Summer solstice is nearly upon us! Called Midsummer or Litha by Western European Pagans, summer solstice, the longest day of the year, is a special day across the globe.
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And here in Canada it is also National Aboriginal Day – a day when we can celebrate the diversity and community of First Nations, Inuit and Metis people.
The summer solstice has always been a sacred time for Aboriginal people. Traditionally, Plains people have celebrated and honoured this time of year with intense Sun Dance ceremonies. Solstice was the start of our calendar, and many of the ancient stone circles, very much like Stonehenge in the UK, that have been found across North America, including Oodena at the Forks here in Winnipeg, have centred on this day!
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i had the pleasure of spending last thursday afternoon with poet Stephen Ross Smith and a bunch of writers. always a good way to spend some time, this workshop gave me a much needed poetic boost as i launch into post-lit-degree-pre-fine-arts-degree life!
things i took away from the afternoon that i want to share with you:
the word TORQUE is pretty amazing…. i may have just found my new favourite word!
the word TREACLE is equally awesome and i take my hat off to anyone who has recently had to use it in a writing contest submission.
hello long neglected creative writing blog! i have been hard at work completing my literature degree and too busy to breathe! i am happy to report that i will be all done tomorrow!!! super like!!! and i want to give a super like out to LINDSEY CHILDS who has done a super job being a super helper on this here website the last few weeks. miigwetch lindsey
and a jolly merci to all my friends who have helped me out these last few months of hermitage and crazy paper writing… got me thinking: aren’t friends great? dare i say, aren’t friends super??
Ok, tonight we’re doing another trifecta triangle of joy!!
I think we did one of these a while ago, but each time it’s so different.
With this one, I randomly asked three people to tell me the first word that came to their mind (thank you facebook!).
The responses: star, apple, freckle!…. Interesting… ok what you do with a trifecta triangle of joy is now you have to make a story, or a poem, or a something that includes those three words.
Or, if you’re just looking for something quick, just to get the juices going – you can make quick fun sentences. …
and now let’s talk about analogy. analogy is defined as, “a similarity between like features of two things, on which a comparison may be based” … similes and metaphors are a type of analogy! (for more see here)
there are two types of analogies, a figurative analogy is a comparison about two things that are not alike but share only some common property, and a literal analogy is about two things that are alike…. metaphors and similes are figurative analogies (see more here)
in literary terms, analogy “is often used to paint vivid word pictures” … and can be big, really big, and go on and on to include many simles and metaphors. (complete lit def here)