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Blog Post: Apple crisp: It’s a great way to connect.
Food is certainly a powerful way of connecting people across the globe. It is with that spirit in mind that I share this apple crisp recipe. A friend recently asked for one, and I turned, as always, to my “New Good Housekeeping Cookbook,” which isn’t so new any more. In fact, it’s tattered, stained and [...]

By johngriffin0928, Feed:Forever Learning, Thu, 01 Dec 2011 05:50:46 +0000 [Comment]
Blog Post: Getting creative on class time.
I’m sorry I haven’t been a good correspondent for the past few weeks, but this course in Creativity has really sparked something in me. I’ve been a professional writer for about 30 years now, and in the last four weeks or so, I feel more vitalized, more focused and more driven about my writing than [...]

By johngriffin0928, Feed:Forever Learning, Sun, 27 Nov 2011 04:25:08 +0000 [Comment]
Blog Post: Give thanks and raise a glass.
Awhile back, I mentioned that I wanted to host a wine tasting in a Google+ Hangout, so that anyone who was interested could sip some wine and share their thoughts about what they were tasting. Well, the big day is going to be this Sunday, Nov. 20, at 4 p.m. ET. I would like to [...]

By johngriffin0928, Feed:Forever Learning, Mon, 14 Nov 2011 19:08:27 +0000 [Comment]
Blog Post: Football as a backdrop for something broader in scope.
I never thought I would find myself fascinated with a football story. It’s not a sport I follow (I don’t really have time to follow any sports), but I have been glued to the growing reports surrounding the Penn State child abuse controversy. And it’s not because of the football angle, either, though the popularity [...]

By johngriffin0928, Feed:Forever Learning, Thu, 10 Nov 2011 18:06:25 +0000 [Comment]
Blog Post: The packging is the product.
I live about 12 miles from my job, so that means it takes me at least 45 minutes to get there in morning traffic and more than an hour to get home at night. To fill the time on the road, I almost always listen to a book on CD as a way of catching [...]

By johngriffin0928, Feed:Forever Learning, Sat, 05 Nov 2011 03:25:55 +0000 [Comment]
Blog Post: Here’s to your illusions.
Four years ago, I was in stuck in a routine. I got up in the morning, played with my bird, went to work, went out to eat (which was the focus of my work), went to a dance class and then went home. Except for the dance classes, there wasn’t really much in there that [...]

By johngriffin0928, Feed:Forever Learning, Thu, 03 Nov 2011 05:54:15 +0000 [Comment]
Blog Post: Kim chee? Puh-leeze.
Who is Kim Kardashian? And why does anyone in the world care about her or her marriage? I know, she’s the ox-eyed, dark-haired creature that graces the covers of most every magazine you can buy next to the supermarket cash register. But who is she? And why would I care? Why would anyone care? Yet [...]

By johngriffin0928, Feed:Forever Learning, Tue, 01 Nov 2011 15:10:08 +0000 [Comment]
Blog Post: Tilting at windmills.
I wouldn’t exactly call myself a risk taker. Sure, I jumped out of an airplane in an Elvis suit with a parachute on my back. I jumped off the edge of a mountain in Brazil strapped to a hang glider. I zip-lined over a Virginia mountain, and I danced in ballroom competition in Ireland. But [...]

By johngriffin0928, Feed:Forever Learning, Tue, 25 Oct 2011 03:48:35 +0000 [Comment]
Blog Post: Least appetizing headline of the day.
It takes a lot to make me lose my appetite. But this headline from the Los Angeles Time does it: Restaurant nudity to be debated in San Francisco. Before you accuse me of being a prude, please note that I have a sister and brother-in-law who have been naturists. And they probably have had more [...]

By johngriffin0928, Feed:Forever Learning, Thu, 20 Oct 2011 19:04:25 +0000 [Comment]
Blog Post: That clean feeling.
I just mentioned to a co-worker I was glad his homemade hummus did not contain cumin in it because, well, the spice always smells like an unwashed armpit to me. And it tastes less appealing than that if you can discern the flavor instead of letting it incorporate itself into the whole flavor of a [...]

By johngriffin0928, Feed:Forever Learning, Tue, 18 Oct 2011 17:43:29 +0000 [Comment]
Blog Post: Connecting the dots over dinner.
I'm sitting in a big restaurant that you'd only find in Texas. It's called the Hofbräu, but little about the ambience is German. The walls are covered with animal heads and skins. The chandeliers are made of deer antlers, and saddles fill one corner. The chairs are big and blocky and wooden, yet surprisingly comfortable, [...]

By johngriffin0928, Feed:Forever Learning, Tue, 18 Oct 2011 02:34:15 +0000 [Comment]
Blog Post: When the brain won’t work, but the nose is doing overtime.
I’m sorry I haven’t been posting much in the last few days, but time has been far too fluid for me. Here, in San Antonio, we’re experiencing a second spring, thanks to recent rains that have caused plenty of plants to put forth new growth after a season of drought and temperatures topping 100 for [...]

By johngriffin0928, Feed:Forever Learning, Thu, 13 Oct 2011 12:11:02 +0000 [Comment]
Blog Post: Why punctuation works.
I have been a copy editor for most of my adult life, so I often get picky about grammar and proper punctuation. I know, such matters are not taught in schools any more. It stifles creativity, one teacher told me. But it hinders effective communication, if you ask me. Notice the photograph of a sign [...]

