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I wonder how many educators are on here.

There were thriving communities of educators on Tumblr and Twitter, but Tumblr's went to heck after moderated hashtags went away and Twitter is ... Twitter.

The fediverse has, but that's more of an instance for college/university level academics. I'd like to connect with other K-12 educators.

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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..)

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No one reads the terms of service. Lawmakers want to fix that with a new 'TLDR' bill. - The Washington Post -

The bill — known as the TLDR Act for, well, brevity — would require sites to display a “summary statement” that not only makes their terms “easy to understand,” but also discloses whether they have been hit by recent data breaches and what sensitive personal data they collect.

"It didn't turn on, that's what I wanted!"

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Just $50 to go to get @scoots the nerve test they need to start treating the debilitating nerve pain in their arm and shoulder: :boost_ok:

LB: While of course being good at something is not a prerequisite for getting helped, the fact remains that @scoots is a good person and I am better off for knowing them.

And also they could use some help.

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Hey, @scoots needs about $150 to cover the cost of a nerve test they need and their insurance won't cover. The nerve issue the test is meant to address (as I understand it) causes pain in their back and drawing arm, makes it very difficult to get things done, and measurably reduces their quality of life.

Would you please help out, by donating and/or boosting this post? Their art is beautiful and their commissions are open, if you'd like to get something back for your donation:

Good morning, friends.

Last Saturday we had auditions for our High School arts programs.

It was a long day, but a rewarding one, and afterwards I got to play D&D with my friends.

Today we have the auditions for our Middle School arts programs, which includes the students who want to be MY students next year.

And if I'm lucky, I'll get to play more D&D...

Good morning, friends.

Today is our last day of class with all virtual students, as most will be returning after the 3-day weekend.

This week has been fairly quiet, which is good as I've not had the spoons to do much of anything other than keep up on my grading and lesson planning.

This is also why I haven't been on here as much as usual.

Good morning, friends.

Today is day two of teachers being back in the building after Winter Break (we taught from home last week), and the last week before most students return.

Meanwhile many school systems around us are moving to virtual, so who knows if our current plans will remain?

I was going to write something.

I did write something.

And then my cat walked over my mouse and keyboard, replacing most of it with the letter "w."

So he's apparently spared you, for now.

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With big windows comes big r̶e̶s̶p̶o̶n̶s̶i̶b̶i̶l̶i̶t̶y̶ amount of cat visitors 😺

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Nine out of ten doctors have just boarded a train. The tenth is already in his compartment.

In second class, Poirot is getting settled.

One of the applicants introduced themselves by saying they were a human doing human things.

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Good morning, friends.

Auditions to get into our Creative Arts High Schools are today.

I don't teach high school, but I teach at a Creative Arts K-8 school, so today I'm an auxiliary adjudicator who will help out wherever needed.

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"We insist," shouts a conservative, sobbing, "that you tell the truth about historical figures by never, even once, acknowledging anything negative about them."

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Did your secondary school have an arts integration specialist?

(I found a 24 port USB 2.0 hub I'd bought my wife many years ago, so now it's time to clean some things up.)

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Now is the time of day where I'd be like "Oh, crud, I need to get out the door or I won't be early for work!"

... but we're all virtual today due to weather, so instead I have a moment to rearrange my nest of USB cables.

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