Reflections: Change it Up at Maskwacis, Alberta

Anna Marie Sewell ‘dialogic’ session,30May2014,with Change It Up,at Maskwacis,Alberta
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57 Responses to Reflections: Change it Up at Maskwacis, Alberta

  1. WinterHawk says:

    Tansi,
    Its hard to describe the final day of ‘Universal Cree Philosophers’. I can’t seem to get ‘Against the wind’ out of my mind. Thanks Windy for all your teachings and words. I am fascinated with words and how they are put together. I love reading these comments. I love reading what is going on in peoples minds. I love hearing those thoughts, ideas and words. Dancing with words! I am delighted that I had the opportunity to be apart of this experience. Thank you to Anna Marie Sewell for sharing her knowlege and experience with us. I appreciated all of it. I would like to write on and on but my duties call me. I wanted to let you all know that I feel like anything is Possible. I know the Creator wanted me to know that now. I forgot and you all reminded me. I’m going to write, get my buisnesses up and running and just do it. Just do it. Thank you !!

  2. Deanne says:

    Day-5
    May 30, 2014 is our last day with Dr. Cornett aka Windy. To conclude our time as the Universal Cree Philosophers we were introduced to a poet named Anna Marie Sewell, whose poetry we have been reading all week. We made her a member of the Universal Cree Philosophers and asked her to give herself a brand name. She named herself “Biggish Worm”. Not only were we reading her poetry, but we also “dissected” her poetry, and evaluated them to our own understandings. It was very interesting to hear from her and what she had thought about our evaluations. It was even more interesting to hear the real story behind her poems. This experience with Dr. Cornett aka Windy & Anna Marie Sewell will always be something to remember. Especially when I hear Bob Seger’s song “Against the Wind”
    Singing off,
    Princess Goddess
    of the Universal Cree Philosophers

  3. Taren Yellowbird says:

    Day 5

    Well today we met the author/poet laureate Anna Marie Sewell. We spent an entire morning/afternoon with her beautiful charismatic self. At first impression I took her as shy and quiet, but once you got her talking, she would not shut up! She is animated and passionate about what she does and one thing she said stuck with me. She is a troublemaker and that is her lot in life and she is proud of it! Mind you she is a lover not a fighter and it feels like she is stabbing you with a dull butter knife to get her point across. Her words, not mine. I really enjoyed critiquing her work and hearing her own stories about where her inspiration came from. I relate because I am not full blooded Indian and I also know what it feels like to be uncomfortable in white society, as well as my own Indian society. I do not fit in and its nice to make others feel uncomfortable as well, because then it makes them aware that there are two sides to every story. Controversy is the stuff of life that makes it exciting and worthwhile. She may not get paid a lot, but at least its fun. It sounds like something I could definitely get into. Writing. Inspired. Passionate. Alive.

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  4. preston nepoose says:

    Day 5 Well todays the last day that Dr cornett a.k.a windy well be with our class wish it didnt have to end and see him go because i really enjoyed him in our change it up class,very inspiring to me and im glad i met anna marie sewell because that kept going on in my mind every poem i read i wonder who wrote this now i met the person just want to thank both of them for coming in.
    H-Town-Presto
    Universal Cree philosophers

  5. Dave Buffalo says:

    Day 4: What a dynamic process with Dr. Cornett’s dialogic session! I had no idea how powerful my words are, from the depth of my soul, the light of truth of me and the presence of Creator in my life. The guest artist, Anna Marie Sewell whose powerful, moving and volcanic medicine words shake foundations of my doubt, fears and insecurities. Her poetry is a deep conscience upon the voices of our mother’s and fathers lands, of begins, listening, growing, accepting and sharing. Thank you Dr.Norman Cornett, thank you Anna Marie Sewell for walking into bear hills….

