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Check-in from Tasmania. G’day all. Emerging from midwinter here. The fruit trees are threatening to blossom, but this year I reckon I’ll get to the leaf-curl spray before they do blossom!
We’ve just started Term 3 of the new 4-term year. So far, so good! It seems both students and staff are less exhausted than the same time last year. There’s still a haul before all is revealed, however.
This year, I’ve had a chance to teach my favourite subject – Computer Science – to our Year 12’s again. It’s usually only every second year – but it’s one of the most elegant, complete and interesting courses for serious computing students (and their teachers.) Logic, digital logic, machine language, basic computer structure and operations, high level programming in Java – and in the revised course, some substantial time for a student driven programming project. And yes, I like teaching my selection of maths subjects, I warm to the deep value of our moral decision making course. But I love computer science (and the joy of sharp students having aha! moments).
I’m also loving being 0.8 FTE. It’s better for my mental health, better for my teaching, better for my students, better for my family – and better for the rest of my life.
I’ve at last got some gaps to more regularly ‘interview’ the garden, take up a theology teaching intensive with Tabor College in Hobart, etc.
Retirement is a few years off yet – but it’s also time to be getting the house age-relevant, the library retirement-ordered, and the junk redistributed by recycling, handing on, taking to the tip…
Looking forward – yes. There’s an option opening for an intensive in Contemporary and Ecological Theology. I’m keen to work that up. Perhaps another run at moral decision making. I want to do that better in an online forum way. Otherwise – more of the same will be fine.
Oh yes, and reading for my own amusement. (Without buying for an overcrowded library!)
Who else? I'm eager to read your news!
I am living at the coast, Nehalem bay in Oregon, and learning to keep house- something I never 'got' : )
I have a dog, Angel, and we spend a couple hours a day hiking in the dunes, running on the beach (Angel), and walking in the waves, me, as Angel is afraid to let a wave touch her paw.
I'm living alone, my children are grown, my husband is at the house in Portland.... and I am resting.
It's all a bit odd, but it's what I need to do. And I feel good, in bits and pieces, more good than I've felt in many years.
So that's it, folks! I'm not sure what happens next <3
Fun for me to read all the educational stuff!