Challenge 6: Write a Book with SMC Students
|On Saturday twenty of us had a four-hour writer's meeting. Here we're having a discussion about different possible book titles.|
Challenge 5. Become a Better Rock Climber
|After ages of saying we would, this weekend Leah, Siham and I finally all went rock climbing together. Leah's an expert, Siham had never been, but now we can't wait to all go the next time we're in the same place at the same time.|
|Sunday night while the rest of America was eating chili, pizza and wings, we made noodle kugel and challah (pictured here) together with matzo ball soup and potato latkes for the ultimate high-carb meal|
The afternoon writer's meeting was probably our most productive yet. It last for four hours, and we went over chapter outlines, our book proposal, produced chapter summaries, worked through some logistical issues, and had a great debate over the book title. We've got it narrowed down to two, but our final vote was a 10-10 tie, so we're doing a re-vote this week on-line to include the writers who couldn't make it to the meeting.
|Kate took notes on the board for much of the meeting. Here Connor's asking about something she wrote|
|Annie, Josh and Leah (three of the four members of the MDG 7 team) during the title debate|
|The MDG 5 team -- Siham, Amanda and Lauren -- working on their chapter summary.|
|Team MDG: Back row: Chris, Jason, Alexsis, Michelle, Lauren, Kate, Ben, Connor, Jerry and Jackson. Front row: Siham, Alyssa, Claire, Kate, Julia, Shaleen, Amanda, Leah, Annie and Josh|
The next day Leah, Siham and I finally made good on a plan we'd been talking about for a very long time -- going rock climbing together. Leah is an expert rock climber, and used to be an instructor for the Wilderness Program. Siham had never gone, and I hadn't been since before Christmas. Although Siham had her doubts initially, once she got to the top of her first route, she never looked back. Leah taught us both a lot and we have all definitely decided that rock climbing will be an activity we will try to incorporate into any time we get together from now on.
|Leah demonstrating the flexibility and balance that is just one of the many reasons she is a great rock climber.|
|Siham, on her first-ever climb to the top of a wall.|