Remember that photo poetry assignment?

Well, this was one result and I am in love with it.

There Were Signs 

there were signs

signs that told us to stop

to keep off

to think about it

signs designed to scare us

to deter us

to frighten us


but we plowed ahead

we chose not to notice the sky slowly fade to black

we chose not to look when the flowers started to wilt

we ignored the debris that piled up behind us

we ignored the scorched land we created


maybe back then we had a chance

but that door is closed

forever blocked off

we tried to hold on

at the end

we really did

all that remains of those efforts are handprints strung along the walls

we were too late


we died out

sprawled on the concrete  

mounds of nothing

left for the maggots to chew through

but these weren’t our only holes

eventually, we will fade away and be nothing more than a footprint left in the dust


we can’t complain about this

we do not get angry

we are not allowed to be sad

because we knew

Pre-historical Human

For those who participated in lecture one in the World History series and are interested in learning more about pre-historical humans…

This fall PBS released a new Nova program called Dawn of Humanity. It explores a recent discovery in a deep cave in South Africa that might cause some rethinking about human development. This is a good example that the science of pre-historical humans is still very much unsettled.

Local History Links

Here are some links to resources the archivists mentioned during our trip to MSU today. I’ll be glad to help you search these collections for your topics. I was playing around with them tonight and I found a number of good things for a few of you.

MSU Special Collections: includes guides to the collections they have onsite and links to the collections that have already been digitized.

State Historical Society of Missouri: Art collections, photo collections, manuscripts, maps. Many resources are already digitized and available through the Digital Collections link:

History Museum on the Square photo archive:

Springfield-Greene County Library Digitized Collections:


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