I was wondering when my last official day would be at the office. Turned out to be today. I hung on a month past when my two-weeks ended to help them out and get people trained up, though it was a helluva strain on me many days, trying to keep my cool and not let … Continue reading Free at Last… & now it’s time to pick up the baton & hit the ground running.
It's been a pretty insane little week with people coming in and me trying to just get through waiting for the newbie to get done with training. I have to work tomorrow and I wish I didn't because I'm getting more headaches more often and I just want to be away from work. It kinda … Continue reading I’m almost at the point where I will be free to start over… & I’m wondering how to start.
A few days ago, down in the dumps and letting things wash over me, I thought about really quitting my job. Now, I'm of the opinion that I need to hand in my two weeks notice today. Without a safety net. Without a job lined up and already ready to go. Because all I know … Continue reading Revisiting my plans to quit my job: to jump without a safety net, or not?
For once, the "To-Do List Monster" has kept quiet and not reared it's ugly head too often the past couple of months. Busy, busy, busy, and still not much of a to-do list. I never thought that'd make things worse as far as long-term goals went. Surprisingly, my most common procrastination method is more helpful … Continue reading Need to get the foot out of my mouth (that’s where the clarinet goes, dammit)
(photo from article in War History Online) I'm a bit of a rock, jazz and blues person, so of course Tony Bennett's been on my radar. He has a good voice and some great collaborations. I'm not a superfan, don't even have an album of his, but he's been on and off the radar a … Continue reading The things we learn about other people…
I think this is one of those questions that's so damned simple til we really get thinking about it, kinda like the meaning of the word "freedom." What do we expect from our kids, from younger Millennials and the kids growing up today? Technically, I myself am a Millennial, but among the older ones (which … Continue reading #060–What do we expect from American teenagers today?
My Copy: 9780452281905 (image from amazon.com) The third stage of Pelzer's memoirs: his adulthood and the learning curve that never stops. I appreciate reading the honesty in the pages. Dave isn't a perfect person going "woe is me" when bad things happen; he's trying to understand them as best he can and falls into bad … Continue reading A Man Named Dave, by Dave Pelzer
Let's face it--if you've ever talked with a teacher, parent, student (or better yet, pretty much anybody with a shred of connection to education and isn't paid by the textbook companies), the issue of "standardized testing" comes up eventually...and never with a true smile. I became a certified teacher in 2008. When training in college, … Continue reading #028–What POSITIVE purpose does standardized testing have?
I got to thinking again about maybe using a pen name when I start submitting stories again. My main reason for this is simple: my last name gives telemarketers apoplexy. I can't imagine seeing a customer try to find it on a bookstore shelf, or somebody on a book-talk radio show trying to pronounce it. It's tough enough for people I've known a while, let alone complete strangers.
With a world going to hell so quickly, we need the arts more than ever. They bring hope...and for that we need artists to keep cultural spirit alive and running...so don't give up, and maybe the arts will get the recognition they deserve.