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I got a scholarship. I received the Jesse H. Jones scholarship that got me through TSU. I had one teacher, Dr. Mary Jordan Atkinson—she was a history teacher and philanthropist—who helped me financially. Dr. Atkinson was the person who pushed me to submit some of my [written] work to the program that was at TSU so far as art, and I ended up—never having competed before—with two pieces of my work accepted as second place. And I had one professor, Dr. Smith, who recognized my poetic potentials enough to [let me]write my oral exam as a poem.

I’m an artist first. And them I’m a writer, and I guess I’m a poet—I can consolidate writer with poet. No one wanted to recognize me as a poet because I was so good as an artist. At that time they could put a label on you, and unless you were strong enough you would submit to that. It ended up that a lot of my time at TSU was what should have been: just treading the water, you know, seeing what all was out there. And thanks to John Biggers, he did not push me to be like John Biggers with his crosshatch. I was in my freshman drawing class and he took me out of my freshman drawing class and put me on a mural—and I thank him for doing that. I didn’t have to do that freshman drawing class because, he said, “You’re already doing the things that I’m teaching in that class. So you get a ladder and get up there.” And he was showing me how artists through the ages have remained artists and still spoke their piece and influenced a whole bunch of people. He was teaching me the philosophy of art. I didn’t know it, but he was teaching me that, rather than simply drawing pictures. He let me have that kind of freedom to express myself and he wanted me to see what it’s like to be up on that ladder, which is an expression, you know.

Looking ahead

I can say what my thoughts are about the future…and I think that sticking to my guns between the writing and the art [is a part of it] and mostly painting and drawing would be the graphic part of it. I feel like I’m going to be successful at [a]late age because I have done something about it with the help of someone who saw some of my work in a book that was done back in the 50s. I’m thinking that I will be successful…I’ll become known, and am becoming known. Then I won’t be surprised if it does happen. I’ll have this experience that got me ready for now—really got me chock-full of things that I want to draw and paint.

Willie Moore was interviewed on June 6 and June 14, 2006. You can listen to the interview here .

The fireplace

By willie moore

Folks go huntin’

’neath th’ harvest moon

T’ get meats f’r their “vittles”

-like possum ’nd coon,

They eat turtle soup, armadillo, dirty rice

shrimp-gumbo ’nd crawdad pies

It’s goulash, frog legs, alligator tail,

Wild goose, turkey, duck ’nd quail!

It’s the taste o’ budan (stuffed in chittlin’)

“Kansas City wrinkles,” ’nd dry-salt middlin’

(A streak o’ fat ’nd a streak o’ lean),

Fried, or boiled in a pot o’ greens,

It’s fresh pig feet, ’nd hog head cheese,

Smoked-jowl-boiled in black-eyed peas,

It’s rabbit stew f’r supper

If th’ fish won’t bite

-’nd “A chicken on Sunday

is a preacher’s delight!”

Now when supper’s over,

They move with haste,

‘cause it’s story tellin’ time...

’Roun’ the ol’ fireplace!

See a rockin’ chair a-stoppin’

(Y’u c’n hear a fallin’ pin)

There sits a little gray man

With beards on h’s chin:

-He’s th’ kind o’ Uncl’ Remus

-He’s th’ master o’ his art

-He’s creator o’ oration

-’nd th’ actor o’ each part!

He goes “Once upon a time…”As th’ tales begin

-It’s t’ giggle n’d t’ sigh

As ya listen t’ h’m “spin,”Y’ forget it’s ‘maginary

When h’s hands start floatin’

’nd conductin’ th’ response

O’ those a listenin’ an’ emotin’

-It’s silhouettes stilled

Afront th’ hearth,-Barefoot chillunSet f’r fear or mirth,

-Inchin’ closer t’ each other

While sittin’ on th’ floor

-gazin’ at th’ old man,

Glancin’ at th’ door.

Comes Aesop’s Fables –

Like th’ Turtle ’nd th’ Hare

Th’ Fox ’nd th’ Cock –

Now get ready for a scare!

It’s a bat zoomin’ down

Or th’ growlin’ grizzly bear -Or an angry “haint”

On th’ loose out there!

“Sshhh—something ‘s movin’ in th’ brush!

Fireflies hide, crickets hush!”

It’s t’ jump when th’ north wind

Whistles through th’ crack

‘caus y’y’r ‘fraid that th’ Booger-Man

‘s tippin’ ‘hind y’r back!

-It’s enough t’ make y’r hair

Stand straight up on ya head –

It’s t’ duck b’neath th’ cover

When ya hop into th’ bed!

It’s morals mixed with pleasant fright,

’nd ghosts still walk on a rainy night!

It’s vast retrospection

(T’ be used f’r prediction)

It’s a whole lot o’ facts –

Mixed in with th’ fiction

It’s t’ read th’ message between th’ lines

Before we make decisions

Discerning truths that at first glance

Escaped our normal vision

It’s a record o’ th’ past

(held fast in rhyme)

By poets, scribes, and sages

From way back when—t’ present time!

Th’ wisdom of the ages!

Questions & Answers

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FARWA Reply
echoic memory reflect humans visual system
FARWA Reply
getting the information back from stored area of brain is called retrieval
FARWA
no , echoic memory reflect upon things you hear , that's Iconic memory which deals with visual information
Nancy
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Jane Reply
I would start by learning basic terminology and definitions cause there's a lot of it and learning the different concepts behind psychology and there meanings and there use then go onto introduction into psychology
why is psychology a science?
Godslove Reply
it's a social science
Alex
what we define as science is a systematic arrangement of knowledge based on experimental and observational data.so psychology is a science. as for what kind of science it is depends on how and what information are you using in your approach towards understanding the said data and to what conclusion.
imirror
depending on your approach and understanding Psychology can classify as medical or social science like anthropology
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The scientific study of the mind
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Siva
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Saeed
Scientific study of mind soul behaviour and experiences
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Apply social psychology on real life in Nigerian universities campus
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Suppose an individual with OCD experiences obsessive thoughts about germs, contamination, and disease whenever she encounters a doorknob. What might have constituted a viable unconditioned stimulus? 
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What are factors that influence learning?
Enos Reply
Environment Heredity(I am not sure about heredity)
Tusita
Helpful. .. thanks
Enos
Sure, anytime
Tusita
I have other questions also
Enos
Based on the factors affecting learning, how do we improve learning
Enos
I think that addressing that everyone learns in their own time
James
Peer group influence can also be another reason
Sorie
Also knowing what's going on at home. what pressure are the parents putting on them.
James
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James
also is there a lack of care? going one more step. with peer groups do an activity that shows how much they have in common
James
I think one's society has a big role to play in determining what/when & how he/she learns.
BECHEM
multiple reasons at different stages. at the earliest stages of development in a child is behaviour of people around. A baby starts learning basic social expressions and actions by mimicking the people around it. further social and cultural practices enforces learning and behaviour
imirror
from need to nutrition everything affect development and learning when choosing on a single factor of influence it is necessary to keep these other factors in the mind as environment around people is very plastic and flexible and there are many variables playing active role
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to encourage learning it is important to establish curiosity and notion of possibility for more perspectives habit of questioning possibilities and cause and effect in a great way to encourage learning in my opinion. language is another important factor
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the role of emotional intelligence in a courtship behavior
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Source:  OpenStax, Houston reflections: art in the city, 1950s, 60s and 70s. OpenStax CNX. May 06, 2008 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col10526/1.2
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