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So incredibly touched…

26 Feb

So here’s the story. I have a friend overseas who works in intelligence for a British aerospace company and he works out of Afghanistan. Very smart guy. Studied at Oxford and Harvard and served in the U.S. Special Forces. He texted to chat this evening. I said, “I can’t. I’m working late to fix this co-reg system that I’ve been working on.” I told him about the project.

He and I have never actually met in person yet but we talk on the phone and text. From Afghanistan, he orders me a pizza for dinner and has it delivered to my condo and a coffee table book from Tiffany’s on their windows. He knows I used to do the photography for one of Tiffany’s competitors that was down the street. The book is full of creative photographs on Tiffany’s. Audrey Hepburn is in the book as well as I dressed up as her this year.

I cannot believe I had dinner sent to me from Afghanistan because I was working on a co-reg system and didn’t have time to talk. He was worried I didn’t take the time to eat. Obviously, he ordered the book before today but they arrived at the same time. Of course I love the book because I love jewelry and I love photographing jewelry and doing the advertising.

Unbelievable. He’s got rockets whizzing over his building and he’s worried that I didn’t eat because I’m working on Co-reg.

I think this is what they mean by “America’s Finest.” I’m impressed.

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The results are in…

23 Feb

This should be no surprise actually -

Overwhelmingly sex sells. And sexy ads work with the right companies and products.

I won’t say which company it is, but I’ve worked with them in the CS industry for a long time. They jumped all over the images. Which I think is great because their company used to run really sexy advertising and I loved the ads. Then one day somebody said, “This isn’t politically correct.” And they never ran them again. I personally, thought they were brilliant ad campaigns. It’s a shame that stuffy women can ruin it sometimes for those of us who are not stuffy.

I know as a photographer, it’s often really difficult to get a model who can be sexy. High end jewelry was a great example. If I have to be honest, only two of all the models I’ve used could actually do it and of course their images on the web got the highest rating.

What I learned from being the model is what I should have told some of them about poses and looks and so forth. You just don’t quite get the same perspective from being the photographer and designer that you do from being the model and knowing how to position yourself to look better.

This is actually really interesting stuff.

What I learned from audience so far is that they don’t think I’m too old for this and I think I got a vote of confidence from some people that work in the CS industry.

And those were the results.

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Are we sexier and classier in black and white?

21 Feb

As you may know, through my career in computer science and marketing I have also been a photographer my entire career. I am now 51 with 30 years in the business behind me.

I have shot some truly gorgeous women in past five years. I’ve had a lot of covers in Palm Beach. I’m always asking my models for “sexy.”

Throughout my career from time to time someone will ask, “Are you ever going to get on THIS side of the camera?” A year ago, I had a friend say to me, “You are really going to regret this when you’re older if you don’t do a sexy shoot now for yourself.”

So I thought about it for a while. The thought is intimidating at 51-years-old. After all, there’s been much criticism of older women who people thought “took off too much”, “didn’t display well” or worse yet, “should act their age.”

We I went ahead and did it. A lingerie and bath suit shoot.  The only way to answer those questions was to do it. Now the shots were actually in color. 98.5% of the photos, I cannot show you because the outfits are too racy. However, I would agree to shoot a couple of shots where the outfit has as much coverage as a bathing suit. For this blog, I will choose the more conservative outfits from the shoot. So, the questions are – am I too old to do this? Is my body good enough? Is is sexy? Does it sell the product? I am now walking in the steps of my models. It’s actually a good lesson for me as a photographer.

So here are the photos I can show you…

And here are two actual swimsuits that I wear to my own pool. I’ve actually been criticized from friends over my somewhat conservative tastes in bathing suits. I consider them classic, tasteful, Palm Beach. So, do I have what it takes to pull of sexier in Palm Beach. Should I be buying a different suit? What do you think? I have always been a sexy woman by nature. That’s why I get the shots I get in a shoot. But I don’t always bring out my own sexiness for the public. Are we classier and sexier in black and white?

It takes some nerve to make this post but I think it’s good for me in some ways to do it. The time to test this is now before I get a new web site. I can always delete the photos if everyone’s answer was a resounding “no.” But I know my friend was right, this isn’t something you can do at any age so do it now. This web site is over 15 years old. But it’s always been my “test bed.”

