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tolerance [Aug. 17th, 2012|06:33 pm]
Deborah Kohen
Three young Russian women have just been sentenced to two years in jail for a two-minute performance in a church that was offensive to Christians. Things like this happen all over the globe. What I want to know is: why is it heinous (and/or illegal) to offend religious zealots and conservative zealots, but fine and legal to offend anyone and everyone else?
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what I have to deal with (the light side) [May. 10th, 2009|12:27 am]
Deborah Kohen
I am all but buried in papers and it has generally not been fun, but this terrible sentence in a paper about air pollution made me laugh: "People don't know but when they put a sprits or hair spray in their hair everyday from an arousal can harm the earth."
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work [Jul. 24th, 2008|10:40 pm]
Deborah Kohen
I'm teaching a summer class, and even though it means being out & about in the afternoon heat every day, I'm having a wonderful time. First off, since it's summer school, I'm getting paid really well for what I'm doing, which is rather a new experience for me. Second, since it's a remedial course and UNLV no longer officially offers remedial courses, this one is only offered through the community college during the school year. Therefore, there is no university assessment to contend with, no departmental syllabus, and no oversight. Which means I can approach the class from and with my own style and strengths, and teach the way I know best. I can be spontaneous and flexible, and tailor all assignments to the students' abilities.
Of course, some of the students are rather indolent. Most adolescents are not exactly chomping at the bit to spend the summer taking remedial composition. But some of them are genuinely excited. Every subject I bring up is met with enthusiasm. Today I asked whether they wanted me to give them next week's assignments ahead of time, and the answer was yes! Not only have I heard no complaints about giving homework every day, but a few students said they're enjoying writing so much that they've been getting their assignments done faster than they're due. Two new subjects for assignments that I mentioned today elicited cheers.
When you do what I do -- teach courses that students have to take whether they want to or not, and have to pay for (not cheap), and in this case don't get a grade for so can't use it to boost that gpa (it's pass/fail) -- it doesn't get better than that.
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transitions & repairs [Aug. 18th, 2003|02:14 am]
Deborah Kohen
I'm going to be offline for a couple weeks, starting today.
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Au Revoir [Aug. 14th, 2003|01:39 pm]
Deborah Kohen
I'm sorry -- I just can't do this anymore. I feel I have nothing left to offer or to learn in this medium, and I'm so tired.
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weight-bearing [Aug. 11th, 2003|12:16 pm]
Deborah Kohen
In plain English, I'm not adequate for the amount of responsibility and stress I'm trying to handle. I lack sufficient understanding, and maybe a few other things as well.
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(no subject) [Jul. 28th, 2003|12:47 am]
Deborah Kohen
"Where there are machines, there will be machine problems."
--Chuang Tzu
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Return [Jul. 26th, 2003|03:57 pm]
Deborah Kohen
[Current Mood |contrite]

My Free Will Astrology horoscope for this week:
"Begone blame! Atonement and absolution must reign! Yes, Leo, this is the best time in many moons to declare amnesty. Forgive everyone who has ever hurt you. Purge yourself of simmering resentments and remorse. Swear off revenge forever, including both vindictive acts and nasty thoughts. It's especially important that you let go of the guilt you've felt about your own failures. Remember when you were "it" while playing hide-and-seek as a child? Remember yelling out 'ollie ollie in free' or 'ollie ollie oxen free'? Let that be your mantra this week. It means 'all who are out can come in free.'"

I just deleted a long somethingerother I wrote here pledging forgiveness to a long list of people with whom I shouldn't have gotten angry in the first place. No one has done me any harm that I played no part in. I just need to learn my lessons: to have healthy boundaries, keep my nose out of issues that don't concern me, create a life for myself that I can live with, and stop being foolish.

Peace.
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(no subject) [Jul. 25th, 2003|09:34 am]
Deborah Kohen
One of two songs that were playing in my head when I woke up this morning: "Don't you -- forget about me."
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Like Walkin in the Rain [Jul. 24th, 2003|10:43 pm]
Deborah Kohen
Big storms, as previously noted, don't last long here; often, by the time I've changed into rain clothes and stepped out, it's dry again, but not today. I was in a sad and gloomy mood this morning, but walking in the rain cheered me up. In nature's honor I wore a forest green shirt & blue jeans & leaf earrings. I meant to step over to Roma to share the joy of rain with whoever was there, but stopped at an impassable intersection and decided to return home. Then the rain really started pelting at me so hard that I laughed out loud. Loud cracks of lightning & thunder, wind that meant business. I got drenched! and was maybe shivering a bit by the time I got upstairs... When was the last time I was outdoors and cold??
I aired out the apartment, although it wasn't really cold outside, that was just a result of exposure to the elements, and as soon as the storm blew past, the temperature began to rise again.
Even with all that fun & nostalgic memories it brought to mind, I've been feeling uneasy today. Something's nagging at my brain -- a sense that something's wrong. I have to hope that whatever it is, just like the clouds it'll pass.
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