™‚ => ‘icon_smile.gif’,
๐Ÿ™‚ => ‘icon_smile.gif’,
๐Ÿ™ => ‘icon_sad.gif’,
๐Ÿ™ => ‘icon_sad.gif’,
๐Ÿ™ => ‘icon_sad.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜ฎ => ‘icon_surprised.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜ฎ => ‘icon_surprised.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜ฎ => ‘icon_surprised.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜ฏ => ‘icon_eek.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜ฏ => ‘icon_eek.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜ฏ => ‘icon_eek.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜• => ‘icon_confused.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜• => ‘icon_confused.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜• => ‘icon_confused.gif’,
8) => ‘icon_cool.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜Ž => ‘icon_cool.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜Ž => ‘icon_cool.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜† => ‘icon_lol.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜ก => ‘icon_mad.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜ก => ‘icon_mad.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜ก => ‘icon_mad.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜› => ‘icon_razz.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜› => ‘icon_razz.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜› => ‘icon_razz.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜ณ => ‘icon_redface.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜ฅ => ‘icon_cry.gif’,
๐Ÿ‘ฟ => ‘icon_evil.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜ˆ => ‘icon_twisted.gif’,
๐Ÿ™„ => ‘icon_rolleyes.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜‰ => ‘icon_wink.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜‰ => ‘icon_wink.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜‰ => ‘icon_wink.gif’,
โ— => ‘icon_exclaim.gif’,
โ“ => ‘icon_question.gif’,
๐Ÿ’ก => ‘icon_idea.gif’,
โžก => ‘icon_arrow.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜ => ‘icon_neutral.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜ => ‘icon_neutral.gif’,
๐Ÿ˜ => ‘icon_neutral.gif’,
:mrgreen: => ‘icon_mrgreen.gif’,

Grade 10 Mages reflect on the last week

Recall images, faces, reactions, hecklers, stumbles, successes from the last week preparing and performing for the elementary students. See if you can’t work into your reflections a discussion of the postulates: can something come from nothing? does God exist? is our soul immortal? is our will our own? As well, discuss the presence of fear or awe in the psyche of a child. Recall Golding’s thesis about the ubiquity of evil in children. Was anyone in our audiences ever “afraid” of our magic? Why? Why not?

In addition, you might include a “microcontent” review of our show(s).

Anti-Bullying Song Research Assignment

Blog an online research about a song that relates to Heather’s workshop(s) about:

  • Bullying
  • Domestic Violence
  • Peace
  • Getting Along


  1. Lyrics, portions cut’pasted with hyperlink to source.
  2. 250-words:
  • What is going on in the song?
  • What is the message the artist is trying to send?
  • How do you feel about this message?
  • How does it focus on the workshop topics?

3. Composer, performer, dates, album art, awards.

4. History, background, items/ideas of interest

5. Hyperlink all sources.

6. Add to Assessment Data Spreadsheet and apply Critical Thinking rubric (1-4)

7. Moderate three comments on your own. Leave plenty of comments, at least three, on other blogs.