By johngriffin0928, Feed:Forever Learning, Wed, 05 Oct 2011 05:10:17 +0000 [Comment]
Blog Post: ‘A Very New Brand’; or, What’s more important than Charlie Sheen?
"We are more important than Charlie Sheen right now." OK, so those aren’t exactly words that anyone really wants to take seriously. But because there are people in the world who take Charlie Sheen seriously, then you have to take whatever is more important than the actor’s puerile behavior with a bit more than a [...]

By johngriffin0928, Feed:Forever Learning, Mon, 03 Oct 2011 04:44:46 +0000 [Comment]
Blog Post: Any wine lovers out there?
I would like to get together with any wine lovers in #CMC11 for a little project in liquid connectivism. My hope is to get together a few people from various regions and countries to do a simultaneous wine tasting. Wine lovers know that there’s little better in life than sharing a good bottle with friends. [...]

By johngriffin0928, Feed:Forever Learning, Fri, 30 Sep 2011 03:28:05 +0000 [Comment]
Blog Post: Here and there.
I was in Albany, N.Y., recently for a grad school residency and stayed with a friend about an hour away from where the hotel headquarters was. That meant some driving back and forth in a borrowed truck with headlights that are dimmer than my mind right now — and that’s pretty dim, because it’s late [...]

By johngriffin0928, Feed:Forever Learning, Thu, 29 Sep 2011 04:57:16 +0000 [Comment]
Blog Post: A day of disconnect
There are times when all of us need to disconnect ourselves from the rest of the world, take a breather and spend a little time alone. I can do that in crowds, and it’s no problem tuning out the outside world. I especially like to do it while flying, which is what I did a [...]

By johngriffin0928, Feed:Forever Learning, Sun, 25 Sep 2011 02:22:45 +0000 [Comment]
Blog Post: The ground beneath our feet
Strip away the borders from all of the countries on the planet, get rid of all of the differences among peoples, and what are you left with? The earth. The ground beneath our feet. The dirt from which spring the trees, plants and flowers that feed us and give us oxygen. But soil is strange. [...]

By johngriffin0928, Feed:Forever Learning, Thu, 22 Sep 2011 02:16:25 +0000 [Comment]
Blog Post: “Lifelong learning is a necessity.”
“In a bygone era, the skills you learned in school could carry you through your career. But today, lifelong learning is a necessity. Americans have to understand that education doesn't end when they graduate from college. That is when it begins.” So writes Vivek Wadhwa in the Washington Post in an article titled “On jobs, [...]

By johngriffin0928, Feed:Forever Learning, Wed, 21 Sep 2011 02:09:38 +0000 [Comment]
Blog Post: We never stop learning. Even when drinking. Or maybe especially when drinking.
“We never stop learning, do we?” That was not the sentence I had expected to stop me in my tracks Sunday evening at a private dinner overflowing with spectacular wines, amazing food and, well, all sorts of merry-making that only moneyed seem to get to enjoy. Yet, there I was, with a glass of 1981 [...]

By johngriffin0928, Feed:Forever Learning, Tue, 20 Sep 2011 00:42:06 +0000 [Comment]
Blog Post: Wasteland? That was then.
Fifty years ago, a man with the unenviable name of Newton Minow (“Sounds like double bait,” a co-worker said) called television “a vast wasteland.” Minow is a former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and he knew whereof he was speaking. TV was a wasteland back then, and it’s sad to realize that it is [...]

By johngriffin0928, Feed:Forever Learning, Sat, 17 Sep 2011 04:47:02 +0000 [Comment]
Blog Post: 2 + 2 = fascinating.
If you want a glimpse into how a non-traditional school in Russia approaches the world of education, then read the upcoming New York Times’ Sunday Magazine article, “My Family’s Experiment in Extreme Schooling” (registration required). In the article, writer Clifford J. Levy talks about taking his children from New York schools and dropping them into [...]

By johngriffin0928, Feed:Forever Learning, Fri, 16 Sep 2011 04:33:18 +0000 [Comment]
Blog Post: Searching for peace when things get frazzled. #CMC11
I found this on RetSam’s blog. It’s sort of how I feel today. Some of that comes from the fact that I have been thinking a lot about Sept. 11, 2001, lately, as have many others because of the 10th anniversary. I’m sick of the smug politicians with their vapid, jingoistic nonsense about the meaning [...]

By johngriffin0928, Feed:Forever Learning, Wed, 14 Sep 2011 02:37:36 +0000 [Comment]
Blog Post: #CMC11 — I’m here. I think. I am.
I’m really looking forward to taking the next step in my education about MOOCs and online learning. I started last fall with PLENK2010, an exploration of personal learning environments. When that MOOC started, I didn’t have a clue what a MOOC was or what a personal learning environment, or PLE, was. And the first few [...]

By johngriffin0928, Feed:Forever Learning, Tue, 13 Sep 2011 03:36:38 +0000 [Comment]
Blog Post: Not a twit. Yet.
I am relatively new to the world of social media. I’ve only had a Twitter account for a couple of years. The same with Facebook. I started after I got laid off and heard that getting the word out about myself could help in landing a job. In indirect ways, the various services, including LinkedIn, [...]

By johngriffin0928, Feed:Forever Learning, Thu, 15 Sep 2011 04:32:41 +0000 [Comment]
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