  6. far BE yond says:

    Day 4 DASH
    Well Windy, What a trip. Thank you so much for the sessions. And thank you for presenting us with Ms. Sewell’s writing to ponder. I feel you tailored it well to fit the group. I wonder if you do this with all groups. It makes me wonder what a session would be like with Jazz musicians or painters or another group. I think it will take a while for everything to gel but I’m getting used to the concepts. Yeah man. I hope you have a better understanding of things for having spent time with us. Next time I get to read all of your writing eh? lol Take care man!

  7. Kriista Karma Okeymow says:

    what an honor to have met windy aka Dr. Cornell and Anna Marie Sewell. an amazing experience. getting to know the professor and author and co-workers was fun. It rattled me at first but i’m glad i didn’t procrastinate and not show up because this is an event I will always remember especially when Bob Segar against the wind plays lol.. Much Love, praise and Gratitude
    Knock Out
    Universal Cree Philosopher

  8. mike says:

    day 5———-today was an awesome day, too bad all good things have to come to an end. gonna fly with the FEATHER that WINDY gave me. it was good laughing with BIGGISH WORM and also with the group TML of the universal cree philosophers

  9. Omiyosiw says:

    Day 5 –
    Today is our last day, Anna Marie Sewell came in who is the author of the poems that we have studied, dissected, reviewed and interpreted in our own perspectives. We had so much writing it was hard to fit in everything that we wrote about, Professor Cornett gave us all a gift that is very meaning full and I give thanks to him for bringing the writer out in me, for giving me the acceptance I needed to hear. I will be taking with me what no one can take away, memories, wisdom, confidence, and new skills that I can use and also life skills that I will keep with me. There were emotional days, laughter, anger, triggers, in all the context of what we covered.

    Hai Hai, Thank you!

  10. Kendra says:

    DAY 5

    Today was awesome =) With hearing everyone’s writings and some were owning it. getting to meet the author of whom we have been reading over through out the week. Today was a great experience and will hold in my heart as a great memory to look back at or every time i hear “AGAINST THE WIND” Song lol. Thanks to Windy & Biggish Worm for coming to share their knowledge, experiences, creativity to us.

    Kenji
    Universal Cree Philosophers

  11. Kendra says:

    DAY 4

    Yesterday was fun and exciting when the CBC came by. It got a bit emotional but was glad I shared my experience the day before. I really enjoy hearing what we have wrote when Windy reads it out loud it would be great if some of us would come forward and say I wrote that. =) This is the last day with Windy and so thankful we got to meet him and he came to share his knowledge, Hope Windy blows back this way on our graduation date. =)

    KENJI
    Universal Cree Philosophers

  12. Taren Yellowbird says:

    Day 4

    I was fashionably late today. I was also in a foul mood because I was arguing with my mother on the drive to class. I made it just in time for the CBC filming of our class in action. That was nerve wracking but I was too pissed off to let it phase me. As I sat down and listened to Windy (Dr.Cornett) read yesterday’s writings, I got the distinct feeling that he was reading something I wrote, and I smirked wide. He was discussing the opera song he played the other day. He read my reaction (stream of consciousness) and what hope means to me (my working definition of) and I was astounded by what he said. The words were so raw and real that it hurt to hear. They were powerful, even though I felt so womanly and weak yesterday. Showing my true colors crying like no one was watching.

    By the end of the day I just wanted it to end but alas, we got homework to do. These past 4 days have been chalk full of intellectual stimulation and I forgot what it felt like to think on my toes for days on end. I do it anyway in the business I conduct, but I know how to pace myself and take breaks when I am fatigued. But I do understand we only have a week with Windy to get this all down our throats. Lets hope there is no regurgitation and this knowledge stays where it belongs. Within us, because creativity is no ‘liver quiver’, it comes from deep within.

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  13. WinterHawk says:

    Tansi,
    What a day yesterday was. I cried yet again. The purging of the old and it is good. Tears streaming down my face like a waterfall. Slow and steady and silent. You can’t stop the flood of tears that flows out. I tried not to cry but it was inevitable. Like this new day, with the sun shining. Change is inevitable and a part of life. I am glad in this new moment. I thank the Creator for this new day. I am a new me. I loved what Windy said yesterday. “You can let other people define your life. Or..You can define your life”. What hope and promise I found in that. Wow. The possibilities. THE POSSIBILITIES!!!!!
    OUT OF THE ASHES, I RISE!
    Thank you for a great day yesterday, and I look forward for the new.

