Dealing with Bad Situations

We all have to deal with bad situations from time to time.  However, there are several things we can do to help us through the hard times.

  1.  Remain flexible – Being overly rigid can cause the bad situation to get worse, while flexibility allows us to find solutions.
  2. Perspective – Life is not fair, how you view your situation will determine how you feel and how well you can deal with the situation.
  3. Learn from the situation – Learning from what is happening might help you avoid similar situations or at least help you resolve similar situations quickly in the future.
  4.  Ask for help – We all need help from time to time, so don’t be afraid to ask for it.

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Accessibility of eLearning

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This book has two main points:

  • The needs of disabled students have to be taken into account when considering how to deliver and support distance teaching.
  • A design that incorporates the requirements for disabled students is likely to be more accessible and useful for non-disabled students than a design without such consideration.

What makes this book unique are the links to websites that allow the reader to simulate taking a class with a disability.  I highly recommend this book, because it was eye opening and educational.

Books, Books, and More Books Please

I can never get enough books.  When I walk into a bookstore or a library, I feel a sense of wonder and awe.  I am surrounded by so many stories, so much information, and so many things that I can learn.  Where do I begin?  How can I pick just one or two books?

 

The book salesman should be honored, because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most.  (Confucius)

Finishing a book is like leaving a good friend.  (William Feather)

Don’t judge a book by its thickness either.  (Craig Bruce)

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.  (Murakami)

Great books help you understand and they help you feel understood.  (John Green)

There are worse crimes than burning books.  One of them is not reading them.  (Joseph Brodsky)

Once you learn to read you will be forever free.  (Frederick Douglas)

 

Fahrenheit 451

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I just finished reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.  My favorite section in the book, is when Montag asked, “Where do we go from here?  Would books help us?”

Faber responded: “Only if the third necessary thing could be given us.  Number one, as I said, quality of information.  Number two: leisure to digest it.  And number three:  the right to carry out actions based on what we learn from the interaction of the  first two.”

Although it wasn’t mentioned in this section, but it was alluded to in other parts of the book, another thing needed is the desire to read and learn from books.

You don’t have to burn books to make them ineffective.  You just have to get people to stop reading them.  You get them to not want to read books.

Upcoming Disaster

I see young adults making the same mistakes I made in my youth.  I attempt to offer advice whenever it is appropriate.  I hope they will learn from my example and save themselves some unnecessary grief.

However, they ignore my words.  They believe they are just as knowledgeable as I am (if not more so) and that nothing bad will ever happen to them.

I see the upcoming disaster, but I am powerless to stop it.  They must learn their lessons the hard way.

It seems to be a common trait among humans.  I often ignored the older generation in my youth and at times I suffered as a result.  Now the younger generation ignores me and they will experience the same painful consequences.