In taking a cue from the often overused question posed to returning students, I am dedicating this post to outline what I've been doing since school ended in June.
First, I must apologize for my absence from blogging. I've been without an internet connection for a while, which limits my blogging options. Yes, I could have taken the laptop to a place with WIFI, but honestly I've had other things on my mind.
Just before the school year ended, I was sad to hear that the summer camp where I have taught art classes for the last three years has suffered a massive drop in enrollment this year. I usually count on the income from this job to get me through until September when I can go back to subbing, so it was quite a hit to learn that my classes were being dropped completely. I have been faced with the daunting task of finding a summer job when most of them were already taken by high school and college students. The most I have found has been working as an usher at my local music theater. Now, this is a fun job since I see all the shows -- often more than half a dozen times all the way through -- but the pay is minimal as are the hours. I was planning to pick up a second job in a new restaurant that is opening soon, but the opening has been delayed due to political paperwork. So I am for the most part, unemployed. And, needless to say, I am very stressed out about it.
Well, I was determined not to waste the summer hours that I now had to so whatever I wanted to do. I WAS determined to make more art, organize things, listen to free concerts, etc. Thing is I WAS determined. But instead I find myself looking for a permanent teaching job and a temporary or part-time second job. And when I am not doing that I am worrying about what I will do if something doesn't come through soon. All this time wasted worrying means I have no finished art to share.
Now, you may be thinking that if I have wasted so much of my own time worrying, why waste anyone's time reading about my doing so. Well, I haven't been completely unproductive. Before I began the worrying cycle, I looked into some online classes that I could not afford to take. But rather than just say to myself that it is shame I can't take this class, I decided to get the required reading for free from the library and read the books on my own. I am very glad I did because now I can share them with you.
Robinson has also written Out Of Our Minds: Learning To Be Creative. This book is still on my summer reading list, but after just a brief perusal it seems like just as interesting and easy a read as his other book. More on this book later.