A need to write

I started this journey thirteen years ago. I started blogging and enjoyed it but in the past half dozen years I have moved away from it and towards social media. I’ve felt something within me calling me to write more and that’s what I’m going to try to do. I write regularly for Opensource.com. I’m a community moderator and regularly write about Linux and all things open source. I enjoy that a great deal. It has helped me to continue to learn and grow.

In the past five years I’ve moved from teaching in a public school to volunteering in a variety of places including a food pantry, a soup kitchen, public libraries, teaching digital literacy, Python, Scratch and other open source software. I love open source and continue to write about it and promote it anywhere that I go. I’ve found that there is a great deal more to open source than merely free software. I’ve become a member of a growing community of writers and developers and that’s been very energizing.

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Winter Storm Harper

The concept of naming storms is not new. In the past it’s been tropical storms and hurricanes that were named. I don’t remember winter storms or blizzards being officially named. I remember the Blizzard of ’66. I was in 8th grade and that storm came in January too. According to an article I read earlier on Wikipedia that storm happened January 27  – January 31 of that year. I remember that in our community of Arcade, New York that there were no cars moving on Main Street and that I joined my father and brother snow-shoeing to the local grocery store. We picked up some items that the priest who lived on the other end of our street needed. Had cable news existed back then I wonder what that storm would have been called. I don’t remember the exact snowfall totals but I do remember that the main street of our village was impassable. You can read more about the Blizzard of 66 here.

I hope everyone stays safe in this winter storm. I’m grateful to have a roof over my head and a warm place to stay. Snowstorms and blizzards always make me long for spring and green grass.

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Grateful to be well

Last week at this time I was sitting in the emergency room at Olean General Hospital. My future was uncertain as nurses and staff members examined me. I arrived at the emergency room short of breath. That’s a great way to get quick service at the ER. I’m grateful that one week later I’ve been returned to good health. Tonight I find myself nearly four hundred miles from home at a retreat center near Hartford CT. It was a long ride here and the journey had the feel of a pilgrimage. I’m glad to be here in this peaceful spot surrounded by beauty and care. Peace.

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An urgent read for educators

An Urgency of Teachers: the Work of Critical Digital PedagogyAn Urgency of Teachers: the Work of Critical Digital Pedagogy by Jesse Stommel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a great book. It is a collection of essays and it is thought provoking beyond measure. I’m so glad this book happened to fall into my lap thanks to a tweet that I happened to see. I recommend this book to every K-12 and higher ed teacher and student. There is something here for everyone to chew on. Be sure to follow the authors Jesse Stommel and Sean Michael Morris.

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Particular Notes of Hope

Almost Everything: Notes on HopeAlmost Everything: Notes on Hope by Anne Lamott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a great book as are all the books I’ve ever read by Anne Lamott. This one had some key insights for me or maybe they were key because I was finally ready for them.

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GnuCash 3.3 on MacOS Mojave

A week ago as I pondered upgrading to MacOS Mojave I wondered would I be able to use GnuCash on which I’ve grown to depend. Some of the research I had done on support sites indicated that the older 2.xx version of GnuCash that I was using on MacOS High Sierra might not work. I took the necessary steps to back up my files and then set out for the upgrade.

Sure enough when I had completed the upgrade to Mojave, GnuCash would not launch. I had a backup plan to use GnuCash on a Linux laptop. However I did come across a support discussion that indicated that GnuCash 3.2 and 3.3 would work. I downloaded the image files from SourceForge and set to work. When I first launched the program my register fonts were very small. I remembered that in GnuCash 2.6 that I had to edit a configuration file in the home directory ~/’.gtkrc-2.0.gnucash‘. That configuration file let me specify a larger font and different typeface.

Now, however GnuCash 3.3 required a different configuration option which I am going to share. Once I created and edited this file my new installation worked fine and the register appeared more readable. To accomplish this you need to open a terminal on your Mac. In the terminal you need to change directories to the following: Library/Application\Support/Gnucash/config/gtk-3.0/. Once you’re in that directory you will need to create a file named, ‘gtk.css’. I created the file with the ‘touch’ command and then edited it with ‘nano’. The contents of that file gave me the results I was looking for. You can edit the font and point size to your own tastes.
font:12pt arial, sans-serif;

I hope this helps other GnuCash 3.3 users.

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A must read from a great writer

From the Corner of the OvalFrom the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved the book. Beck Dorey-Stein is a great writer and I look forward to more of her work. This is a very interesting book and story of the Obama administration from an unlikely perspective.

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