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Rough night tutoring [Apr. 9th, 2019|11:10 am]
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Tutoring last night was rough. I had new students and students who'd been with other tutors suddenly switched to me, so my structure for the sessions couldn't be used.

Then my last session... oy vey. An AP US History teacher was behind, so his student needed to be taught US history, from scratch, from WWII to Reagan. At the same time, I had my ESOL student who's trying to take advanced AP Language English, at the same time, I was trying teach the SAT essay, and we have a new grader who's harsh-yet-vague in his comments, holding high school students to a college standard. That isn't how you help young writers, and I couldn't get across how these comments were Not At All Helpful.

The session was a disaster, I was upset, and I had to admit -- I couldn't do. I haven't felt this incompetent in a long time.
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A pleasure to read Dreamwidth [Apr. 9th, 2019|10:02 am]
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[mood |relievedrelieved]

I had a friend on Facebook, the evil Facebook, who had cancer. An old childhood friend, and I followed her there to keep up with her health. Other friends, nuns and monks, my mother, were also Over There. So I disappeared for a time down the FB rathole. The algorithm's the worst. Any mood you're in gets intensified, you "like" one political post and then that's all you see -- although the Russian trolls have learned to leave me alone on my politicians' pages (if they annoy me, I call my representatives and tell them what great jobs they're doing--then I tell the trolls I called. They don't like that).

So refreshing to be back on DW, to read about your lives, your cats, your garden drainage problems. It's like coming home to humanity.
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Practice today! [Jan. 27th, 2019|01:22 pm]
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Doing puja to prevent war and tame back, well, Trump, really, but also all the corruption in our government that came with him.

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Resist. [Jan. 21st, 2019|10:43 pm]
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I know what mine are.

"Can we all open our eyes, wake up and realize that our government is being turned into something very different and we are not resisting. We are accepting. We must be proactive about our views. I don’t know what you’re views are, but I know what mine are.

Please be awake and proactive and out there."

- Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo
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Info on Tumblr purge [Dec. 5th, 2018|09:54 am]
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I found this in comments on [personal profile] copperbadge's post. Here you for all you might need to stay connected to your Tumblr friends: https://conuly.dreamwidth.org/2785963.html
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Tumblr's doing Strikethrough -- and everyone's back! HI! [Dec. 4th, 2018|09:23 pm]
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I'm sorry about Tumblr's defection from its open and free policies. I hope all the artists find image hosting space, and fandom regroups.

It is good to see everyone posting on Dreamwidth. Denise has always done a great job meeting the needs of fandom, and I like to see her efforts supported. You're safe here. Welcome home.
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Hullo, fandom! [Mar. 5th, 2018|12:45 am]
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Hi all!

I was curious: what fandoms are you in now? What attracted you do those fandoms?
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Feedback isn't usually this hard to give. [Nov. 28th, 2016|06:19 am]
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Is it silly that, after reading a fic I loved, the first in a new fandom, I'm going through hell and high water to reach the author to say so -- even though their email pinged back with its version of "return to sender"?

The author's on LJ... but hasn't been active since 2014. Hmmn...
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The end of my rough semester... three weeks late. [Jan. 1st, 2016|07:59 pm]
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[mood |exhaustedexhausted]

Happy New Year!

Wrapping up the last loose ends for school and Christmas: last overdue presents wrapped (yes, yes, a week after Xmas, it's been that kind of year).

Just uploaded my final assignments for school.

They were handed in, but the upload required software ... oh, god, it's a long and complicated story--the software for accreditation cost $140:
a) I paid it last spring,
b) the school lost my cash payment,
c) they believed me but I no longer had the receipt, so
d) we split the difference on a new account.

This took over a week to work through.

At long last, I'll be able to get my grades.

Now have a new car, replacing the destroyed Honda Accord. Can get to point A to point B without difficulty.

I think ... I think this rough semester is finally over.
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SGA Santa fic: beta? [Dec. 16th, 2015|05:28 pm]
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[mood |calmcalm]

I'm looking for a beta for a Secret Santa fic I wrote. My last beta fell off the face of the earth, and then I did, when I hit, well, another car.

What I'm looking for is first, I'll give you what my recipient asked for, and then the story. Then you can tell me if I pushed it too much and should write a different story.

If I did, then I'll ask for a beta for the new, hastily written story.
If I didn't, then I'll ask for help in fixing a story that's kind of ... not working for me.

How about it? Anyone?
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