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Monday, December 20, 2010

What is TORTURE? Waiting for Professors to Post Grades

What's On My Mind Today:  What is TORTURE?  Waiting for Professors to Post Grades is my personal feeling definition of torture...Although I know I am on track for a 4.0 for this semester, anything could happen.  The professors wakes up and decides, no, I won't give her that A cause the last class we had she kind of made fun of me.  Or they, the professors, know you know you're getting an A, they just wait until Tuesday (TOMORROW) to post your grades.  Just so you can't have the satisfaction of knowing you did a job, Well-Done.

And although, I cannot say that for this round of professors I had for Fall 2010, I can say that of others from previous semesters.  They tell you, I already have your grades calculated, so why, OH WHY do you wait over a week before you post them?  I have to admit, my least favorite professor, gave us our final grades before the semester was over and the Saturday after the final class meeting he posted the grades.  Gave me a little more respect for him, even though I still despised his teaching method.

But as another professor informed me, they don't post grades until they can post everyone's grade.  I understand it, but why does the majority who was at the exam, have to wait on someone who possibly was just buying themselves more time to study...

Doesn't matter since I am checking every hour on the hour until I see my grades...TORTURE

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Conflicted About What to Study in Grad School

What's On My Mind Today:  I am equally in love with journalism and creative fiction writing.  It seems I am equally as good at journalism and creative ficition writing, so which Master's track to do I follow?  My one professor wants to enter a play I wrote into a contest to have it performed.  But then my journalism is good too. 

The MFA though has a lot of financial perks including tuition remission, stipend, possible health insurance and the ability to just write, in some cases without teaching.  A few even give you a relocation stipend!  Where graduate and teaching assistantships for jounalism carry a 20 hr teaching load and smaller, if any, stipend.

At this point, while I am so focused on journalism, I must consider the severe cost savings I could gain from following my MFA track first.  As well as I could probably move to a more desirable climate at the same time. 

I AM SO CONFLICTED....what would you do?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Immature People

What's On My Mind Today:  At some time in your life, you must transition from child to adult.  It occurs for boys usually later than girls, but still by the time your are a junior or senior in college, you would think the transition would be complete.  This is just amazing to me because when I was 21 or 22, I was married with 2 children, working a full-time job and attending classes whenever I could at Tri-C (Cuyahoga Community College).  Yet, in my second go round to finish my bachelor's, I find that these people who will be graduating with me in May 2011 are no more prepared to deal with the true pressures of life than they were before entering college. 

Some of them are still trying to prove they know everything and what they are really showing is "I am immature" and wasted 4 years of time and money.  Or they are still playing childish games from junior high.  I feel sorry for them because it won't be their cute faces or fashionable clothing that will keep them employed. 

  1. Your parents will not always be there to back you up so stand on your own two feet.
  2. Your boss only cares about your most recent accomplishment...Make yourself an asset to your employer with consistent, dependable work ALL THE TIME.
  3. Avoid office gossip and only talk about your children.  DO NOT tell them how great your girlfriend/ boyfriend is because people are sneaky and may go after your man/woman because of what you spread.  
  4. DO NOT date your co-workers.  True some people have found their soulmates but just as many have had bad breakups that tend to effect the work evironment for both of you and your co-workers.
  5. Establish a strong work ethic, IMMEDIATELY, if you don't already have one.  You cannot fake it til you make it!
  6. Keep your work area clean!
College is where you learn how to survive...I hope you learn it in the next six months because if you don't it will be a very rude awakening!!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

FINALS-Different than before

What's On My Mind Today:  I have a unique experience for the first time as an undergrad, NO FINALS!  I will have to come to class to turn in assignments and get my final grades but I don't have one final and I am so excited.  Even though I don't have formal final, I have a major paper assignment due in each of my classes if not more than one.  But that is all good because writing is what I do! 

