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Houston, Texas (1955)
Memphis, Tennessee (1954) ,
with Ashley Harden
... the brighthot sun/
spreading beneath the trees
invades the ballwashers in the shade: /
the brown grass sloping in swales
to shimmering sand.../
bound by St. Augustine.
Akron, Ohio (1964)
Paju-ri, Korea (1966)
From "Basic Training"
"Get in line, get
You have to do the ladder, boy,/
To eat." The officers and NCOs/
Returned from Nam, blink,/
Stare and sigh, anesthetized/
By the smell of blood./"Medic," the NCOIC says calmly,/
As in a dream, "Someone,/ "Someone get a medic."
The Meaning of Meaning (Language, Linguistic
Analysis, Logical Posivitism)
No Escape (Existentialism)
Prince Andre's Presentiment
Birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton,
Lincolnshire, England (1980)
North Carolina, 1994"
... I step where he has stepped/
Not to disturb the fragile earth,/
black and crumbly/ Beside the stream,
not to disturb the hush/ Of the river’s/
edge where it meets lea water/
And bright round pebbles in the sun./
I watch the deer./
I step into the still water...
Blacksburg, Virginia (2005)
After the storm,/ the mountain pine/
lays down its burden of snow.
From "The Sea at Kamakura"
When the pale sun sank
and the heat, and the city sounds,/
I walked the heavy streets alone, /
below the town, beside the bay,/
to smell the wet sand, taste the air ...
Rusty Earl (2001)
Letters & Essays
to Aspiring Writers"
The two biggest
problems most writers have are (1) not being
aware that writing is, indeed, a thinking process,
and not merely a mechanical processing of words, phrases,
and sentences into computers and onto sheets of paper,
and (2) conflating the writing process into one big
bewildering activity that starts in chaos and ends
less happily than one would have liked.
From "Revising Education"
I am not talking about "America's future," children doing what children do best (having fun growing up "naturally"), nor am I talking about “the farmers,” who have been coaxed (or forced) into doing other things beside teaching ... I am talking about the human asset that is the pride in oneself that comes from living up to one's true potential, Aristotle's entelechy. I am talking about self-respect and the habit of excellence.
From "The Methods and Purposes of Discourse"
There are methods of writing and purposes of writing. A method is one thing, as we all know, and a purpose is something else. Nevertheless, in writing circles these two quite different things have frequently been confused, from time to time causing great consternation among teachers of writing, and sometimes pedagogical and ever political disputes, and confusion, despair, and animosity among students of writing.
Seoul, Korea (1985)
Writing and Editing
Basic Site Construction
Writing for the Web
Nicki & Bruce
Aristotle, "On Friendship"
" ... there are three main reasons why one person might like someone else ... One might like someone because he is good, or because he is useful, or because he is pleasant. And so there are three bases for friendships, depending on which of these qualities binds friends together."
Jose Ortega y Gasset, "Choosing to be Excellent"
"Nobility is defined by the demands it makes on us—by obligations, not by rights."
in Their Summer Dresses"
"Reminders of my poverty
were all about me: the thatched roof, the wicker lattices, the string
beds, the crockery stove. But these did not need to be an impediment
to the workings of the imagination."
Ortega y Gassett, "Learned Ignorance"
specialist 'knows' very well his own tiny corner of the
universe; he is radically ignorant of all the rest."
Little Stony Creek,
Giles County, Virginia (2006)
John Bruce Cantrell
Born: Memphis, Tennessee, August
Address: 605 Newman Lane, Blacksburg,
VA 24060, 1-540-961-5771
Ellabelle Sign (1903-1993) and Henry Grady Cantrell (1899-1971)
New York City (1931)
Dorothy Treadwell (Nicki) Cantrell
with Simona, Caffe della Studente,
Yovana Palacio, Natalia
Rivera, Chang-hyun Cho, Audrey Wang
Gough Square (Instruction, Editing)
INSTRUCTION (English as a Second
Host, Afternoon Tea: Conversational
Tutor, English Composition, Science Writing (ESL)
Tutor, Spoken English: American Phonetics (ESL)
Tutor, E pluribus unim: an American Profile (ESL)
WRITING AND EDITING
Writer: Original Manuscripts
Proofreader: Essays, Articles, Theses, Dissertations
Copyeditor: Articles for Publication
Editor: Texts and Photos
Bruce Cantrell (left, w/ Hannah Stroup),
Angelo Biviano (middle, right, w/ Howard Williams), Dave Davis (right)
Fly Fishing (Instruction, Excursions)
Fly Casting (Basic, Side-Arm,
and Roll Casting)
Introduction to Fly Fishing, with Casting
Fly Fishing for Bass, with New River Excursion
Big Stony Creek,
Giles County, Virginai
Jackson River, Bath
Little Stony Creek, Giles County, Virginia
Mossy Creek, Augusta County, Virginia
New River, Montgomery County,
Rapidan River, Madison County, Virginia
