Weekend Coffee Share

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

Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

If we were having coffee, I’d recommend you visit Wingspread, the Johnson Family (former) home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It’s in Racine, Wisconsin, a lovely town with a good mix of modern and 19th architecture.

I saw this interesting video on money-free healthcare. Now I do see that it works in a community that shares service and work. I imagine a kibbutz or similar religious community. I don’t see any Western nation going into such a system of sharing, but it is interesting to examine other modes.

I’ve started a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) by the University of London on Management. So far it’s interesting and a good way to learn about business. I was registered for an online community college class, but dropped it because through Coursera I can learn just as much for free. Now I won’t receive a grade, but I need the knowledge and not 3 credit hours.

Weekend Coffee Share

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

Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you what’s new with you and then, I’d tell you about the wonderful exhibit of Gilded Age portraits I saw at the Drieshaus Museum (and about which I’ll soon blog). I went there with a friend who’d never been to the Drieshaus. She loved it as I expected and we’ll soon go back.

I’d tell you about the rather weird and captivating documentary I saw called, The Wolfpack. I came to really care about these boys and their mother who were imprisoned more or less by their irrational father. I won’t soon forget the film and how it illustrates the curative powers of creativity. 

I’d urge you to get and read C.S. Lewis’ The Silent Planet, which I’m reading for my online bookclub. His writing is wonderful and inspires (or kicks me) to improve my own work.

I’d lament that last week I didn’t get to write much. I went downtown twice to meet with friends and on Friday did some research into 19th century Christmas stories for children. Wednesday I went downtown to meet friends, i.e. network. I learned about how a student committed suicide at the Hefei program Clark U runs and how differently the Chinese responded. They silenced any talk of the matter. They didn’t have any memorial service. The boy had jumped from the 10th story where the teachers worked. We’re trained to be open, talk and share to heal the living. Through back channels my friend learned of the suicide. When he mentioned that he wasn’t sure if he had the student, his Chinese colleague sent him a photo of the boy. He expected the attachment would be a snapshot of him alive, not a picture of him splattered on the pavement, which is what he received. Yes, cultures do differ dramatically.

Oh, I’d say that I thought my interview went fine, though as usual, when I reviewed my performance I thought of ways it could go better. I won’t hear for another week at least and so am continuing to job hunt. I am getting job hunting fatigue, but what can you do.

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Ambient Café Sounds

I like writing in a café because you often get the right amount of sound that makes you more productive. However, sometimes it’s too noisy. What’s the solution? The video above was recorded in a Starbucks in Korea. This is ideal because you can adjust the volume on the chatter! Also, since most of the people are speaking Korean, I’m not drawn into a dramatic story.

It’s the first time I’ve used this and I’d say it did work. I got a good amount of writing done.

Let me know if you like writing in a café or have another spot outside of home where you get more done.

Also, please share if this video or others like it, work for you.

Weekend Coffee Share

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

Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

 

 

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I returned to the playwrights group and there were four more writers, and they all brought good material to critique.

I’d also say that I just learned that my local library staff consists of 90% part time workers. Ninety percent! No one mentioned that in graduate school.

I’m having a great time learning to use Adobe Illustrator to draw. Now the problem is how to get a copy of it. It’s so expensive. I can use it at the library, but it’s good to have pre-set brushes and such.

I finished the audiobook The Mating Season by P.G. Wodehouse and highly recommend it.

I volunteered Saturday at my library’s makerspace, which held an open house. It was a big success and I expect a lot more people will use it.

I’m moving along with the online course I’m designing. I’ve learned the fine points of Rise and like how everything’s shaping up. I’m designing a refresher course on how to use the downloadable apps for ebooks, films, and music. One cool thing I learned is that on Overdrive, you can set the font to one of two fonts that’s designed for people with dyslexia. The letters are thicker on the bottom and that’s believed to be easier for them to read. Check it out or share that information.

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Tom’s SCREWTAPE contribution to F&F — Focusing on Film

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See below to find my Act One friend’s clever contribution to a C.S. Lewis’ publication. I love how he writes about all aspects of social media and the news’ effect on us.

Here’s the “Screwtape” article I wrote for “Fellowship and Fairydust.”

via Tom’s SCREWTAPE contribution to F&F — Focusing on Film

Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

If we were having coffee, I’d first say that it’s far to hot this weekend. It’s in the 90s and I’ve gone out briefly but returned as soon as I could. My hero is William Carrier, the inventor of air conditioning. I’m sure his work has saved lives as well as relationships.

Next I’d mentioned that I’ve begun to volunteer at my local library. It’s opened a maker space and on Tuesday morning I learned how to use the laser engraver and the embroidery machine. There are plenty of details. I’m looking forward to gaining familiarity with these machines. It was fun to see what patrons, young and old were making.

I finished a graphic memoir called Burma Chronicles by Guy Delisle. It’s a fascinating look at his year living in Myanmar with his wife who works for Médicins Sans Frontiér.

Work is going well and I did my first shadowing shift at the Reference Desk. It was a slow afternoon so there’s not much to report. Across from the desk two librarians did a pop-up program called Civic Lab where they pick a theme and share a hand out about it. They have a white board where people can respond to a thought-provoking question. This time they asked “What should be taught about history?”

 

 

 

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Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

If we were having coffee, I’d first say that I have reduced my Starbucks purchases. It’s pricey and my new job has a machine which provides free lattes and such. It’s not the greatest, but it saves money and I use my own mug so that helps the environment. (I often use my own mug at Starbucks to get that 10¢ discount and to help the environment.)

I’d tell you how I had my first time out on the library floor shadowing an ace librarian in the audio visual section. Boy does this library have an outstanding collection. Most libraries I’ve used have one or two of the latest hits on DVD, this one seems to have 5 or more. I learned about Common Sense Media, a website that offers parents detailed information about what’s in a film or TV show so they can decide if it’s appropriate for their children. It’s not perfect and parents will differ, but it’s so detailed as it describes the violence, sex, drug use or whatever very clearly. The site also has articles on social media and computer games.

I went to a Meet Up for playwrights on Thursday at the Skokie Public Library where I’m working. This month there were just three of us, the married couple that started the group and me. Both of the founders have acted as well as written plays. Since I was the only writer, they read my first act and offered some feedback. It was so helpful to hear other people reading my work to see how it sounds. I’ll return.

I’m moving along with the online course I’m designing. I’ve learned the fine points of Rise and like how everything’s shaping up. I’m designing a refresher course on how to use the downloadable apps for ebooks, films, and music. One cool thing I learned is that on Overdrive, you can set the font to one of two fonts that’s designed for people with dyslexia. The letters are thicker on the bottom and that’s believed to be easier for them to read. Check it out or share that information.

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