Monthly Archives: October 2016

Beacon Hill Halloween

The people living on Beacon Hill, you have very little space to “strut their stuff” for the holidays. But these folks are creative. From window boxes, to balconies, to Louisburg Square, they found ways to decorate and have fun. I just wish I could go in Monday night and trick-or-treat.

Thank You For Your Support

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Thank you to everyone who contributed, offered prayers and shared the link to the Go Fund Me page to help Rosita get treatment to save her vision. In the past week, people contributed over $200 towards her treatment. I spoke with the program director down in El Salvador and he was touched by people’s spirit and generosity.

If anyone would still like to contribute, here is the link:https://www.gofundme.com/saving-rositas-sight-2tunvg4

Thank you, again.

Foliage Along the Nashua River

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Last Sunday, I pulled over by the side of the road to make this image (made and edited in my iPhone) along the Nashua River in Hollis, NH. Wind and rain had caused us to lose much of the foliage, but this spot still looked quite nice.

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As a bonus, say hello to my little friend. He is a porcupine that I’ve met a few times while hiking. He lives around an often traveled pathway along a dam on the conservation land near home. He is rather cute but is low on the cuddly scale. This was also made with my iPhone from about ten feet away and then cropped to enlarge him a bit. Sorry, that it is a bit grainy.

If You’re Not Doing Something All the Time…

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A couple of years ago, I heard a cast member of one of those outdoor reality shows say that in the wilderness “If you’re not doing something all the time, you’re doing something wrong.” The same applies to trying to do an eighteen-month graduate program in a year.

We are halfway through the first semester. I’m enjoying it and learning so much. The faculty are wonderful. It is a small program, and there is a benefit to that. The classes are fun and the assignments are interesting. For example, the image above is from a class this week in which a guest lecturer talked about and demonstrated her use of origami to teach English.

Still, taking graduate classes for the first time in fifteen years has been a bit of an adjustment. In addition to the usual reading, tests and papers, we are required to journal, spend fourteen hours observing in at least three different classroom settings, contribute to discussions online, prepare lesson plans and perform teaching demonstrations. My background managing projects is coming in handy. I pretty much viewed the semester as a big project and developed a plan for workflow. It is allowing me time to get my assignments done without feeling overwhelmed. This helps to focus me on learning rather than just getting assignments done.

So, my life is busy. The football game is still on the television on Sundays, but I don’t get to see much because I’m usually editing papers or something. We still have time for an outing here and there. I’m trying to fit fall chores in between assignments and doing a little bit at a time. Life is good and in less than a year, I’ll be a teacher.