Smith River, Henry County, Virginia
South Fork, Holston River, Smyth County, Virginia
Whitetop Laurel Creek, Washington County, Virginia
Tai Chi as taught
by Grandmaster Cheng Man-ch'ing (1901-1975)
Style Tai Chi Chuan (Instruction)
Tai Chi (Warm-Up Exercises, Rudiments)
Intermediate Temple Style Tai Chi ("First Third")
Advanced Tai Chi (Grandmaster Cheng Man-ch'ing's Short Form)
Pushing Hands (Tai Chi Chuan for Self-Defense)
Ch'an, Son, and Zen Sitting Meditation (Breathing Exercises)
Tai Chi for Mental Health and Physical Fitness
Private Tutor, English as a Second Language
Graduate English as a Second Language
Instructor, Spoken English (American Phonetics)
Instructor, Graduate English Composition for ESL
Blacksburg Baptist Church, ESL
Conversational English as a Second Language
Blacksburg Recreation Center
Instructor, Evening Tai Chi at BRC, 2010-
Morning Tai Chi at BRC, 2010-
Instructor, Intermediate Tai Chi at BRC, 2012-
Instructor, Beginning Tai Chi, 2003-05, 2012-
Assistant Instructor, Tai Chi (Sifu Thomas Richardson), 2003-05
Lecturer: Photography, Fly Fishing, 2002
YMCA at Virginia Tech, Open University
Instructor, Introduction to Fly Fishing, with Casting
Instructor, Fly Fishing for Bass, with New River Excursion
Instructor, Evening Tai Chi at Meadowbrook,
Instructor, Evening Tai Chi at the Y Center, 2011-2012
Art Pannonia, 114 N. Main, Blacksburg, VA 24060
Instructor, Evening Tai
Chi at Art Pannonia
Morning Tai Chi with Bruce Cantrell
RECENT BUSINESS EXPERIENCE:
2000-2001, VTLS, Inc., Blacksburg,
VA: Sales Information Officer (Proposal Writer)
1997-2000, VTLS, Inc., Blacksburg,
VA: Catalog and Imaging Specialist (Text and Photo Editor)
PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATIVE & TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
1981-1997, Self-employed, Columbia,
Visiting English Professor, Exchange Professor
of English, Consultant
1989-1993, Lexington County,
SC: Home Health Care Provider for Ellabelle Sign Cantrell,
my mother (d. 1993)
1985-1989, Midlands Technical
College, Columbia, SC: Adjunct Professor of English (Composition,
1985 and 1986, Summer Sessions,
Columbia Collge, Columbia, SC, and Sungshin Women's U., Seoul, Korea: Exchange Professor of English
(Composition, American Literature
1982-1983, Columbia College, Columbia, SC: Visiting Professor, Scientific and Technical Writing
1981-1982, Coker College, Hartsville, SC: National Teaching Fellow in Composition and Director of the Writing Center
Hat"/ Sorak San/ "Pink Unbrella"
1971-1981, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
1976-1981, U. of South Carolina,
Columbia, SC: Assistant Professor of English (Advanced Writing),
Director of the Writing Lab
1977-1978, Research Grants, NEH, Washington, DC: Visiting Humanist, Program Officer, Research Conferences
1975-1976, U. of South Carolina,
Columbia, SC: Instructor (Tutor), Founding Director of the
1971-1975, U. of South Carolina,
Columbia, SC: GRA (Library Acquisitions), GTA (Composition)
PREVIOUS BUSINESS EXPERIENCE:
Federal Savings & Loan,
Atlanta, GA: Loan Officer and Branch Manage
Discharge, Capt., Artillery, USAR: Letter of Commendation,
National Defense Service Medal. Instruction: General Artillery Principles (USAR)
1967-1968, 1st Lieut.,
Artillery, USA, Company B, 5th Battalion, 2nd Training Brigade,
Ft. Gordon, GA: Basic Training Company Commander, a captain's
posting. Instruction: Close Order Drill
1966-1967, 2nd Lieut.,
Artillery, USA, MacDonald Barracks, 7th Division Artillery,
Korea: 7th Division Artillery Assistant Operations & Training
Officer, a captain's posting. Instruction: Advanced Gunnery, Artillery Positioning, Safety Procedures
1966, 2nd Lieut.,
Artillery, USA, Battery C, 1/79 Artillery Battalion, 7th Division
Artillery, Korea: Forward Observer, a second lieutenant's
posting; Fire Direction Officer, a first lieutenant's posting. Instruction: Land Navigation, Gunnery (Fire Direction)
Literature & Philology,
U. of South Carolina (1975): the Beowulf poet and old
Engish literature, Geoffrey Chaucer, Sir Thomas Malory, John
Skelton, Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, Samuel Johnson,
John Keats, Thomas Hardy, William Butler Yeats.
Dissertation: "A Commentary
on Shakespeare's Julius Caesar"
( a philological study of meaning and the evidence
for glosses in 16th and 17th century
English). Leeds Barroll, Director.
MA (with honors), Medieval & Renaissance
English Literature, U. of South Carolina (1972): the
Beowulf poet, Geoffrey Chaucer, Christopher Marlowe, John Donne,
Edmund Spenser, John Milton.
Thesis: "Though Worlds
Judg'd Thee Perverse: Christian Heroism and the Ascent
to Light in Milton's Paradise Lost, Books 1-VI" (obedience
and loyalty in Abdiel's choice). Philip Rollinson, Director.
BSc, English Education, Ohio
State U. (1965, no degree)
BA, English and
Psychology, Ohio State U. (1964)
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