Our Annual Christmas Letter: N

At our recent annual retreat the Board of Directors, executive leadership, management, staff, interns, volunteers, and special guests selected N as the letter that best epitomizes our mission-driven 2019 portfoliolongo.com efforts. From our family to yours, Happy Holidays and, if applicable, Merry Christmas.

Jim Foote Senior, AA 1284, DFW to FAT

On our flight from Dallas/Fort Worth to Fresno I asked Mr. Foote, who will turn 90 soon, if I could draw him, and he said, sure. While I sketched, he told me stories. I learned a lot! I found out he’s an author, an illustrator, and a retired educator. Check him out on Amazon  by clicking here. What a blessing, especially after a such a blessed reunion with my sister and brother and their loved ones!

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.

Gabo

This is a re-do. I already posted a digital iPad drawing done in Paper 53 of Gabriel García Márquez, click here to see that post if you’re so inclined, but I felt like doing another in Sketch Club for the hell of it. Click therethere to see the translation, if need be.

This one did it!

I had been knotted up in one spot on my left side near the 4th or 5th vertebra for 3 or 4 weeks, and then it was this yoga pose that decongested everything. See other yoga posts here, yea, click here.

iPad art on iPad Pro with Apple Pencil in Sketch Club and iColorama.