  14. Samsonite says:

    Tansi,
    What a day yesterday was. I cried yet again. The purging of the old and it is good. Tears streaming down my face like a waterfall. Slow and steady and silent. You can’t stop the flood of tears that flows out. I tried not to cry but it was inevitable. Like this new day, with the sun shining. Change is inevitable and a part of life. I am glad in this new moment. I thank the Creator for this new day. I am a new me. I loved what Windy said yesterday. “You can let other people define your life. Or..You can define your life”. What hope and promise I found in that. Wow. The possibilities. THE POSSIBILITIES!!!!!
    OUT OF THE ASHES, I RISE!
    Thank you for a great day yesterday, and I look forward for the new.

  15. Kriista Karma Okeymow says:

    day 1 got introduced to a professor. nice guy.said this week was guna be life changing….. i doubted it lmao,. I remember Bob Segar and writing out what i thought a the song.
    day 2 this was the first time I was able to write out what was hidden within me, my feelings out on paper. therapeutic very healing. i was omg i wrote that (well you know what i mean I didnt know how much i was hiding emotion) lol.
    day 3 i felt like i could control my breathing, what a relieve. all this from gettin intouch with inner feelings. I wrote before but his excersizes for creative writing was inspiring. the talking in a circle and hearing everyones writings and perspective was very interesting. everyone in the group had amazing words sentences paragraphs and stream a conscience.
    day 4 I thought this writing had nothing to do with entrepreneurship but it had everything to do with it. finding your passion being creative and imaginative and applying that to work.
    feeling blessed to be in this class❤ yes it is life changing. everyone is seeking for what makes sense in this crazy world and seeking for what makes their heart pound.
    day 5 is yet to start and i cant wait.
    Knock Out

  16. keifer khaleifer the baleifer says:

    day 1 got introduced to a professor. nice guy.said this week was guna be life changing….. i doubted it lmao,. I remember Bob Segar and writing out what i thought a the song.
    day 2 this was the first time I was able to write out what was hidden within me, my feelings out on paper. therapeutic very healing. i was omg i wrote that (well you know what i mean I didnt know how much i was hiding emotion) lol.
    day 3 i felt like i could control my breathing, what a relieve. all this from gettin intouch with inner feelings. I wrote before but his excersizes for creative writing was inspiring. the talking in a circle and hearing everyones writings and perspective was very interesting. everyone in the group had amazing words sentences paragraphs and stream a conscience.
    day 4 I thought this writing had nothing to do with entrepreneurship but it had everything to do with it. finding your passion being creative and imaginative and applying that to work.
    feeling blessed to be in this class❤ yes it is life changing. everyone is seeking for what makes sense in this crazy world and seeking for what makes their heart pound.
    day 5 is yet to start and i cant wait.
    Knock Out

  17. preston nepoose says:

    Universal cree phlosophers, H-Town-Presto, Change It Up

  18. charlotte says:

    Day 4 – Everything is very interesting I really wanted to come to class

  19. preston nepoose says:

    DAY 3 i really liked it more practicing writing getting better and im sorry i missed day 4 when the cbc news came in

  20. Far BE yond says:

    Day 4
    YESterday was fun. I’m very glad that I have had the opportunity to participate in this seminar. The reading and writing is pretty easy. I’ve done a lot of it, never quite like this exactly though. I enjoyed the CBC interview. I have been doing the critical thinking in the exercises , it is a great way to fully flesh out thoughts, both positive and negative. Some of the poetry made me feel good, some contemplative and some of it pissed me off.