I will not be doing note cards, staying up all night and hibernating this semester.  I will not turn into one of the many people who live in the library searching for a quiet place.  Yaaaaahhhhhhooooooo!

To those of you who have to do the study thing, here are a few suggestions, don't procrastinate.  Start your study process, a few weeks in advance (NOW), especially if your final is cumulative.  Study in the way usually study (examples:  note cards, re-reading your notes, etc.) then give it a day or two and do it another way (examles:  writing definition/key terms, reading book chapters, etc.).  But the most important thing you can do is get a good nights sleep, DO NOT stay up all night cramming. 

Good luck on your finals...I will be thinking of you as I chill and wait for my A's to roll in!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Graduate School

What's On My Mind Today:  I am looking into graduate school programs and I am so perplexed.  I love Cleveland State University but they don't have a masters program in journalism. 

Now, I am looking for a grad school with an online journalism program that is also accredited.  My top two are University of Missouri and Boston University.  Grad school is gonna break the bank at an average cost of $35,000-$45,000.  The advantage of to BU is I won't initially have to take the GRE.  But there online program is still in the works, but scheduled to begin in Fall 2011...which is when I want to start.  So, BU is hedging a head.

Then the next issue is paying for it.  While you can get still get a pell grant for grad school, how much more will I have to find?

Then there is also the fact I could delay my masters in journalism and do my MFA in English at CSU.  I could probably get a graduate assistantship which could eliminate the majority of expenses but I don't think I want to do my MFA first.  The issue with CSU's MFA program is its a consortium between 4 schools (CSU, Kent State University, Akron University and Youngstown State University) which may mean taking classes at those other schools.  AU and KSU are only about 45 minutes away but YSU is much farther and with the weather in Ohio those drives are not viable to me! 

I want to follow my journalism first.  We have always wanted tomove out of state to a warmer climate and that has been postponed while I finish my bachelors.  If my husband can get a job, earning my degree online will not matter.  I would have the flexibility I need to move without interrupting my studies or being separated until I could transfer. 

At the same time, I know I could probably get a graduate assistantship in other places to defer some of the expenses of grad schoo but without a job for my husband there, how will we survive? 

Of course, I am doing scholarships and grants but they are far and in between for grad school.  So, I am looking for suggestions and ideas.

Sunday, October 24, 2010


What's On My Mind Today:  Depending on your age, you may have fond memories of going to visit grandma or other relatives out-of-town.  Those were the best trips; driving past the 18 wheelers mimicking the pulling of the horn and cheering wildly when they did pull the horn.  Or did your family name all the out-of-state license plates? 

Whatever the game those times are gone.  Roadtrips are almost like being at home.  You have your tv, dvd player, wireless headphones for the kids, or the P3 or Xbox is plugged up.  We used to interact with our parents but not so much any more. 

Gas was cheaper, stopping at a restaurant on the journey was a treat but not anymore.  Times change but was it for the better?  I wish I could keep some of the novelty of those times with the use of GPS! 

Tell me your favorite roadtrip story!!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Web site: www.CaringBridge.org

What's on My Mind Today:  In an earlier post I told you about a family friend who is battling a serious illness, but what I failed to mention is the way this family is keeping all of us informed of what is going on.  They are using a Web site called Caring Bridge (http://www.caringbridge.org/).  It's a free Web site which offers free Web sites for families experiencing cancer, premature birth, injury or other significant health challenges so they can stay connected to family and friends.

It has been a truly wonderful experience to follow my friend's son's journey without having to call her.  The Web site allows her to post what is happening for everyone, friends and family all over the world.  This allows us to stay connected and with one post she has notified everyone all at once.  This saves her time and money.  She is able to keep us in the loop but most importantly she is able to be there for her family, which is the most important thing right now without having to call everyone, text or answer a gazillion emails!

Whenever she posts anything, an email is sent to me.  Text notifications are also available. 

