Day 13 – Relax

Relax he tells me, before he finished with the new cast… there are new pains and different sensations with this cast. I have use of my elbow now… but my muscles and tendons were stuck in one position for 11 days, so I’m dealing with that more so than the broken bone itself. While I’m…

Ambidextrous

Such a peculiar word…. From Latin ambi- ‘on both sides’ + dexter ‘right-handed’. Interesting Here is a post about what I am noticing about my time without being able to use my dominant hand. Sunday, August 11th, 2019 I fell from a ladder while painting the crease between the ceiling and wall, and I broke my radius bone and…

AVID

AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.  AVID is a nonprofit created in San Diego by an English teacher named Mary Catherine Swanson. Mary noticed that teachers at Clairemont High School had low expectations for students bused in from disadvantaged areas of San Diego, which caused a belief that these students could not succeed. Swanson believed if…

Earth Love Festival 2019

This years Earth Love Festival at Amethyst Retreat Center in Duncannon Pennsylvania was a beautiful demonstration of community, collaboration, and love. Nicole Sharkey is the visionary who thought of this beautiful festival 3 years ago, and has since turned it into an amazing opportunity for all, to gather and to heal. The Earth Love festival…

Financial Service Innovation

The other day I went to PNC bank to make a wire transfer*. This blog is about my experience and how it relates to technology innovation. First off, I had to take off of work early to get to PNC before they closed at 4pm.  The closest branch was about 5 miles away. Once I…

Cromwell Valley Park

Yesterday and today I had the pleasure of attending another Baltimore County public schools Art teacher workshop, Plein Air Painting at Cromwell Valley park. This park is BEAUTIFUL! A hidden gem for sure. There are beautiful old structures, meadows, many different trees, and a beautiful creek! We found beautiful rocks, river glass, and a mulberry…

Clean Green 15 Challenge

As green school coordinator, I took up the Clean Green 15 Challenge to pick up trash for atleast 15 minutes as many times as possible. After picking up the trash, I would go to the website and enter the data. This data was accumulated throughout the year from students and teachers in the school, as…

Blockstack

We believe in a future where the rights you enjoy in the physical world extend to the digital world. However, the rules of today’s web browsers and apps were written by the large internet companies responsible for violating our rights. We’re building an app ecosystem that works for users, not against them, so that apps…

Save the Bay Sculptures

This quarter my students completed a recycled sculpture project that focused on how we can be more “waste free” and what we can do with the current plastic waste that we have accumulated. I have been saving plastic containers and trinkets for this project, but students also went home and found plastic materials to bring…

4 Crypto Question Survey

I have recently developed 4 survey questions’ in order to learn more about cryptocurrency awareness in my community. The responses I receive will assist in the creation of future learning opportunities for all. Please take a minute and complete the survey by clicking the link below:   Take the 1 minute Survey Thank you for…

Stablecoins

Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies designed to minimize the volatility of the price of the stablecoin, relative to some “stable” asset or basket of assets. A stablecoin can be pegged to a currency, or to exchange traded commodities. Examples of the best-known stablecoins include Tether (USDT) TrueUSD (TUSD) Gemini dollar (GUSD) USD coin by Circle and Coinbase…

Coinbase Learning

I discovered recently that you can earn crypto while learning about crypto on Coinbase. I am learning how specific cryptocurrencies work — and I get a bit of each currency to try out for myself. So I have been learning about Stellar Lumen and XLM.  Stellar is a platform that connects banks, payment systems, and people….