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)!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I just finished watching Jean-Luc Godard’s Band of Outsiders. I was charmed by the innocence captured in some scenes and appalled by the soulless actions of some characters. All in all, it’s a film that captured my attention and was beautiful in many respects. It sure was original and I wish today’s films were half as creative.

I’d tell you that I continued my Census job training. It’s a short term position and quite interesting. Part of our training was to go out into the field and verify the addresses the Census Bureau has. Most people were very nice; one was very suspicious. One of our assignments was in a part of my area I’d driven by thousands of times, a trailer park down the road from my high school. It was vast, much bigger than I thought and it was cool to see how many people decorated their porches and put flowers around their homes.

I think the Census still needs workers and for this assignment the hours are flexible once you get your training done. Apply here.

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I’d tell you that yesterday I decided to visit another church on the list of Eleven Churches You Must See in Chicago. I went to St. Mary’s of the Angels in Bucktown, a Chicago neighborhood. I wasn’t prepared for the glorious interior. It just blew me away. I’ll share more photos when I get my computer to cooperate with my memory card.

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Yesterday I had dinner at my brother’s house and heard about my nieces’ summers. One was in NYC for an internship and the other was in Nashville for an internship and to volunteer for a scientific study of the environment. My nephews were there as was my sister-in-law, but I’ve seen them throughout the summer since they’ve been home.

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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)!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I finished the Dervla Murphy book The Ukimwi Road and I’ll soon get another one of hers to read next. I love her outlook and spirit. Perhaps I’ll get her first book Full Tilt about her bike journey from Ireland to India.

Work’s gotten strange and nerve-wracking, but hopefully that will change.

I began working part time for the U.S. Census. We had one day of training last Monday and got our equipment for our task of systematically checking addresses block by block to make sure the government’s records are up to date. We had about 15 hours of online training, which was really done well so that it’s easy to remember what we’re supposed to do. Tomorrow we gather for our next training.

I just finished watching Gate of Hell, a Japanese film from the 50’s about the samurai era. The costumes were gorgeous and made me wish I had lived in that time — as a royal.

I’m in the 6th of 8 weeks in my University of the People courses and I’m learning quite a lot about coding with Python. I have to take another class in college readiness, “because their program is unique.” I tried to get out of it since I know how to take notes and I know all about active learning. I’m learning nothing and the homework takes a lot of time. That’s the weakness of this program.

 

 

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)!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you to make sure you visit the Frank Lloyd Wright American System Build homes in Milwaukee. They were affordably priced when they were built in 1916 and Wright designed a series of possible rooms and you could choose which bedrooms, living room, kitchen, etc. He saved a lot on materials by having the wood cut at the lumberyard rather than on site.

I enjoyed watching the BBC special on the moon landing of Apollo 11. I remember getting to stay up late to watch it. It was a memorable event, probably the most memorable historical event in my youth. Today I found some interesting articles on Russia’s reaction to the moon landing and their Luna 15 mission which took place at the same time.

I led a neighborhood book club on The Guest Book by Sarah Blake, which I just hated as did some neighbors. I was careful during the discussion because a few people, whom I didn’t know thought this plodding book was terrific.

I’m happy to now be returning to a Dervla Murphy’s Ukimwi Road about her trip through Africa. So much better!

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Basilica of St. Josaphat, Milwaukee, WI

While in Milwaukee I drove by a basilica, but didn’t have time to go in. I should have made time because the photos online are breathtaking. I’ll have to find a time to visit.

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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)!

If we were having coffee, I’d say I had a good Independence Day with just the right amount of celebration, not so much that there’s a frenzy. I marched in the local parade, met the trustees, had a relaxing afternoon before enjoying hamburgers, potato salad, the Capitol 4th Concert and some local fireworks.

 

I’ve started reading Inspector Singh Investigates: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder for a Who-Dunnit book club at the library, which I’ll start to lead with a partner. I’m on for the July meeting next week. I’m on page 42 and the story’s fine, but not gripping. I’ve also started reading Sarah Blake’s The Guest Book for my neighborhood’s new book club. I’ve accepted the role of facilitator. I’m farther along in The Guest Book. I don’t enjoy how it hops between generations. It’s a gimmicky structure and somewhat hard to follow.

I’m enjoying my computer programming class through the University of the People, but the class is time consuming. I do feel I’m learning Python, but I also realize that it would take a couple years of study before one can get paid to use this skill. I’m more in need of something I can learn in six months and get employed doing.

Last night I had a Skype interview to teach in China in Weifang. While I did move on to the next stage, I’m not excited about the job. It seems like another school that’s mainly for-profit. They’re not sure how many students they’ll have. They do have a curriculum, so that’s better than Clark University, my former employer, but who knows how good it is. The Dean is busy and I didn’t speak with him, but he is bilingual and has a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in accounting. He also has a degree in education.

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When I think of the human rights abuses in China–the camps for Uighyrs, the demolition and spying on religious groups, the lack of free speech–I really can’t justify working there again. Who knows what will happen with Hong Kong. The Chinese won’t let them go and won’t let them have their separate system forever. It’s not a country where a teacher can give lessons that allow students to consider the ethics of their president or government. So despite the lure of a full time job with benefits, I’m inclined to say no.

I do wish I had more time to write. I’m excited about a new play idea, but with the computer class and the easy, but time consuming class on online learning, there’s little time to research and write.

How’s your week been?

 

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)!

If we were having coffee, I’d have brought my umbrella because we’ve got storms at least part of everyday. It’s just part so that’s fine by me. I’ve realized that June is a rainy season here.

I’ve agreed to lead two book clubs. One’s reading Sarah Blake’s The Guest Book and the other is reading a mystery, Inspector Singh Investigates . . . . Both meet in July and I’m busy preparing. I can’t say The Guest Book has grabbed me yet. The mystery book is part of a series and I’ve had to order it.

My two classes with University of the People (http://uofthepeople.edu ) are going well so far. I’m really enjoying the computer class which is on learning Python. So far it’s rather simple so I’m not lost. Besides there are so many books and online tutorials that when I need extra help it’s at my fingertips. The other class is on college survival and I don’t need to know how to budget time so my paper’s are submitted by a deadline or any such academic skills.

I absolutely loved watching Auntie Mame starring Rosalind Russell. What an amazing entertainer! What a witty film! If you want a burst of joy, get it.

I did watch the Democrat Debates, which were really not debates, but showcases, which is fine. Short interviews with each would have been more civilized. This was a free-for-all with a poor format. There’s no way I can sit through 9 more of these spectacles. I wish the BBC could moderate.

I attended to wonderful library events last week. First was a class on picnic side dishes given by a witty chef, who offered lots of useful tips on shopping and preparation. Her citrus vinaigrettes were terrific. Out of the 4 dishes demonstrated, I’d make 3. The second was a summer cocktail event. The local mixologist created three light, refreshing drinks. Again, I liked 3 out of 4. I’ll share these recipes soon, so check back.