    Creativity is and will always be a huge part of my life so I liked that it was the focus of much of the days activities. The emotional attachment and memory triggered by music is an amazing thing, the subject of which triggered me and I had a difficult time talking about it. I didn’t ignore it and wont in the future. I have resigned myself to stop disliking Bob Seger. haha. I will now remember the song as being attached to the seminar and the dialogic methodology. Thank you Windy for the shared experience.

    Far-BE-yond
    of the UNIVERSal CREE Philosophers.

  21. Deanne says:

    Day 4-
    The Good. The Bad. The Ugly
    May 29, 2014 was day 4 with Dr. Cornett aka Windy, and I have to say there is just good and certainly nothing bad, and ugly about him taking the time to teach The Change It Up program. Everything we have learned so far falls into place with business. Who would have known that poetry had anything to do with business? I didn’t know until now. I’m amazed, and sad to say that today is the last day of his classes. He may be leaving, but he is leaving behind something of great value: my memory of him and his lessons. I know that his lessons will be beneficial to me when the time comes for me to apply them to my business and my life. Especially if I ever find myself running against the wind =). lol
    Forever grateful,
    Princess Goddess
    of the Universal Cree Philosophers.

  22. Taren Yellowbird says:

    Day 3

    Today was a rather emotional day and I set off a series of events with my womanly cries. We listened to a piece of classical opera music blindfolded. I was already upset from something earlier that morning and that music triggered a flood of emotions for me. I was silently weeping underneath my purple silk tie that was tied around my eyes. I was trying to stay angry and the music released what I was trying to hold in. The song reminded me of my mother, who has kidney failure, and it hit home for me. It reminded me of all the times she tried to teach me Cree, but I was too stubborn to learn. It reminded me of the precious time I have left with her. Today was a great lesson in what music can do for the hurting soul that is in need of soothing.

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  23. Dave Buffalo says:

    Day 4
    Well I had much more time to think, ponder and share with the Universal Cree Philosophers yet another day. The song we had read and covered by Kenny Chesney was beautiful and memorable. About the past, my past. I certainly did recall a point of memory in my past, my historical living and beginnings that have long since past. There are parts of the past that I can still recall without difficulty or effort at all. Sometimes my memory seem so small and I have gotten
    through it all. The terror, pain and fear of it all don’t seam so hard after all. It was my constant gardening, weeding and tilling it all. I didn’t know I had it all.

    Buffalo Thinder

  24. mike says:

    day 4——- yesterday started scary, knowing that CBC were gonna be here in class and then it got so EMOTIONAL i just about walked out to have a good cry geez i hope today is gonna be a better day, the best part of yesterday was the IMAGINATION part because your on your own and thoughts are all your’s TML of the universal cree philosophers

  25. WinterHawk says:

    Day 3
    Tansi.
    Yesterday was my first day at Change it up. I met Dr Cornett yesterday and He is pretty cool. I want to thank everyone for allowing me to join and be a part of your group. I really enjoyed listening to everyone’s words and how they put them together (on their writing of Susan Boyle’s cover of ‘I had a dream’). That song is a happy place for me. A ‘trigger’ for good thoughts. So I liked listening to all that goodness. I loved the exercise yesterday. It became emotional for me and I guess I needed to get that out of the way because, as Windy said, something can come out of that (okay he said it so much better) but I agree, and moving along. Its a great day to learn, and be creative!

  26. Deanne says:

    Day 3-
    The Good. The Bad. The Ugly
    On May 28, 2014 the day was just as interesting as the last. No matter what the context of every exercise we did I enjoyed each and everyone of them. There is a creative side in everyone and seeing that creative side in the Universal Cree Philosophers makes me feel a closer connection to them. Windy A.K.A Dr. Cornett has brought out the deeper side of our conversations that we have had in this class, and I really enjoy these conversations, so far. He also added to my brand name. He explained that Chronos is the God of Time, and since I loaned him my watch for the week that now makes me the “Goddess” of Time =)
    P.S
    I think Bob Seger’s song “Against the Wind” is growing on me.
    Sincerely,
    Princess “Goddess”
    of the Universal Cree Philosophers

