Category Archives: Essays

Ethel Mortenson Davis poem featured in Write On Door County’s website

Write on Door County is one of the premier writer’s retreats in the Midwest.  In addition to providing a 40 acre property in the woods that attract writers who want to refresh their spirits and spend a week or so writing, Write On provides workshops, readings, and what sometimes an endless round of events for writers and those interested in writing.

Ralph Murre and Sharon Auberele, two of Door County’s absolutely finest poets, publish a different Door County poet on the website on a regular basis.  On August 1 they published Ethel’s poem, “The Design Teacher.”  You can see the poem at http://writeondoorcounty.org.  While you’re on the site you might look around if you are at all interested in writing and writers.

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“I Let My Students Read Outside Today”

a photograph by Sonja Bingen

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U.S. educational policy today emphasizes “informational text” and performing well on standardized tests based upon a “common core” of knowledge.  The academics, businesspeople, and politicians who insist upon such nonsense have clearly forgotten what learning is all about.  My two daughters, Sonja Bingen and Mary Wood, both teachers, remember how their love of learning was originally sparked, so they are actually teachers who work to instill a love of learning in their students.  If the educational theorists would take a vacation from their heavy thoughts and the hieroglyphics of statistics generated from assessment data and spend some time in Sonja’s classroom reading with her students beneath a blooming fruit tree in early spring, perhaps they would remember that it is not knowledge, but an entertaining book or an excited teacher capable of waking a young mind that leads to learning.  Maybe then they would stop all the unnecessary testing and pontificating and begin to give teachers the support and freedom they need to generate the drive to learn that enriches those lucky enough to have lost themselves in a book on a gloriously sunny day spent outside in the school’s yard.

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Patterns in Potowatomi Forest

a photo essay by Ethel Mortenson Davis

Patterns

Cedar Fall

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Wild Grapes

Wild Grapes

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And the Clouds Brought No Rain

a photo essay by Sonja Bingen

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By the Lake

a photo essay by Sonja Bingen

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Into Glory

a photo essay by Sonja Bingen, our daughter

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The Coming Storm

a photo essay by Sonja Bingen

The storm rises

into the fires of sunset

air electric with coming storm

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