Skip to main content

A Whole New World

No, not the main track from Disney's Aladdin (not linking anything, I do not need Walt Disney on my rear during times like this.) This entire lockdown and pandemic that is taking the world by storm has provided me with more free time than I could ever imagine. Through the years I never deleted this blog, nor did I give up the rights to my domain for The Geekly Reader, so now I have no excuse not to get back to writing more often. Yes, I was lazy, but there is more than that....my full time job included many extras that kept me busy six days a week. When I was not working I was playing Uber driver for my two active kids, running them from activity to activity.....oh to be young again.

Now, in late March of 2020 I am going to take advantage of my time by coming back and writing more often. I am sure it is like riding a bike...and I am sure I will make mistakes that my mom will text me about so I can fix them. School has been closed since Friday, 3/13/2020 due to the Corona Virus (ominous, I know) here is what I have been doing with my free time:

  • Writing a daily journal entry, old school style, pen and notebook to document everything taking place
  • Posting a daily instagram post starting with Tuesday 3/17/2020 to document everything taking place, daily with a photo or two
  • Cooking more often (I am no Gordon Ramsay)
  • Walking the dog more often (on days where it is not freezing)
  • Keeping in touch with friends and family
  • Taking my daughter driving so she can earn hours
  • Providing educational information to AP students, my senior seminar students, and student council members daily.
  • Cleaning the house.....cleaning the house....cleaning the house
  • I recorded my first podcast with an old friend from high school....more to come on that.

I wish everyone well, and hope you are able to stay safe and well during these unprecedented times. It may be hard, but try and find some hobbies and/or tasks that help you get through each day....we all need to be searching for positives. Feel free to join me on this journey back to writing and sharing...we all need to find some good during these times.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Your Own Personal Library Catalog

So, how many of you have remember using an old style, card catalog?  You know, you want to find a book in your local library, so you pull out the long drawers flipping through cards.  Well those days are long gone of course (thankfully) and nearly all libraries use an electronic catalog system to keep track of their collections.  Many of the school districts in Wayne County are using a system developed by Follett .  It is a great system for school age children and prepares them for many of the advanced catalogs available in public and university libraries. Catalog software is quite expensive and really impractical for home libraries.  Some book lovers may create their own spreadsheet or database to keep track of their books, however there is a great (free) tool online to not only catalog your books, but also meet and communicate with other book lovers online.  The site  librarything.com is a wonderful site that lets you catalog your own home library.  Think of it as a "Facebook

A Once-In-A-Lifetime Event

Back in November I wrote about what I believe to be the best part of my job; running into Carlson High School graduates that are success stories and hearing about how well they are doing in the "real world."  Carlson High School graduate Nathan Matatall is clearly one of these success stories.  After graduating from Carlson High School and Michigan State University Nathan has gone on to very successful career at Dell Computers.  The News Herald even published a feature piece on Nathan a few years ago.  This past week, Nathan provided my family with a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will never forget.   Nathan, my former public speaking student, contacted me via email a few weeks ago and inquired about taking my kids on a tour of Marine One (one of the helicopters used to transport The President of the United States and other dignitaries) and to possibly attend the landing of Air Force One when President Obama was scheduled to arrive in Detroit.  I was very excited a

A Little R & R

I decided to take a little R & R before things get crazy with back to school.  I wanted to spend some time with my family for these final weeks of summer, so I decided a break from writing was in order.  A trip to Kalahari and fun times with friends and family made August fly by.  So, what does school year 2014 bring for me?  Quite a bit, as always: Back to teaching two courses at Wayne County Community College.  Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings I head to Northline Road to teach college level English.  I really love this second job! Tuesday, I start my 17th year at O.A. Carlson High School.  While public education continues to face challenges, there is no other job for me at this time.  I love my co-workers and students.  Gibraltar is a great place to work. I will be running my kids all over as usual.  Gymnastics, religious education, flag football (which I coach as well), and others events "to be determined."  I would not have it any other way.  I love watch