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What did the color ones look like? Like this…

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Funniest comment yet. They said I could post it.

“Your no Marissa Meyer.”

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Mission Accomplished….

19 Feb

I figured it out and it works. I’ll be doing a month long test soon. I can’t wait. It’s fun to be creative, innovative and hopefully develop something that will drive a new revenue source.

This is good.

And our issue using Trusted Form is now resolved. It works on the Co-reg. I can’t wait to really tune that thing and make it sing.

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So that game lead to this game and that lead to a much bigger idea…

18 Feb

So the chess experient lead me to build Tetris into an email.

https://medigaplife.com/emails/newsletters/newsletter6game.html

Then I had a lightbulb moment. What. if I wasn’t pushing a game. What if I was pushing ______________ through an email? I left the blank because if I said what I was thinking everybody would be trying to build this. It’s an idea that could be worth a lot but it WILL NOT be easy. But in theory, I think it might be able to be done. I’ve never seen it done ever.

I’ll start on the code tomorrow.  The idea is huge.

Sometimes however, I try things and I can’t always solve them and then sometimes after a period of time, the answer hits me. If you don’t actually fail at something in life then you aren’t really pushing yourself.

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I had my meeting about re-engineering things to get to Trusted Form to work with new Co-reg. Our industry requires Trusted Form or Jornaya. Trusted Form has some serious restrictions so we are trying to get creative about how to make an implementation work with this kind of system. When I built a funnel the way in which it actually works, it had the lowest conversion rate. The other funnel tested is a very different design. It was far more successful on conversion but it means re-engineering some things. Their engineers are putting their heads together with us. It’s not easy. That’s why no one’s doing exactly what we’re attempting to do. Because of this battle between Apple and Facebook, Facebook marketing is about to take a nose dive on lead generation. I have no option but to experiment with other methods. In the 3 day test, the system generated leads. This is worth putting some effort into it. I put a lot of work into this. We’re not legally allowed to use a lead without something like Trusted Form. That’s the catch 22. I’ve got to find a way.

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On the test, I had to make a concession…

17 Feb

Believe me, I wasn’t looking to make ANY concessions when it came to this code. I worked it out where it rendered perfectly and then on the testing Outlook blocked the code I needed to run. Microsoft likes to block dynamic content without a really good reason.

So I thought about what magicians do. If you can’t really do something, then you use MAGIC. The slight of hand, and they never know they’ve left the email program. Change the dynamic to the static and as soon as they touch or graze the image on their cell phones, they are delivered to a mirror of the email with the dynamic with new working formula for computing the aspect ratio from the game to the window, and delivering the content with the Z axis in place and functioning. That way the rest of the email content is present. Put a link to a full screen version.

All Microsoft’s attempts to thwart dynamic content are pointless and useless because now I’ve taken the control out of your realm and into mine.

Send this link to your email and you’ll see it. They will of course see the entire email in the inbox first (unlike you because you’re not on the list). I still have to change out the static crossword at the bottom for a cartoon I put together.

https://www.medigaplife.com/chess/gamenewsletter.html

This method will ensure 100% delivery and there’s nothing Microsoft can do about it.

It all goes back to the old rule, whoever controls the server wins. In that case, that would be me.

I tested it. It works. The minute they touch the email the sequence activates.

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I suppose it doesn’t matter if you take a peek…

16 Feb

After all this is the world of advertising and lead generation…

This is the full version of the game http://medigaplife.com/chess/index.html

I’ll be pushing it through an email where the game is playable through the email.

I’ve got a new email server I have to get warmed up for a few weeks but this will be going into the que. Of course when you sink into an email there’s lots of calls to action and other interesting articles.

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I wondered if I could still do it…

15 Feb

It’s been so many years since I’ve made a game I wondered if I could still do it.

But I read this interesting article about effect, but hard, but rare it is to push a 3D game through an email that has running animation.

So then I wondered if I could do it. So because you have all this popularity around this Netflix show called “The Queen’s Gambit” I decided to make a chess game.

It’s working now and now I’m working out the code to make it responsive within an email. This will be an interesting test.

When was the last time I worked on a game? 14 years ago in 2007. Many moons ago my child, I was at one time a game design and development professor on top of my computer science and design programs. It’s a long story….

