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People Sorting: An Interview With ‘Personality Brokers’ Author Merve Emre

This article is worth a read/skim for those of you interested in Myers-Briggs for character development. ~ MsG


Jessica Gross | Longreads | September 2018 | 23 minutes (5,900 words)

If you haven’t yet read Merve Emre’s writing on the history of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, you might assume that Myers and Briggs were men. In fact, as Emre documented first in a 2015 piece for Digg and with great depth in her new book The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing, the indicator was the brainchild of Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers. Over the course of decades starting in the early twentieth century, and shaped by their interests in childrearing and the theories of Carl Jung—if not formal training in psychology—Katharine and Isabel created what has become one of our preeminent means of categorizing, and thus conceiving, people.

Though her writing ultimately accrues into a critique of the MBTI along several dimensions, including the way…

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NEEDED: Part-Time Graders

I have ONE opening for a new grading assistant! This would be for E3 essays. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact me. 🙂



I’m looking for a few part-time grading assistants. Work and pay are small but consistent. Sometimes former students make the best helpers because you already know the rules and expectations of TPS. If interested or if you know anyone who might be, please contact me.

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CW3: Scripture Metaphors

This week’s CW assignment…


CW3: In Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus uses metaphors to describe what Christians should be like. Choose a new metaphor and write your own modernized version of this verse, similar to The Message Bible. Begin with “You are the _____ of the world…” Create a minimum of THREE. Include the original verse on your blog. 6-8 sentences for EACH metaphor.

CHALLENGE: How many metaphors can you create?

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CW2: Spiritual Acrostic Poetry

This week’s assignment. Notice the new FAQ section!



CW2: Choose a theme from scripture, like love, joy, freedom, or heaven. Make a list of synonyms for that word; create a word bank FIRST. Try Write an acrostic prayer poem using all the letters of your first AND last name. Use one of your synonyms in EACH verse. You can use synonyms more than once.

CHALLENGE: How many verses can you create with EACH letter?

CW2 Student Example

1) Do I have to write eight verses per letter?
No, that is optional, but feel free to challenge yourself if you have time and feel inspired.

2) Do I have to post this on my blog?
If you’re not sure yet how to post on your blog, then you may wait.
However, eventually all assignments will be posted on the blogs.

3) Does my poem have to rhyme?
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Ah rebels, *sigh*…you all are loved and missed!

Supreme Leader Shey

It is the end of our summer creative writing class, Rebels, so I’ve written a post in commemoration!

    • Anne Geisel – I love the different tones of your characters and you are so good at dialogue.  Remember, I expect you to become Dr. Seuss Jr. someday!
    • Emmalani de Guzman – Your voice is awesome.  I also really like your style of writing, especially your A10!
    • Isaak Jones – I greatly enjoyed your squirrel story, as well as your aura of mystique.
    • Megan Brown – Your stories reliably made me want to live in them!  Here’s to your imagination.
    • Ms. Gaines – Our benevolent leader, Ms. Gaines was not only an enthusiastic creative writing teacher, but also a knowledgeable WordPress authority!  Let us hope that someday we will perhaps be only half as wise as she is.
    • Megdalia Bromhal – Meg!  I love your name and appreciate your thorough comments after…

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In Memory of SCW 2018

Thanks, Mallorie, for a fitting tribute to the summer…*feeling loved and hugged* Go Rebels!

Mallorie with Potential

After hours of dramatic sobbing and wheezing over the finale of Summer Creative Writing, I have finally composed myself enough to write a short memoir of class without falling back into a blubbering mess.

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Congratulations, Anna!

Things like this just make my day! Well done and well deserved, Anna! #SummerCW2017

AnnaH Blog Award


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A3 – Sailing Solo

Cool stuff!


An ordinary man takes a nap on an ordinary day… and wakes up in an extraordinary place.

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