Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some timely catching up with friends (old and new)!

If we were having coffee this week, I’d still be unable to think of little else than the riots we’re seeing across the country.

I’ve been donating to worthy causes that counter violence and actually help. I’m praying and fasting for peace, justice, respect and kindness.

I have been rereading the sumptuous Swann’s Way, the first book of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. It’s a book I must savor and have to stop to look up references and words so it’s slow going, but worth it. I do need something quick though like a sophisticated graphic novel.

I began tutoring a new student from Afghanistan. Nahid is a young dentist who hasn’t been out of school for long. We’ve met three times and it’s hard for me to plan because it’s hard to determine what her English proficiency is so I’m looking for a free test that gives me a better idea. She’s very passive and we work on Skype. I have to refrain from doing too much of the talking.

My colleagues and I discovered that Evanston, a town we need to recruit in, is having a virtual Independence Day Parade. We’re trying to figure out how to create a simple video encouraging people to complete their census. I’ve also spent time learning about video streaming for work. Lynda.com has a really good course that gives the basics on using Periscope, Google, Wirecast Play and Instagram to stream. I’m rather camera shy so I don’t want to become a Social Media sensation, but I like these tools and I am thinking I could develop a How to Stream course and do it at a library.

A friend of mine suggested some videos to get a wider perspective on the problems of police brutality and racism. I’m halfway through this and it’s provided food for thought.