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It’s moving forward…

12 Feb

We had a temporary problem on a project I’ve been working on for a while. There’s a requirement in the industry for a certain type of technology that must be used. I tried every which way to get it to work with what I built. Finally had a meeting with the team who makes the technology and they assured me nothing would have worked. They are writing some special code to make it work. Very pleased at the team work.

They see the importance of the project I’ve been working on.

It literally means we’ll be the first in the industry to make this work.

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It smells delicious…

07 Feb

It’s not done but it smells so good.

It’s been chilly this past week (but not today here) so it had me in the mood for making something that simmers for a long time. So what’s cooking now are diced chicken italian sausages with lentils, celery, carrots, onion, tomatoes, bay leaf, paprika, garlic, salt, pepper, italian seasoning, broth and red wine vinegar.

I made a fruit salad with cranberries, oranges, grapes, apples, walnuts and raspberries.

I might make some air fried zucchini to go with the stew.

I’ve had the doors open all day to feel the breeze. I put some Vivaldi on the speaker, made a pot of tea and enjoyed the kitchen for a while.

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It turned out great. Much richer than I thought it would.

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My Picnic Basket arrived…

06 Feb

How lovely is this? Now there will be some nice walks and picnics in the park as well as dinners on the beach. I’ll choose one of my straw hats, a sundress and a good book to go with it.

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I may spend this weekend in bed…

06 Feb

I had some surgery yesterday on the back of my neck and it’s wiping me out today. I can still feel where I didn’t get all the blood out my hair. I need eyes in back of my head.

I got through working yesterday and today but all I feel like doing is going to bed. It’s hard to sleep because of my neck and the torn rotator cuff in my shoulder. I’m trying to make do but it’s not comfortable.

I think there will be some movies on TV in my weekend plans.

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So disappointed…

05 Feb

I tore my rotator cuff in my right shoulder.

I went to the doctor today for my neck procedure (which I have done every six months but I recently really injured all this on the driving range after the instructor changed my swing). They did 4 vertebra today. I’ll feel much better in 3 weeks.

But the news about the rotator cuff was not what I wanted to hear:

No golf, tennis, basketball, arm machines at the gym and no sleeping on my right side for one year. The reason being is that when you think this has healed and you try to resume activities, people almost always end up with a worse tear because it hasn’t quite healed all the way and it can take a really, really long time to heal.

That news just removed most of my weekend activities. I’ve been in sports all my life but I’ve always been fragile and prone to injury because I am small and delicate. It’s hard to believe I played 11 years of basketball but I had quite the list of injuries from it.

So I am allowed to walk, swim, treadmill. I’m going to have to use my pool more.

I have to do something to cheer myself up. So I decided that every Sunday (once the weather is a little warmer) I am going to the park across the street. I will walk the trails. I ordered a picnic basket and waterproof blanket so then I can have lunch in the park, take a book and a beach chair and relax after lunch. The park even allows wine so if I want a glass on wine on Sunday, I can take some with me. In the spring, it will be warm enough to do the same and have dinner on the beach.

I have to come up with substitute activities.

I’m still disappointed. This does interfere with my sleep. It’s not comfortable.

I’ll make do.

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I might have damaged that Rotator Cuff…

02 Feb

I still can’t sleep on it and it’s been over a week. I hurt it on the driving range putting too much force into the drive. I keep thinking it will wear off but so far it hasn’t,

I haven’t used any arm machines at the gym this week.

I have a friend who wants to learn to golf and we’re supposed to go to the driving range this week. I’m wondering if I’m going to be able to swing a club.

I’m beginning to wonder if I did something to the rotator cuff.

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It was a nice weekend…

01 Feb

My house is now cleaned and organized.

I went to lunch with a friend. We had sushi.

I also accidentally discovered how to make something incredibly delicious in the kitchen. Like a lot of other people, I recently bought a stainless steel air fryer. So I decided to find out how it would do with a really dressed up baked potato.

First I sprayed the potatoes with olive oil. Then 400 degrees for 40 minutes. Then I shelled out the inside and made mashed potatoes with it and then baked the skins again to get them crispy. Then I put the mashed potatoes back in. Then the BBQ ribs I had slowed cooked in the slow cooker the day before went on top. Then cheddar cheese. Then bacon crumbles (you can use soy). Put it back into the airfryer to melt the cheese and get crispy then top with a light ranch dressing.

