Computer Jargon

My computer monitor was acting up. For several months a faint horizontal line appeared midway up. On occasion, a static-type pattern appeared in the bottom half. When this happened, it was impossible to read that half of the screen. It was getting worse. I tried a few things to determine the source of the matter… Continue reading Computer Jargon

Pinch and Spread

I was chatting with a retired couple, husband and wife, from the United States, both of whom were teachers. We were sharing insights. The topic come around to technology. She mentioned that she had been watching her 3-year-old granddaughter leafing through a catalogue. At one point the toddler placed her thumb and forefinger on the… Continue reading Pinch and Spread

RAPIDMAN 800

RAPIDMAN 800 Just as the calendar was changing from July to August, the Back-to-School signs came out. I must admit that I experienced a small internal giggle. While shopping at a local office supplies store, I noticed a bin of 4-function calculators. They were selling for $1.99. I thought of the RAPIDMAN 800. The above photo… Continue reading RAPIDMAN 800

Computer Savvy

This story first takes place twenty-eight years ago. I was teaching grade eleven computer studies. At the time, the pass-mark was fifty percent. We were in the early days of semestering. Mark was a really nice student. He was respectful, cooperative and very friendly, but he wasn’t an academic. He was in grade 12 but ideally… Continue reading Computer Savvy

Sense of Humour

We have fewer human interactions than we did years ago. This is due to technologies such as ATM’s, self-serve check-outs, computer shopping, etc; however, we still have lots of opportunities to chat with strangers. For me anyway, it is always a pleasure to converse with a stranger who is willing to exercise his/her sense of… Continue reading Sense of Humour

Enough is Enough – PART II

As I thought about the take-out cup of hot chocolate, I remembered a funeral I attended a number of years ago. It was for the mother of a student. I had also taught his older siblings. Staff and some relatives were invited to sit at the front of the church. We faced the opposite side… Continue reading Enough is Enough – PART II

A Simple Request

Recently, I had a conversation with Gerry. We first taught together thirty years ago. He has been retired for twenty-four years. He is doing well. I was reminded of a staff meeting we had in 1989. Gerry was getting close to retirement. During these meetings he would sit quietly and stare at the papers in… Continue reading A Simple Request

Useful Technology

I sing in a group. It’s true; in fact, everyone in this group sings. We perform acappella. Five years ago, our friend Andrea agreed to arrange a song for us. She later contacted me and mentioned that she needed to know the lowest note the basses could sing. I said that I would get back… Continue reading Useful Technology

Thinking of You

There is a younger woman who attends the same gym I do. By many, she would be described as being very attractive. She would always be listening to music and have her ear-buds in so we never actually talked. We would often nod a greeting but that would be it. One morning, several months ago,… Continue reading Thinking of You

A Call to Action

This event took place seven years ago. It was in a grade 9 classroom downstairs from my room. The teacher just happened to be a student of mine twenty years earlier. Two grade nine boys were presenting their video project to the class. The teacher was seated at her desk and a teaching assistant (TA)… Continue reading A Call to Action