Archive | June 2008

Ducklings and Dialect

I spent the past week in a workshop with a wonderful group of faculty members from North Carolina State University and middle school teachers from Wake County Public Schools.  This year’s summer session is part of Voices of North Carolina in the Classroom, an eighteen-month professional development initiative in which we’re examining the dialects of North Carolina.  The project is built around the Voices of North Carolina curriculum developed by linguists Walt Wolfram and Jeff Reaser.  For more information about this project, please visit our website:

Officially, I had my camera with me for photographing our group, but I was equally interested in snapping some shots of these guests — Mama Duck and her ducklings.  They’ve been hanging out in the courtyard of the Friday Institute, and we loved watching them waddle around outside our windows. 


Listen to Mama


Here we go.




Entertaining the Cousins

What a great week!  My cousins are in town, and it’s so nice to get to spend some time with them.  While their brother attended camp at NCSU, these two characters and I decided to try to see all of Raleigh in a day.  This morning they made a list of what we should do and checked off each item as we went along:  the big acorn (Moore Square), the Governor’s Mansion (the street view), Pullen Park, the Capitol, the NC Museum of History, and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.  Whew!  No wonder I’m so tired.



Enjoying Pullen Park