Ridiculously good. I’m not kidding. Way better than if I had made them in the oven.

I watch the show “The Dig” on Netflix. I highly recommend that one. I loved it.

I got a fantastic long walk in today.

It was a pretty good weekend.

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This weekend..

29 Jan

Finally, I will have a chance to relax, organize and put my life back to the way it was – efficient, clean and stress free.

I am looking forward to some decompression time. I may return back to the blog for a while to mentally organize some things.

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We’re through

28 Jan

I’m not going on this trip. We are completely finished. Somebody went way too far with their words and actions.

Done. Completely.

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What have I been working on?

27 Jan

I just finished hand coding a co-registration system from scratch. We just entered testing on it.

This was a big project. I am looking forward to it.

Today I am back to a little Facebook advertising as well.

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And then we got back together….

21 Jan

He’s back living with me. I’ve made my point and we’ve reached an agreement. I guess somethings are worth more than money aren’t they.

And now we are planning a trip to Montego Bay next month. I’m buying swimsuits and lingerie and trying to figure out a way to get there without Covid. I think I figured out how.

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We split up

17 Jan

Yes it is sad news.

He had gone out of town for an overnight trip. It turned out that he went golfing with a single, female billionaire and stayed overnight at her house.

I’m not comfortable with that and I don’t see myself ever getting comfortable with that.

I think that if he had actually loved me, he wouldn’t have done that or at least understood what was wrong with that picture.

Some men are not capable of real love. And it’s the one thing that I can’t compromise on is that I want to be with someone who is capable of love. I need to be with someone who is capable of loving me, specifically.

So we split up and then we went golfing because we’ll remain friends.

I wouldn’t necessarily expect me to come back and devote time to the blog right now. We’ll see. I have to make a new web site for this domain so time this year. I think this thing is 15 years old now but I’m always last on priority list becasue I get to paid to do it for other people.

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Big Smile…

16 Dec

I asked him to come back from New York early and he’s coming home tomorrow.

That makes me very happy. Now you know why you won’t hear from me for a while….

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The Fortune Cookie…

11 Dec

I know some of you thought this could not possibly be true but it is.

This is the fortune I pulled out of the cookie when we were sitting and having lunch. Yes, it has his name on the back. I keep it taped to my computer.

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Sorry it’s been a while…

10 Dec

All my extra time has been taken up with a personal relationship. Yes, we’re still together and yes we fell in love. We each moved into each other’s homes.

We’re very happy and we seem to be so well matched.

But you know I only had time to write because he had to be out of town on business. It was originally supposed to be for 3 months but it looks like it might only be a couple of weeks. I very selfishly want him back home.

You know when I handed him a key I couldn’t even remember how many years and years ago it was that anyone else would have a key.

We went to a Asian restaurant and when I cracked open the fortune cookie it literally had his name on the back and a love fortune on the front. Wow, what a sign. I’ll keep that one.

All I can say is that I am happy and content and I’ve found someone who is very special indeed. It took so many years for this to happen,  I plan to enjoy every minute of it.

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I have been so busy…

24 Nov

When you move in with someone suddenly that’s where all your free time goes. But I am happy that is where the free time is going these days. This was a good decision.

But it doesn’t leave much time for the blog or other things. So please be patient for a while.

Happy holidays everyone.

I have been getting everything ready that I need to make Thanksgiving dinner. I’m looking forward to it.

We originally planned to have guests but had to cancel the guests. I’m still making a big dinner for the two of us.

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Fridgezilla arrived today…

13 Nov

That’s the refrigerator with a computer in it.

I never thought I would ever stand in front of a refrigerator this long.

The computer can do things like tell me what recipes are based off the items in the fridge, what I need to shop for, Google, Pandora, Ring Doorbell, an assistant (like Siri) to look up stock quotes and anything we ask. You can put the TV on the screen. The screen is huge. We can put pictures and videos on the board. I left a few hand written notes.

Fridgezilla is here.

Fabulous. I will be redesigning this kitchen but I don’t know yet where Fridgezilla’s home in the kitchen will be in the future.

If only it could cook. You know if it could control the pool and the hot tub, it might be the queen.

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My life is changing…

10 Nov

I have been independent for a number of years.

