April 12th, 2006

Cut cuddle and be Cute

It's not supposed to happen.

Within the last 24 hours, I've learned of two deaths that happened way too early. First, I learned that one of my cclassmates in high school was killed in a car accident. I'm embarrassed that I can't put the voice with the name. People assume that I know who I'm talking to, and unfortunately in high school, I didn't ask as much as I should have.

This morning, I learned of a death that stung. Dean Jackson, the BrailleNote Product Specialist, passed away suddenly in his home. I'm not seeing the announcement up on
Humanware's web site
but I know it's been posted to the
braillenote
community.

I knew Dean from beta testing and seeing him on the Humanware lists. He was the guy who usually had to call me if I got myself into a jam during tests. The betas rarely had that happen. But I knew that if something serious did happen, he'd be calling me to help fix it. He often added a touch of humor to what can be a stressful time. Beta testing can be intense, as it should be, to catch bugs and make suggestions. But touches of humor always helped lighten the mood.

I certainly didn't know him as well as Humanware staff, nor did I participate in the BrailleNote discussion list, but it's still a loss that stings.

I really can't write tributes, but may my former class mate, as well as Dean Jackson rest in peace. I'm praying for all those who knew them.

Hugs!
Nickie
  • Current Mood
    sad
Cut cuddle and be Cute

The benefits of taking the ologies

I've joked with friends that this semester is the "ology" semester. Psychology, sociology and theology. Surprisingly, topics in one often come up in another class. Taking a class called "Stages of Christian life" and a class on developmental psychology means that I often find one lesson talks about the other.

I find that I'm more comfortable learning things from a theological perspective first, then trying to understand the psychological perspective. One criticism I have for psychology is that I don't see much room left over for faith. When I took classes in high school, it seemed like you had to choose one or the other. It's exciting to learn that I don't have to do that.

What brought this on is the fact that names keep coming up in class and I can go "OOH! I remember this." Terms and names are not my strength, but at least the "ologies" have a little less mystery.

I absolutely love these chances to learn.

And I have a total writer's block. I'm in a fog right now.

Hugs!
Nickie
  • Current Mood
    confused
Cut cuddle and be Cute

What? Me? Predictable?

So I went to the honors orientation today. There's a class called "Reading ilness: Disease and Disability in literature and Biology". That sounds like my dream course! Nothing like hearing that there's a course about something you care about to bring you out of a funk.

Hugs!
Nickie
Cut cuddle and be Cute

Me orient good one day.

For some reason, I'm compelled to write little snapshot posts so far this week. there are several things rolling around in my head at the moment that I will probably blog about at some point. This isn't bad stuff either. For now, I feel like sharing something humorous that happened recently.

Friday, Dad came down to help me out at the doctor. I think this was after we got back. The campus clock that chimes the hour went off and I asked him where it is. He explained that it's on a tower on our fitness center. And then, the fateful words
Me: "That's a good landmark to be aware of." Dead silence. "Well, maybe not so much..."

So, if I suddenly can't find my way around campus, just wait until the top of the hour.

Hugs!
Nickie