Looking Back

Earlier today I heard Terry Gross on Fresh Air interview Christopher Wylie, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower and author of Mindf*ck: Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break America; click here to listen to that interview, access the transcript, and purchase the book if you’re so inclined. Wylie outlines how in the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election in the United States Cambridge Analytica, Steve Bannon, teams of well-financed social scientists, and some sophisticated Facebook algorithms targeted and harnessed the residual power of an interesting demographic, i.e., straight white men who felt humiliated and emasculated by marginalizing forces well beyond their control. They were manipulated and promised a return to an imaginary golden era that fortunately never existed. I’m considering getting the book. The title says it all! The interview prompted this:

an iPad drawing using Sketch Club and iColorama

Cokie

I can still hear her voice. Her full name was: Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne “Cokie” Roberts. 1943-2019

[My way of spending a little extra time with her. One hour and twenty-five minutes and 3,138 brush strokes, to be exact, in Sketch Club on an iPad Pro using an Apple Pencil, plus a tweak in iColorama.]

Reference photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC

Sounds like an Adult ESL Instructional Grouping Strategy

working In pears

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I hardly ever post anything about the English as a Second Language (ESL) classes I teach. I always take my iPad and project it onto a large screen. Oftentimes, I do a digital drawing in Paper 53 that accompanies a set of scrambled words that I ask students to unscramble. It works especially well at the very beginning of my multi-level, adult, beginning ESL classes as students trickle in. Here’s a collection of a few that I’ve recently used.

CLICK HERE FOR A SAMPLE OF THE UNSCRAMBLE EXERCISES

Teaching ESL is a fun was to apply anthropology.

Three Models of Public Service

These are some of the public servants whom I admire; in his own way, each of these men has stood up to the most divisive, corrosive, and imbecilic leader this country has known. Rather than call attention to him and those whom he is leading astray, I shed a little light on these three models of public service. 

Jerry

Adam

Elijah

Stinson Beach, CA & Portland, OR: A Recent, Two-Sided Trip

Angel Trumpet Annyth: iPad painting in Sketch Club, near Stinson Beach

Hats Off: iPad painting in Sketch Club of a dear friend, David In Muir Woods; oh, I’m there too!

Sausalito Sidewalk Bench: iPad drawing in Sketch Club done on a bench in front of a shop in Sausalito

Parkside Snack Bar: iPad painting in Sketch Club of our go-to place in Stinson Beach, CA

Sleeping Man on Light Rail Train: iPad painting in Sketch Club of “moving relaxation.”

Cohousing is for the Birds: iPad painting in Sketch Club of a birdhouse on the grounds of Green Grove Cohousing

Diane Leafe Christian on Sociocracy: iPad Sketch in Sketch Club during a talk at the 2019 Cohousing Conference in Portland, OR

Raines Cohen on Cohousing as Social Enterprise: iPad painting in Sketch Club done at the 2019 Cohousing Conference in Portland, OR

Coming back up for air: iPad drawing in Tayasui Sketches on the return flight