Wendy Buchanan, English 302 October 19, 2011 1Word Count: 826 3fifty5 Everything we see, every place that we go, and all that we experience in our everyday lives may seem ordinary, but these things will inevitably impact who we are and who we will become. As I think over the many events that have by:wendy buchanan occurred throughout my almost thirty-three years, it is hard to narrow themdown to just one important time in my life. Since all of the other significant events in my life would not have evenbeen possible without my birth, that seems to be a logical place to start. My parents were living in Kentucky in 1978 and experiencing one of the worst winters they had ever seen.That winter season had days so cold that no space heater, vegetable soup and cornbread, hot chocolate or extralayers of clothing could chase away the chill that had permanently seeped into their bones. Mailboxes and cardoors were frozen shut as if someone had super-glued them in place, and of course it had to be on a frigid nightlike this that I would alert my mother of my imminent arrival. I was born on the three hundred and fifty-fifth day of that year. My birthdate typically marks WinterSolstice. On this day in 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the world’s first full-length animated feature,premiered. “Word-Cross,” the first crossword puzzle, was published in New York World in 1913. The first mannedmission to the moon, Apollo 8, was launched from the Kennedy Space Center. My birth date was made significantin other years by exploding bombs, erupting volcanoes (volcanoes that had been dormant for fifty years, no less),and the outbreak of wars and conflicts. December 21, 2012 is now being predicted as the end of the world as weknow it. All of that feels significant, somehow, to who I am today. My skin is pale like Snow White’s skin, and while I donot have seven little men at my beck and call, I do feel that my growth was stunted. (How else do I explain myparents, sister and half-brother all being at least six feet tall while I am a glorious five foot three inches?) Wordgames are one of my most favorite past-times, and my uncle has worked for NASA since 1973. I can say withcomplete certainty that I have never lived in the midst of a war or felt the effects of a volcano upchucking hotmolten lava anywhere near my home, but I always feel like I have been through some kind of battle or naturaldisaster after a family gathering. Even my parents still recognize the significance of the day I was born. When I asked my mother whatdetail she best remembered from the day I was born she replied, “Your dad left me at the hospital, alone, andwent to his company’s Christmas party. Then, the next day he rode in the Christmas parade with people from our
Wendy Buchanan, English 302 October 19, 2011 2Word Count: 826church.” I will admit that my vainglorious side was expecting something about beautiful blue eyes or sweet littlehands, but I didn’t let Momma’s response worry me too much because a father remembers everything about thebirth of his princess. I asked him, “Daddy, what do you remember about the day I was born?” (I would like to confessthat at this point in the interview process I was being all kinds of sinful with my pride, knowing Daddy was going togo on and on about me being the most beautiful baby girl he had ever seen.) “Well,” he said, “Farrah Fawcett wason the cover of Playboy at that time.” As you can imagine, things suddenly became awkward between my daddyand me. My parents may not have said anything earth-moving about my birth, but it really isn’t that big of a deal.Their commentary, or lack thereof, does not make the event any less significant. I mean, of course my birth issignificant to my parents. Momma and Daddy have just gotten older and forgotten some things over the years.(Yes, I realize that I have just admitted that Christmas parties and models on magazines are easier for my parentsto recall than the birth of their own child, but I have accepted the whole ordeal and moved on. Perhaps I shouldsay kind of moved on. Okay, I haven’t moved on from it at all, but that is another topic for another memoir.) Really,their memories just prove my original point that everything in life is significant. Dates, events, and people -- they allmean something. I feel like Momma and Daddy’s memories -“about my birth”- are even significant because theyare like billboards showing me the direction in which my career should go: FICTION WRITING! At least then my senseof self-respect would still be intact and I could make up an elaborate tale about the significance of December 21,1978. To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
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Western Carolina University ENGLISH EDUCATION Eng lish.WCU.eduYour ClassesStandards for Educators:Program includes literature courses that focus onFairy Tale, Post-Colonial, African-American, andAppalachian studies. English Education studentsalso take courses inTESOL, TeachingEnglish to Speakers of Study Literature:Other Languages. • MiltonCareer • Chaucer • Shakespeare Your ColleaguesPreparation: First-Rate Faculty:Students gain a variety of field experiences The English Department consists of accomplished teachers who willthroughout the four-year program. give you the best educational experience possible. Your teachers• Methods in Teaching English have published award-winning books and journal essays and have• Methods in Teaching Writing written content for television and film. They bring their own real-life• Intern I experiences to class and• Intern II (You are the teacher for 12 weeks!) use these to help you grow English students in your student teaching, • Compete in poetry slamsYour Careers ultimately preparing you for • Design and edit web sites a successful career. • Write and edit for public andSought-After Graduates: private organizations Dynamic Peers: • Volunteer in public schoolsProgram conveniently places students in and • Hold exciting student internships Peer support is one of yourbeyond the region. Recent graduates are greatest resources as acurrently teaching at Smoky Mountain, South student majoring in an English program. Many of these hardworkingIredell, Cherokee, Lake Norman and Pisgah high students are North Carolina Teaching Fellows who present theirschools. essays at regional and national conferences and actively participate in community service projects.Other Choices: Spring Literary Festival:Teachers wanting to teach in higher education maychoose to go on to graduate work for their Masters Our annual Spring Literary Festival had been bringing local andof Arts in Education or for a Doctorate in Education. national writers to the campus since 2003. Distinguished authors, such as Jim Harrison, Leslie Silko, Mazine Kumin, Sherman Alexie, Advanced Opportunities: Silas House, Elizabeth Kostova, Brett Lott, and Kathryn Stripling • Administration at local or state level Byer have all been featured artists at the Spring Literary Festival. • Private Schools Members of the English faculty, such as Catherine Carter, Ron • Testing and Assesments for the state Rash, Deidre Elliott, Pamela Duncan, and Mary Adams, have also performed in past festival events. English Deparment * 305 Coulter Building * Cullowhee, NC 28723 * 828.227.7264
SWA M PTHEMONSTER AT HOME Poetry by Catherine Carter
Men’s NecktiesThey’re power nooses choking offbrains from bodies, just enoughto prove a man is something morethan some bright rooster. His top draweris civilized and affluent,in charge, his status bought and spenton silk, the wormspun ornament.And yet, the swinging way they hang’s...suggestive, don’t you think? The thingsties say are all expressed aslant,but their glance is toward knife-creased pants:silk arrows pointing down at cocksthat crow through wire and fence and lock.It’s Y, not X, that marks the spot.Catherine Carter, The Swamp Monster at Home
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