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September 2014

Lipstick and slow cookers

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Three weeks ago my lovely auntie gave me some very important advice. First was do not leave the house without lipstick on and the second wonderful piece of advice was to buy AND use a slow cooker. She was right about the two. I have since used my slow cooker. In the morning I feel like I am mixing a magical potion. Depending upon what I took out of the freezer the night before to defrost and what fresh veggies are in the fridge, I literally empty them into the pot, add whatever spices I fancy that day, sometimes I …

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Collaboration: a jargon free diet

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I have been working in the ‘field’ of special needs for the past 14 years and even when I think I am watering my language down to be ‘jargon free’ and ‘user-friendly’ I still fall into the trap of using phrases and expressions only to be understood by fellow special education colleagues. On monday I was having dinner with a friend and recalling a situation which had happened the week before where I was having coffee with a colleague on the spectrum and we had bumped into my friend’s brother and father. I explained to my friend that I had …

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Subway entertainment

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I love Thursday nights. After I finish teaching in the evening I join one of my students and we take a bus accross town through Central Park to the subway. This is the long way home for me but I enjoy the company and scenary so much that I don’t mind the extra minutes. Once we get to the subway we depart at 14th street, where I then take the L train to Williamsburg, where I live. There are always incredibly talented performers and artists busking at night, and since my wait for the train is longer, I really get …

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Cultural diversity or social spills

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Since I have moved here there have been numerous occasions where I am misunderstood which I place under the category of ‘cultural mishap’. I would generally add that my social skills and graces are one of my strengths but it’s always good for the ego  when you feel that bump of reality and realize that there’s still so much to learn. I was walking in the corridor at Hunter with a well respected and older colleague. The corridor was narrow and for a meter or two I was walking ahead of her which felt inappropriate given her age and status. …

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