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Today’s Title Is… There’s Sick…and Then There’s Sick

Today’s Title Is… There’s Sick…and Then There’s Sick

When I was a teacher, I was rarely out for two reasons. First, I was hardly ever sick anyway, and I thought my responsibility was to be in school with my students even when I didn’t feel so great. Second, it was really more work being out. You had to get a substitute, hopefully someone you could rely on. Then, you had to write plans which spelled out in detail things which you already knew as the teacher, and make sure they got to the person. Even when you thought everything was set, unexpected things happened, usually small stuff, although one day, one of my kids ate a sock just to see what the sub would do. She left me a blunt note saying she’d never be back.

These days, I’m a retired teacher and full time author and writer who works from home. That means that if I’m sick, even a little, I can sit around and watch tv all day or stay in bed if I want to. Since I don’t “punch a clock” anymore, and can do as I please with no real deadlines or obligations, being sick just isn’t the same. I may feel lousy, but I don’t have to worry about going to work and I haven’t written sub plans for years.

For those of you who still go to work even when you’re sick- well, I’m sorry.

Jim

 

 

 

 

Today’s Title Is… The Pile Grows

Today’s Title Is… The Pile Grows

One source for subjects for my blog, “Today’s Title Is…”, is the newspaper. I read the Albany Times Union each day and tear out stories that may become blog topics at one point. I try to balance using positive and negative articles, but it seems that the bad outweigh the good by a lot. Regardless, the pile of articles on my desk has been growing by leaps and bounds. For example, today’s articles ranged from the appropriate age for a thoroughbred to race, to building a soundproof booth for the head of the Environmental Protection Agency for $25,000, to a worker employed by the state of New York whose location to sign in for work has been moved from one outdoor location to another- all of them quite offensive. There’s an ongoing lawsuit, by the way.

Anyway, here’s hoping that my pile dwindles and my generally sunny disposition results in mostly positive posts. It may also help to make your day a little better! Always feel free to share any ideas you may have for future posts in the comment section below or you can contact me directly. Thanks!

Jim