  27. Far Beyond says:

    Day Three Dash
    Taking inventory, Yesterday we elicited an emotional response through music, literature, the experiences of others and a line of questioning. This is a powerful thing either personally or when we can learn how to elicit emotional responses from our clients and or customers. I understand this to be true. Windy’s methodology can be painful, however it is effective. I know that i must truly try to understand the meaning of what people/clients are saying and REALLY listen. I don’t know everything and it is great to know that for everything that I don’t know, there is someone out there who does. Not clucking like a chicken yet but enjoying the deep reading, writing and listening.
    FarBEyond
    of the Universal Cree Philosophers

  28. Kendra Swampy says:

    DAY 1-

    May 26, 2014 THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY

    Today was very interesting we all met Dr. Cornett A.K.A Windy. We all made brand names for ourselves for the week and came up with a community name for our group instead of Change It Up, we are called the Universal Cree Philosophers. We also did exercises of writing, reading over lyrics, poems, that he handed out. At first I was wondering why are we reading it over and over but I remembered to stay open minded and that it is something different. Also, when we first did the “Against the Wind” exercise we went around and got feedback on what we thought of. When it got to me, my mind went blank. Lol. I was in shock, sort of because I had a Deja Vu. I get these a lot and I surprise myself and others. Besides the Deja Vu, I found it to be interesting and it opens your mind. Excited to see and learn for rest of the week.

    KENJI
    Universal Cree Philosophers

  29. Kendra Swampy says:

    DAY 3-

    For me, I think yesterday was interesting and we learn more about each other day by day. I like how we watch clips and really open our minds to find the lesson. I never thought of Shawshank Redemption has so many lessons or things to make you think beyond. I have watched it tons of times with my dad, it is one of his favorite movies and every time I have watched it with him he points out different things that we never heard or seen before. Just like yesterday when we heard the lady sing opera that was a different experience and interesting on how everyone came up with a different point of view. Then when we watched the clip from Shawshank Redemption where they play the opera song and it made me see it different. I never really thought of why he played it or why all the cell mates stopped what they were doing until we did the exercise. These exercises ” Deep Reading” Windy is getting us to do is awesome how we come up with different ideas and how it really opens our creative minds. We learn lots from Windy as I’m sure he learns lots from us as well. I thank Windy for coming here to teach us for the week and for being open with us about his life yesterday. Also, can’t wait to see how today goes and what’s in store for us Friday. =)

    Kenji
    Universal Cree Philosophers

  30. mike says:

    day 3 ___to be young again, susan boyle is the perfect example of your never too old to be the best. exercise 7 was judgemental in my books, exercise 9 was all about patience and time, exercise 10 was awesome, all about unity, asking WINDY a question we were too scared to ask turned too emotional at the end. TML of the universal cree philosophers

  31. Lovelei says:

    Day 1- I really enjoyed this day ! Makes me feel bad because i missed out on lots of learning …. Ready to learn more bring it on Professor C !! 🙂

  32. Dave Buffalo says:

    Day 3: The good is I am still here listening to Windy, The bad is I am prepared for an interview and my dogs dirty me up! The ugly is well ……I can’t think of any….Well yesterday was thoughtful and provocative. I like to hear, listen to my fellow entrepreneurs, the powerful words that are being written and shared….I was asking myself who wrote that? Who is this person who drafted those words? And as Windy continued to share the many words from many participants the room had become suddenly full, there was more and more people, power filling the room, in every space, standing room only! I couldn’t even imagine that the words articulated onto paper from me, her, him came from US! I had absolutely no sense, idea or expectation that I, she or him, had such powerful words within us, to share, to hear, to contribute. I am still pondering, wondering what does the poetry serve in Windy’s teaching? Guess I will find out just soon enough.

