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(Pedagogy) Philosophy and Nonsense      
Thoughts about writing, education, and experience                                  Presented by Forrest D. Poston

The first goal of teaching is to strengthen, deepen and refine our intrinsic love of learning. All other goals and all methods must stem from that idea. Any that do not support that goal must at least be questioned and adjusted, if not eliminated. Otherwise, we are not teaching but training.

Cats smile.

Writing and Education

Autobiography Challenge

Considering Conclusions

Considering Introductions

Four Meanings of Life

Godot and the Great Pumpkin

A Major is More Minor Than
You Think

The Poetry Process (A look at 4 versions of a poem.)

Thoughts About Picking a Major

Quick Points About Education

Quick Points About Writing

Reading Poetry and Cloud Watching

Revising Revision

Reviving Experience

Reviving Symbolism

Using an Audience


What Makes a Story True?

What's the Subject of This Class? (Being revised.)

Why Write?

Writing and Einstein (The Difference Between Information and Meaning)

Writing and the Goldilocks Dilemma

Links to Other Sites


Writing Oriented

Academic Writing (Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Communication Across the Curriculum)

College Composition and Communication Online

College English (full text available to members only) (journalism)

Journal of Creative Nonfiction

Kairos:  A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy

Places to Stand : essay by Wendy Bishop, in PDF format

Trusting Highways   This essay by Toby Fulwiler appeared in the BMW Owner's News in February, 1996 and is now buried two layers down in his site, but it's a gem that I think should be displayed.


General Education Oriented

Harrison Owen essay, "Learning as Transformation"

New Horizons for Learning

Rage and Hope: Critical Theory and Its Impact on Education

Renee Fuller essay, "The Primacy of Story"


More Broadly Philosophical

Arts & Letters Daily--ideas, criticism, debate

Australasian Association for Process Thought (

              Wit and Wisdom of Alfred North Whitehead (While some of his ideas couldn't raise above the times, much here is fun and valuable.)

Dharma the Cat (a philosophical comic strip with numerous additional pages of ideas and humor)

Hundred Mountain journal (back issues)

In Context (The journal for the Context Institute, concerning humane sustainable culture)

Jean Houston's Website

Rupert Sheldrake, an intriguing, philosophical scientist

Walter MacKenzie's Multiple Intelligence Pages

Because West Virginia is Always My Home, Where ever I May Be

West Virginia Division of Culture and History

West Virginia state page

Just For the Heck of It

Kiss the Guy (misheard song lyrics)

Mike Jittlov's WizWorld (maker of "The Wizard of Speed and Time")

The Prisoner Appreciation Society (for the Patrick McGoohan series)

Back to the Home Page

Back to the Home Page

Other Essays and Poetry

Something Somewhat Vaguely Like a Resume

Being Like Children

The Blessing and the Blues

The Cat With a Bucket List

David and the Revelation

The Dawn, the Dark, and the Horse I Didn't Ride In On (an odd, meandering, semi-romantic story)

Ghost Dancer in the Twilight Zone

The Hair Connection and the Nature of Choices

The Mug, the Magic, and the Mistake

Trumpet Player, USDA Approved



Selected Poems

The Poetry Process

Writing by Current or Former Students

Ms. Write Meets Her Match in Jr. Ms. Write Now
by Heide Perry

I'll Just Have Cats
by Cara Hummel

Toys to Toys
by Allyson Bowlds

Scribbles and Bits

Links to Other Sites