Struggles

I started my Masters in January 2015. There’s been some hiccups here and there along the way. I’m nearly finished—I did my final portfolio presentation and was given a preliminary conferment of my M.Ed. by my faculty; however, this is not the same as a formal degree conferred by the college or the registrar. That won’t happen until I finish incomplete assignments for three classes. And that’s where I’m struggling. I tried to sit down …

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Windows & Mirrors

In the summer of 1983, I was seven years old. My brother was 17. He had the role of Uncle Henry in Trollwood Performing Arts School (TPAS)’s production of The Wizard of Oz. I have few memories of that summer, but from what I’ve been told, I laid some bricks in the upper right corner of the letter “Z” in the yellow brick road shaped to spell “Oz.” Six years later, in 1989, I attended TPAS on my own as a legitimate student. That was the summer after my seventh grade in Moorhead (MN) Public Schools. Trollwood was a program of Fargo (ND) Public Schools, so I was among a lot of new kids in June and July. And I was among students from Russia and China, as well. Trollwood started a new program that summer: IMAGINE. I played cello in the orchestra pit for that summer’s production of The Sound of Music. I sat next to a Russian playing the balalaika. The next summer, I split my time between the orchestra and the lighting crew for Peter Pan. In the following years, I was on the lighting crew for Music Man, Oklahoma!, Anything Goes, and Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I watched actors perform year after year, but participated in “Songs from the Catwalk” with my fellow lighting techies.

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The Learning Experience

Dear Colleagues of Metro Skywarn,

It is often said, “We learn best by doing.” While we do our best to provide examples of proper spotting practices in our classes, it is a common occurrence that many spotters will not adhere to our teachings on a net during an active severe weather event. We now have recording capabilities for our primary repeater, and we can use those recordings to preset real-life, exemplary situations where spotters followed proper procedures. I believe a spotter will remember more from hearing a radio interchange during a class, than from reading an example conversation on paper.

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Reinventing Yourself

Topic(s) of Interest Self-Awareness Definition: having a clear perception of your personality, including strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions. Who was I? Who am I? Who will I be? I want to learn how to reinvent myself. I struggled with many medical setbacks this semester, and I need to find a way to emerge “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” (Daft Punk) and more resilient. I lost sight of who I was, I want to …

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Did you realize

I like the song Strangers by Portishead. The first stanza ends like this: Did you realize No one can see inside your view Did you realize For why this sight belongs to you These lyrics tell the story of living inside your own being. What you see, no one else can see. What  you experience is yours and yours alone. And there is are reasons for this. Imagine if you will, a virtual reality …

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