    Universal Cree Philosophers
    Buffalo Thunder

  33. Omiyosiw says:

    Day 3 –
    Yesterday we starting our day by sharing what we had wrote the day before, I think that that part of the day is the best to me, because I don’t really ever get the chance to share what I wrote, it was quite flattering that people were taking notes from what I wrote or said it sounded like it should be in a book🙂 I am the youngest one in the class so its nice to get noticed for my personal thoughts and that it cheered some people up. Those thought were from my stream of consciousness, unfiltered unedited and just jotted down. We shared a lot of our thoughts and it was an emotional day for some.. We watched a movie clip, read poems and listened to music from two very different genres, my favorite was the opera music surprisingly.. Today we are being interviewed from CBC news so that it a little nerve racking, not sure what questions to expect yet..

  34. preston nepoose says:

    DAY 2- really enjoying windy in class showing us these poems cant wait to meet who wrote them. universal cree philosophers H-town-presto

  35. Samsonite says:

    Day 2- morning was good but i didn’t stay to long had to go. cant wait to get back.

    Samsonite
    Universal Cree Philosophers

  36. charlotte says:

    Day 2 – It was a very interesting day yesterday, Although I wonder what poems have to do with business, maybe it will make sense later on in the week. The instructor also said we will meet the author looking forward to it, Looking forward to what we will learn today.
    cj
    Universal Cree Phiopsophers

  37. keifer khaleifer the baleifer says:

    day2-
    the good,the bad,the ugly.
    yesterday we did some writing on well i dont know to be honest to me it was confusing lol i started getting frustrated and didnt want to write so i wrote what ever came to my head like now anyway it wasnt to bad i guess but i must admit it dr.cornets method to teach is really interesting and im enjoyuing having him teach us his lessons

  38. mike says:

    day 2 _____what i learned yesterday was that your never too old to make things happen like susan boyle showed us, personally i didn’t like exercise #7 because of racism TML of the universal cree philosophers

  39. Dave Buffalo says:

    Day 2: Well taking stock of day 2 of the good the bad and the ugly…..with this professor from Quebec! he has to be insane, mad and crazy….,.he probably going “wiht’ti’go’ [wendig0] AND I like it……I had to remind, reaffirm myself that I am in a BUSINESS COURSE! WHAT THE HELL AM I SPOUTING POETRY FOR……..WHAT THE HELL HAS POETRY GOT TO DO WITH MY BUSINESS????? Anyways day 2 dialogical circle hhhmmmm….the last piece of written narrative was a bullet to the bone….opening up dark places where dark things live….the dark side of the human soul…..the dark side of my soul, my human being-ness….I kept the work in-perspective and had to ask myself “what is here for me that is not yet visible?” …….the bad is when participants do not participate….it is very nerve wrecking, disappointing and heartbreaking to see, listen to someone not participating in these little workshop/exercises with this resourceful, powerful and insightful man, whom may or may not be back??I like the Susan Boyle short clip om UK idol….she certainly has a powerful voice……I want a powerful voice, just like hers……BE HERE OR BE FEAR…….”as a man thinkith so he is”….

  40. Far BE yond says:

    Day TWO dash

    It’s Official, I’m sick of Bob Segar. I do like music But I have to change it up constantly. I do believe that the professor is brainwashing us to perform some type of pavlovian trick and I’m hoping by the end I’m not clucking like a chicken whenever I hear Bob Segar. But in all honesty I did enjoy the writing. The focus of the writing was indigenous poetry, Something that I was once obsessed with. So that was cool. It was demonstrated how reading, seeing and hearing elicit different responses and are perceived in completely different ways. I think the mad Doctor may be onto something. I liked the Susan Boyle clip and the movie clip. It is interesting, my perception as an indigenous person in an indigenous group talking about indigenous issues with a white dude professor. I’m sure we are teaching him as much as he is teaching us. After all that is what dialogue is right? An open ended two sided exchange of listening and speaking. Authenticity also is of the utmost importance.
    Respectively,
    FarBeyond of the
    Universal Cree Philosophers.