Yes, I’ve dated my fair share of guys in order to find a match. Many of the guys were great guys, but just not a match for me.

I think I met my match. Let’s hope so because we have plans for me to move in March 1st. Right now, I am playing the back and forth game between my condo and his house and as you know, I work from home. I am super busy now so if you wonder, “why is she so busy?” Now you know. Juggling moving an office around takes some logistical planning. Which I think we’ve solved. Has to to travel for work for three months, so we set March 1st as our date.

Now I’ll tell you about him and why he’s a match.

He is extraordinarily special. His name is August Wolf. A little about August (and all this is public information) He was an Olympic Athlete and he is graduate of Princeton University. Yes, he’s the one in Wikipedia and yes, he’s 6′6″. Truly a man to look up, literally and figuratively. He has an organization as you might know by now called Olympians Rising. He also does commercial real estate. After he and I started dating, I took on helping him as a side project. I think he’s amazing. I think he’s fabulous. I was involved heavily in Athletics in school and I’ve been an athlete my whole life. As you know, academics were important to me as I graduated 4.0 and on lots of scholarships and went on to be a computer science professor and design professor for 9 years before I went back into business.

He’s also got four, grown very successful kids who all went to great schools and are all working on their own. One is a business consultant, one is Python programmer, one is a Facebook UX designer and one is a professional basketball player. He has obviously set an example very well and done a great job – All great kids.

There’s a lot to admire about August.

I think he likes my work and admires what I’ve accomplished in my career. He’s asked me to redesign his house and provide marketing initiatives and eventually, I need to make a new web site. He has paid me for my work and bought me brand new Mac Powerbook with all the software I need. I can’t tell you how many men wanted to date me for my talent but of course, they didn’t offer to pay when they wanted something. That was always a bad sign. I love that he had no intention of trying to use me. He does have an extraordinary amount of integrity and character.

We’re looking forward to hosting dinner parties. I like to cook and I like to entertain. It’s been so long since I’ve functioned as a normal couple but this is the kind of stuff that makes me really happy.

We had fun over the weekend buying a refrigerator hat has a computer and a screen that gives me recipes based upon what’s in the fridge and cameras so if I am at the store, I can see if I need something like eggs. It also has a 12 inch LCD screen where we can put family photos and pictures of my mother’s new puppy on the fridge.  We’re doing normal things that couples do. What do you expect from a computer science & design expert? When I rework the kitchen I have to figure out where it goes.

From a design perspective, I want to make sure that I don’t take his personality out of the house. One of the neatest things about the house was all the Olympic memorabilia throughout the house. Particularly the old Olympic posters dating back to even the 20s and 40s. When I design things, you know I have to think about them for a while.

Home will be a country club (golf, fitness, tennis), pool in the back yard with hot tub. I downsized several years ago to a condo but August is used to living in much larger space than I am. The master bathroom is the size of one of my bedrooms. So my condo, although redone, would be out of the question. Hence, it’s up to me to adapt. Our biggest challenge this year will be to get through the 3 months of distance caused by the travel.

But as you can read from my post, he’s changing my life in many ways. We’re very happy and this has been a long time coming into my life. I hope you’re happy for me. And now you understand that I’m not ignoring anyone, my priorities have just shifted.

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It has been one year…

06 Nov

This weekend the Stuart Airshow will memorialize Joe Masessa, with whom you may remember was part of my personal life and I flew with him. He was a pilot and a doctor and owned an airshow company.

https://www.tcpalm.com/story/entertainment/whattodoin772/2020/09/04/stuart-air-show-honors-memory-pilot-killed-last-year/5714220002/

I don’t think it’s going to be possible to attend this weekend’s event but I certainly think about what happened a year ago often and Joe will forever hold some fond memories in my life. He was amazing. You are missed and loved by so many Joe.

I’ve always said, I will miss you forever. It’s hard to believe it’s been a year.

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Old Article That Was Published About Me, Sports and the Gifted Program

04 Nov

By now you know I am working on Olympians Rising. I am doing it in addition to “my day job.”

