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wife's death & health issues, details for a pinned toot because it comes up often enough. 

Kelli was diagnosed with FSGS when she was in 3rd grade. It's a rare disease that basically makes your kidneys fall apart. Most/all of her other issues stem from that.

When I met her, she was on the tail end of her 2nd transplant. She lost it before we were married. She was nervous on our wedding day because she had to come from dialysis to the church and didn't want to get blood on her dress. (continued..)

Well ...

... that's a CW.

That is definitely a CW.

On the other hand I'm almost caught up on my grading so there is a chance, however slim, that I'll be home before 7pm today.

Yesterday I got home before 8, because technically 7:50pm is before 8.

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Good morning, friends.

It is Friday. Today I must send notices to the parents of any student with a grade below 70%.

Today's work will not be as rewarding.

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To emulate,
That's great.
To steal,
No deal!

Have you seen
Public, no pain.

Good morning, friends.

Today my Middle School Media Arts students begin a project where they must incorporate media they do not own from 3 sources into their videos, all without infringing on anyone's copyright.

Because I don't care what Banksy & Picasso said, good artists don't steal from other artists.

Friends don't let friends use uneven kerning.

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Announcing the Become The Media film festival from the Ellijay makerspace.

Our first annual fall film fest!

Recommended 15 minutes or less, required 4:3/standard definition. Remote submissions are welcome, tell your friends.

Good morning, friends. :blobcoffee:

Today we have the second of our two Back To School nights. :blobcoffee:

Last night's BTS went long because we kept answering questions. Good questions, that deserved answers. :blobcoffee:

Tonight might go longer. :blobcoffee:

The work may be rewarding, but I don't have enough coffee for this. :blobcoffeegrump:

Sweater weather when?

Forecast for today is still 79°F (27°C).

The leaves are falling off all the trees around here. The least it can do is stay cool enough to match the ambiance.

(Really it's just the two, but that's still twice as much as most schools. It's the price one pays for teaching both the Middle School and Elementary School levels in the same building.)

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Tonight is Back To School Night.

Tomorrow is Back To School Night.

Eternal Back To School Nights.

Long may they reign.

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If you have some spare, would you please send some cash @magicalmilly 's way? They were unable to work last week thanks to Hurricane Nicholas, and they're getting jerked around by unemployment, and their birthday is next week, and ... they could just use something nice in their life.

There are thousands of people across the US who can't even.

For the price of a cup of coffee per day, you can support our efforts to help them learn to even again.

Good morning, friends! :blobcoffee:

Today I teach 3rd graders how to record and edit audio.


(It's fun enough to teach more than once, but also it's an activity that requires reteaching. Mastery requires practice.)

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Good morning to everyone except people who keep their masks down below their noses. :blobcoffeegrump:

Class prep for tomorrow is done.

Spent the entire morning organizing data for the spreadsheet that should have already been crowdsource organized before I started, but even those of us who did our parts (including me) had changes tossed in since last time we checked.

Meaning I had to hand verify lots of records.

It's done ... until the next change ... but the nifty thing I've been asked to do with the spreadsheet is not yet nifty, and I've not the spoons to do more.

Also, it's my day off.

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.... and I just spent nearly 30 minutes sending emails to reassure students and parents that:

Yes, the file you were working on uploaded correctly, you're good.


Yes, your child already used the "join code," I can see them in class and they've done all the work.

These are NOT bad emails. Students and parents checking to make sure things are working well is VERY uplifting, especially considering the worst case scenario of those who don't ask if things are working.

But it IS a time sink.

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Good morning, friends. :blobcoffee:

No school today, so naturally I will prep for tomorrow's lessons.

And also spreadsheet again, because I only managed half that work last weekend.

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