  41. Deanne says:

    Day 2-
    The Good. The Bad. The Ugly
    May 27, 2014 was another interesting day thanks to Windy A.K.A Dr. Cornett. I enjoy the exercises we’ve done, because they’re new to me, and I love figuring out new way’s of learning. I am mostly learning about myself and the way I think. I am also learning about my classmates and the way they think too, so its awesome that these exercises provide me with different perspectives. I think I surprised a few of my classmates with a few comments I made. The best thing about these exercises is that I can say whatever I want without thinking I am wrong. Windy say’s, “The only wrong question is the unasked question.” Saying that has given me confidence to say more about what I think on a certain topic.
    Sincerely,
    Princess
    of the Universal Cree Philosophers

  42. Taren Yellowbird says:

    Day 2

    The class did some more “deep reading” today. I kept it short and sweet because I don’t like to be long drawn with my answers. I’ve learned the art of sticking it to the man, so to speak, by being blunt in my delivery. Some days I have lots to share, but others I just like to listen and learn. I really like the fact that I can sit there and absorb what the Professor is saying and know what he is saying. A lot of the writings talked of ambition and finding passion in life. I feel that is where I am at right now. I am in the process of honing my God given gifts and refining my attitude that will reflect my growth as a human being. God knows I’ve been through hell and back. I feel like I am finally on the right track. I am curious about life, always have been, and always seem to learn the hard way. I’m coming to find that there is an easier, softer way. If only I open up my mind to the possibilities.

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  43. Shanna O says:

    Day One –
    Yesterday I liked that Professor Cornett read all of our papers, I had a good idea of who wrote what. I liked that my whole page was shared. It was awesome to hear everyone point of views. We went over some other poems and also found out CBC news is wanting to interview us all and record us. Makes me a bit nervous but excited..

  44. Taren Yellowbird says:

    Day 1

    Meeting Dr. Cornett for the first time was an interesting experience. I felt like I was back at the UofA in a creative writing class, only this time, it was actually stimulating and fun to do the work. He does these exercises called “deep reading” whereby we go over a selected piece of writing in excess of 5x and each time we find something different about it. I really enjoy his enthusiasm and passion for teaching. We came up with brand names and mine just so happens to be AMAZON, because honestly that’s what I think about myself. I’m in a place and time that will propel me forward to be the best version of myself that I can possibly be. I’m excited to see what this week holds.

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  45. Kendra says:

    DAY 2-
    May 27, 2014 was interesting through out the day minus hearing “Against the Wind”. We had some great topics that came up and hearing everybody’s thoughts were awesome. I thought when Windy read out some of our work but did not say the name was cool, we have some really deep creative writers in our group. Doing these exercises really opens your mind and some really awesome ideas come to mind. Yesterday was a great day even though Against the Wind was stuck in my head after we were done. =)

    Sincerely,

    Kenji
    of the
    Universal Cree Philosophers

  46. Shanna O says:

    Day One –
    First we watched a clip from the movie “Dead Poets Society” My take on the clip was that it made me feel uncomfortable for the character, I didn’t find it as good as everyone else did. The unorthodox way of teacher was interesting but I would not appreciate it at all if a teacher ever did that to me. I did however like that he came up with a poem on the top of his head using creativity that he didn’t know he had. We went through the song Against the wind which was my first time hearing it, I knew it was lyrics easily and took my own take on it. We wrote one word from it, one sentence, one paragraph, stream of consciousness, a tweet and a name … We also read another poem that I named Be humble but take pride, which I like the most of them all, mostly because it resonated with me. Everyone had their own take of the poem. The other poem “Shit” I found funny because I named it soil so maybe I was thinking more positively about “shit”. We all got to brand ourselves which I am still getting used to.. There is Princess, Kendi, Far Beyond, TML, CJ, DZ40 Samsonite, BuffaloThunder, H-Town-Presto, Amazon, Wonderwoman, Knockout.