Someone was asking me why I can relate to the Olympians Rising cause and the bill that was just signed to reform the Olympics. I was heavily involved in athletics. I played 17 sports and many years of basketball. I turned down playing college ball in favor of academic scholarships. But no doubt, my experience with one great long-term basketball coach had a tremendous impact on my character and who I am. I would not be the person I am today without him. When I had to transfer high schools, I learned what a bad coach was and I really didn’t want to play anymore. Those two coaches were dire opposites.

That one coach affected my life so much that at one time, I was in the National Federation of High School Coaches.

This article was once written about me when I was in high school. My name became Laura Kerbyson when I got married over 25 years ago. My maiden name was Laura Fleming.  I ran the article through an OCR program so you can read the article below.

I ran it through OCR software and here’s the article

Injury Doesn’t Stop Teens Study

By SUZAN ZINK Sentinel Reporter

Laura Fleming is probably the last person you’d expect to see taking her school lessons on a sofa in her living room.

Skilled in 17 different sports, the 15-year-old blonde didn’t even know home instruction existed until a knee injury made her eligible for the program in mid-October.

Warned by her doctor to stay off her feet for four weeks, Fleming learned of the homebound option from her guitar teacher at Parkersburg South High School, where she is a sophomore.

Her mother’s call to the Wood County Schools special education office produced a home tutor for Fleming and a chance for her to keep up with her classmates. The general rule is that if a student will be out of school for three weeks due to temporary or serious health problems, his parents may request instruction, either at home or in the hospital, said Sally White, who supervises the homebound program.

The 35 to 50 students who take home instruction each month range from those with long-term debilitating illnesses to those with broken arms or legs. Some have psychological problems or severe physical handicaps: Time spent in the program. can range from a few days to an entire school career. The idea behind the program is to keep studetnts from’ falling behind in their schoolwork, White said.

Homebound junior high and high school students receive two hours of instruction per major subject area each, week.

Fleming is pleased with progress she is maklng through the special program. For example,,in one two-hour session, she was able to cover four days of advanced algebra material. “I make progress so easily. You’re only doing what’s absolutely necessary,” said Fleming, adding that her tutor thinks she’ll earn a 4.0 average this grading period.

Fleming’s tutor, Judy Auch, is one of three homebound Instructors In the school system.

Auch enjoys teaching In the home setting. “It’s like a one-room school, only the school is their home,” She also likes the one-on-one contact with her homebound students and the challenge of teaching a week’s worth of material In one sitting. “Laura is really a challenge because she’s in the gifted program,” Auch said. She appreciates the extra work Involved with Fleming’s case, I however, because the practical experience ties in her graduate. work In gifted education.

The rate of progress made by homebound students depends heavily on the cooperation of the student’s regular classroom teachers. Auch says that cooperation varies widely. “It’s frustrating when sometimes we have to go back several times to get the student’s assignments,” she said. On the other hand, some classroom teachers actually go to the student’s home to tutor them In subjects for which no homebound instructors are available. That is the case with Fleming’s Algebra II teacher David Habeb makes weekly visits to maintain her progress In the course.

Housebound for more than a month, Fleming is looking forward to returning to school on Monday and resuming her activities, which include writing for the school news-paper. She Is also eager to begin work on a new magazine which will be published by students in the gifted program.

And, eventually, she plans to return to the sports that she loves. Fleming considers her experience In the homebound program valuable and wishes more students knew about it. “It’s not in the student handbook. I never knew It existed.”

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Gummi Bears

03 Nov

I went to a dinner party at my ex-bosses house. I was telling a guest I took, “It’s kind of funny situation because I quit on her twice but we’re still friends.” We worked together for 3 years in a high stakes diamond business doing what I usually do plus everything else.

We had a great time at the dinner party. We spent so many years together they are like family. Then she sends me a little care package a few days later with chocolate and Gummi Bears.

I have not been able to put the bag of Gummi Bears down. So addictive….I definitely need another long walk tonight.

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It’s official. The President signed the bill into law.

02 Nov

The Empowering Olympic Paralympic and Amateur Athletes Act of 2020 was signed by President Trump is now a law.

This act authorizes the formation of a commission to investigate and reform the Olympics.

So proud of August Wolf for his work on this.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/2330#:~:text=The%20bill%20establishes%20(1)%20legislative,it%20to%20ensure%20that%20any

And so we move forward with everything we’ll need next.

Olympiansrising.org.

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How does the hair and the table look?

