I’m back

Much has happened during the last five months. I had major surgery in October. I am doing just fine, now, and I returned to work late last month.

Because some of us are facing challenges in our lives, we must work harder at acknowledging things for which we are thankful. Before I close, I would like to share my gratitude list with you:

  • I am grateful for my life. I did not have to be here. God still has a work for me to perform. I may not know what it is, but I do know there is something left for me to accomplish before I leave this life.
  • My thanks to the Pastor, First Lady and all the saints at Words to Life Ministries in Owings Mills for their prayers for my healing. “By His stripes we are healed.”
  • I am so grateful to all the doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals who cared for me during this time of my life. Their expertise and support helped me survive and achieve a speedy recovery.
  • I am grateful for my family. You have sacrificed and loved me with all your heart.
  • I am grateful for my friends. We can’t choose our family, but we do choose our friends. I have chosen wisely. You are awesome and dynamic examples of humanity.
  • I am grateful for my brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha. “First of all, servants of all, we shall transcend all.”
  • I am grateful for my UPenn family. Your love and care have had a profound impact on my recovery.
  • I am grateful for all the calls to check on my progress, the email messages to encourage me, the gifts sent to buoy my spirit, the visits to make sure I was doing well, and the helping hands to aid in my care.
  • When roll call was taken, each of you stepped up and said, “We’re here for you, Tony.” For this fact, I am humbled and eternally grateful.
  • I am grateful to the students and staff at St. Georges for their cards and good wishes for my health. It is great to be flying with the HAWKS once again!
  • Finally, I am thankful that my appetite has returned.

I’ll get back to sharing about using technology in the classroom in future posts.

Breaking with tradition

Follwoing the lead of Dean Shareski, one of the bloggers tagged by Wesley Fryer, I have decided to break rule #4 of the  “8 Random Facts” meme. Some may feel that memes are not appropriate for their blogs. Since this is a fun time of year for me, I used it because I am trying to add some personality to my posts. I often think my writing is stiff and does not let the “real” me shine through. This meme was a way for me to break the ice with me. Does that make sense???

8 Random Facts

I discovered this meme by Wesley Fryer and thought I would give it a go. Just a little fun before returning to the business at hand.

I must start with giving the Rules:

1) Post these rules before you give your facts
2) List 8 random facts about yourself
3) At the end of your post, choose (tag) 8 people and list their names, linking to them
4) Leave a comment on their blog, letting them know they’ve been tagged

Here are my 8 random facts:

  1. I love watching the Star Trek franchise television programs and movies.
  2. I fell in love with banana ice cream because my grandparents owned an ice cream stand. Unfortunately, it was destroyed in the mid 60’s when a car ran into an external gas tank behind the store.
  3. My first pet was a cat named Homer.
  4. Two of my favorite musical performers are Joe Sample and Earth, Wind & Fire
  5. Where I grew up, I could see the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and the Twin Towers from my bedroom window.
  6. When I was five years old, I wanted to host my own radio show. I got the opportunity to host a show on a college radio station.
  7. I’ve been awed by visits to the Grand Canyon, Sunset Crater and Niagara Falls. I want to see more natural wonders.
  8. The last Broadway play I attended starred Judith Jamison, Phyllis Hyman, and Gregory Hines in Sophisticated Ladies.

I tag:

I will leave comments on their sites tomorrow. I have been on the computer too long, today.

Tech adventures: Installing a wiki – Part II

Yes, the wiki is installed. No, I didn’t install it. The learning curve proved too steep for me this time.

I needed help.

I contacted my friend and mentor Pat Sine to seek her advice about installing the MediaWiki software on my web site’s server. MediaWiki is the wiki engine that powers Wikipedia. She mentioned that I might want to consider setting up a wiki account at WikiEducator, another free wiki powered by MediaWiki. Resigned to my limited knowledge, I visited the site, looked around, and decided this would be an acceptable solution.

Yesterday, bless her heart, I learned Pat  had installed the software for me. I am looking forward to using this wiki for my classes in the fall.