    – Omiyosiw (Oh-Me-Yo-Sue)

    Of the Universal Cree Philosophers

  47. Deanne says:

    Day 1-
    The Good. The Bad. The Ugly
    May 26, 2014 was an interesting day in the Change It Up program. The class and I met Dr. Cornett A.K.A Windy. He say’s “The life un-reflected is not worth living.” which is a quote by Socrates. I like this quote, because it helps me remember that there are some things in my life that I should reflect on and ask myself, “What can I do better?”. Windy asked the class to do a few exercises that made us use our creativity. I had fun doing the exercises, but he also made us listen to Bob Seger’s song, “Against the Wind” about 5 times thoughout the day, and to be honest I am already sick of that song =). It’s playing right now as I type. lol. Today we are going on day 2, and I’m excited to see what he is going to have us doing today.
    Sincerely,
    Princess
    of the Universal Cree Philosophers

  48. preston nepoose says:

    DAY 1 i really liked yesterday liked the writing
    H-Town-Presto
    universal cree philosophers

  49. charlotte says:

    day 1- What worked from day 1 was how a person can remember names that was done by giving ourselves a brand name, also the sharing of ideas and opinions. Also looking forward to meeting the author i am anxious to hear why he wrote the poem. I couldn’t understand why use poems in business

  50. Samsonite says:

    Day 1
    (The Good The Bad The Ugly)
    Yesterday was good, i really enjoyed it with the blindfolding. also made it easier listing to the song than reading it over and over. The bad i dont think there was anything really bad about it, i really enjoyed the class yesterday. The ugly was when people would walk in and interupt the group with there lateness. also when they would just show up for a half hour and leave I thought that was rude why even bother showing up!

    Samsonite

  51. Dave Buffalo says:

    day 1: well the time and experience with Windy has been confusing and fast….the pace is thunderously quick, and insightful. Paying attention and participating fully is amazing, and IDK where this soulful poetry is coming from within me???

    Fear is the cheapest room in [my] house, I’d rather live in better conditions” I want to be in better conditions in all aspects of my life,in all the empty rooms in the mansion of my mind…..

    Listening to Windy I imagine myself a rock, to anchor myself against the wind, so that I can hear his meaningful, powerful words that impact, imprinted and implanted upon me and within me……
    It’s never to late to unlearn the unnecessary, unlearn unconquered truth…….truth is truth in any language…….I tap the knowing that is all around, in everything visible and everything invisible

    Buffalo Thunder
    Universal Cree Philosophers

  52. mike says:

    day one- against the wind was awesome ,the 2nd exersize was confusing and the 3rd was interesting this is tml of the universal cree philosophers

  53. Far BE yond says:

    Day 1 Dash

    Yesterday was Monday. I usually don’t mind Mondays because nowwadays they are like any other day for me, I wake up and work on jewellery. They are like Sundays or Thursdays. This Monday was different. Some professor who talks kinda funny came in and monkey wrenched my routine. But that’s OK because sometimes I hate routine. He made me listen to some old song over and over. I’m sure he had a reason for it because he say’s he is really smart and seems to know lots of cool people. He made me do a lot of reading and writing, I don’t mind reading or writing especially when its not government forms or applications or red tape bullshit. I was interested in the creative writing because I’m slightly witty. The Professor guy told me to Call him “Windy” and told me also to give myself a brand name so I did. I’m sure he has a reason because he says he’s pretty smart and seems to know a lot of cool people. He did a number of excercises on what he calls stream of consciousness it was cool because he us to just write and not think of wheither it was right or wrong. I like that. I don’t like worrying about being wrong. I enjoy hearing stories of success and growth, The professor guy, I mean “Windy” seems to have a lot of them. I wasn’t really out of my comfort zone. It was cool. If he can teach me something then I’m all for it. I think I may be sick of Bob Segar by the end of the week but that’s OK. I never really liked that song anyways.

    Respectively
    far BE yond
    of the
    Universal Cree Philosophers

  54. May Lay says:

    Welcome back Professor Cornett!

  55. Heather peigan says:

    I’m Looking forward to your presentation on Monday🙂

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