Yeah, just looked for my "recent posts" and found out it was January 2015! So three and a half years… I’m thinking that counts as a “while.” I’ve looked at the newbies and seen welcomes from a couple of names I recognize. Hi Meridith! Hi extrinsic! I’m looking forward to getting back into it.
Life’s been a bit crazy. I did a two year experiment as a high school science teacher, and really did think that I would find time to write, silly me. But teachers only work from 7-2:30… right? I found myself working 60-80 hours every single week, and when I wasn’t working it was because I was so exhausted that I just couldn’t keep going. Still, it was a fabulous experience, and I adored my kids. But not something I could keep up for the next 20+ years. Now I’m back to engineering, freelance, and making the same money working around 20hrs/wk. So experience = fuel for writers, and time = opportunity, hence… I’m back.
Several months teacher's aide and individualized tutor for grade schoolers and First Year English tutor was the most instruction work with which I could cope. Daily migraines, ingrained institutional culture cult of personality, childish tin-pot tyrant megalomania, and personal political strifes were the worst of toxic workplaces. Nothing wrong with the grade school students -- yet; the first year college students were on par with the administration and faculties' foibles and follies.
Delight when a recipient's eyes lit that a-hah! moment sparkle. Each and all, regardless of age and attitude, most benefited from self-developed questions of why? and So what? Oh yeah? and Huh? our host Orson Scott Card's three questions readers ask. Adult-age recipients' added benefits arose when given explicit permission to consciously, responsibly, critically think for the self and participate in and contribute to the conversation that is adulthood, plus, a brief primer on the Socratic method applicable to instruction.
Fertile fodder for prose expression, like life is.