01 Nov

Someone always wants to know the answer to those 2 questions. So what do you think?

Don’t you just hate the glare off of your glasses with photographs? I should have put my contacts in first.

The big problem is that you can’t wear any kind of bra with this dress because it is backless.

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To a Lovely Dinner This Evening…

01 Nov


Ce soir, nous portons un toast et célébrons votre futur succès avec votre effort. Et à nous

Tonight’s Menu

Pinot Noir – Kenwood Vineyards Six Ridges Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2017

Champagne – Cremant de Bourgogne Louis Bouillot Grand Reserve

Beef Bourguignon – with carrots and mushrooms, adapted from Julia Child’s

Whipped Mashed Potatoes

Crusty White Baguette with Irish Butter

Dessert

Fresh Homemade Blackberry Pie

Decaf Cappuccino

Amaretto of Toscana Liqueur

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Plans for the weekend…

30 Oct

Some of it’s the usual – putting my house right, running errands.

Then I have to finish patching the web site that was created to reform the Olympics. Today is the day that the bill should have passed into law and I’ve got to finish patching this for now.

I’ve got to put together the next round of presentation materials. I’ve always been good at knowing to say and how.

Sunday, I’m going to host a nice dinner.

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Creating distance…

29 Oct

I had a friend that I had already decided to distance myself from some bad behavior. Then I pick up a major publication that cites an anonymous source with stories and I know all those stories and it becomes evident after 2 +2 is put together that this person was involved in some seriously bad stuff and bad people. I knew all those stories and even more details than what was reported but never really put it all together until now.

Sometimes it’s best to walk away from a friend or acquaintance.

Sometimes in friendships or business the other party gets involved in something they shouldn’t be. They usually can only hide it for so long.  I don’t like it when people use me to “have the credible friend.” Sometimes it takes years to figure out who people really are.

That’s happened more than once recently.

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No, my new “causes” have nothing to do with the above

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This has been the week for causes…Important Messages

28 Oct

There are two separate things I want to explain because they are both tremendously important.

As you know I do advertising, marketing and computer science. We were running Facebook Ads for a Medicare company with organic posts and it was generating thousands and thousands of comments and interactions. At the time when we started about a year ago, we didn’t have the staff to stay ontop of the comments.

I jumped in recently to learn more about the customers and what they say. The big surprise came in over the Medicare ads and organic posts that were directed at Diabetics. In the comments, an unfortunate theme emerged. There was story, after story, after story written by the relatives of diabetics who previously couldn’t get the help they needed through other companies or just didn’t know where to go to get help or they just got tired of fighting a disease that was out of control because of lack of medical care and they committed suicide or were writing to us because they were thinking about suicide.

I can absolutely tell you right now that Diabetics need more resources and support in the United States. These stories are so personal and painful to read and they were all written because they saw a Medicare ad. I’m going to be posting a lot more information for this audience and giving some thought into what could be done. I had no idea before I started delving into the comments online. It was an eye opening experience. One thing that I want to say to web developers and social media marketers is never underestimate the power to build community and the power to spark a conversation about important topics.

Now let me explain a second cause where I am using my abilities.

There’s a bill on the president’s desk that I hope turns into law within 10 days. The bill would give the authorization to create a congressional commission to investigate and reform the Olympics. Of the 1.6 Billion dollars that is allocated to the Olympics, less than 5% goes to the Athletes. Some of the salaries of the administrators are beyond astronomical. The criminal and moral misconduct of the Larry Nassar scandal and the girl’s who were victims is part of this effort.

Normally, I replace web sites. It’s been over 10 years since I’ve jumped into to fix an old site. But because we are potentially within 10 days of this becoming a law, I am patching an old site to make it work in the meantime because I was asked and hired to do so.

I think these videos in particular had a profound impact on why I would take on the project. I hope you watch them. The text information at the end of the videos is no longer correct. That’s something that I’ll have to edit out and we’ll get everything fixed on that old site.

https://youtu.be/p40o-OAGOKE

https://youtu.be/iCiKqyay0IE.

I was an athlete my whole life. We ask these athletes to represent our country. They deserve far better than what they’ve gotten. You will hear more from me about this cause in the future. I know that this blog is read by many people and if you are in a position to aid in these causes in a major way, please reach out to me and I can make sure you end up where you need to go.

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