Please let anyone who may be going through a serious illness about Caring Bridge and the services they provide or if you would like to find out more about becoming a donor to continue this free service, please visit the Web site.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Many Labors of Love

What's On My Mind Today:  My son and his girlfriend blessed our family with a beautiful 6 pound, 19.5 inch son yesterday. 

The title comes from the fact I labored 22 1/2 years ago to bring my son into the world and yesterday, I helped bring my grandson into the world.  I am just so grateful God allowed me the opportunity to take part.

But even after our children arrive, that was just the first of "many labors of love!" I remember teething & potty-training, helping my children learn to read, when my son was little we were back and forth to the hospital, when I was pregnant with my daughter I made multiple trips to the hospital to have a healthy baby, when my son broke his arm, when my daughter left for college, but none of it matters because of the love I carry in my heart for them. 

Labor has many definitions, but I love this one, "a productive activity."  In all the labors of love, they are productive activities!

So, I wish my children well as they continue their labor of love with their son!  I am so very proud of you both for creating such a perfect and precious baby boy!  I saw the dedication in both of you faces as you labored to bring him here, but I saw the pact to continue that labor of love in your eyes as you looked into your son's eyes for the first time.  Congratulations!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Columbus Day-Not a Day of Celebration!!!

What's On My Mind TodayHave you seen the Frosted Mini Wheats commercial with the cute, little, smiling, African-American boy who says, "Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue, in 14hundred 92."  The commercial is VERY disturbing to me when Columbus was single handed responsible the beginnings of slavery for his own personal gain.  His journals and diaries comment on the kindness bestowed upon him by the Africans and Indians he encountered before he enslaved them.  Documentation where he participated in raping female slaves for his own pleasure because they were DIFFERENT from himself.  Yet we recognize him for his ACCIDENTAL discovery. 

A professor of mine said "Celebrating Columbus day is like honoring Hitler."  Until I took his class I thought it was just as simple as the Mini Wheats commercial states it...but its not.  He had a hand in putting millions of  people into slavery, stealing the land from the Native Americans and even wiping out an entire tribe of Native Americans.  YET WE HONOR HIM. 

We are openly outraged at the Holocaust, and rightly so, but no one cares about the autrocities suffered by the ancestors of African and Native Americans.  WHY NOT?

History for both groups of people has been marred with unfair exchanges...Indian Reservations were locations to hoard the Native Americans like cattle when they were the true and rightful owners of the continent we call home, North America.  Or the 40 acres and a mule offered to slaves...

You can enjoy the day off, but take a few moments to check out the "real" Christopher Columbus.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Homecoming Weekend, Pretty Much the Same

What's on My Mind Today:  The tradition of homecoming has remained relatively the same with the football game on Friday and dance on Saturday.  It is good to see that some things don't change.  While the dresses, shoes, hair and make-up for the young ladies has definitely changed.  The dresses are shorter, the hair is enhanced with highlights and "weave", and the make-up is sometimes too much!  The attire for the boys see-saws between the traditional "monkey" suit and tie to dress down jeans and tennis shoes.  And again while things change others remain the same with corsages for the young ladies. 

It is nice to see the simple concept of homecoming hasn't changed.  I hope everyone's team won, and everyone has a safe and enjoyable evening out!  No drinking & driving, no drugs and be on time!


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Domestic Violence Center of Cleveland

What's On My Mind TodayTomorrow kicks off Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the student organization I belong to, Association for Women in Communications (AWC), has chosen them as our project for the semester.  In recognition, we are wearing purple, the color of the DVC for the entire month.  Join us and show your support by wearing purple as often as you can during October. 

From the DVC Web Site:  Domestic violence occurs in homes throughout every community. It knows no color, gender, age or socioeconomic status. The abuse can be physical, mental, sexual or emotional. And as a victim of domestic violence, you may feel like there's nowhere to turn. But there's hope.

For over 30 years in the Greater Cleveland area, The Domestic Violence Center has been dedicated to ending abuse and providing compassionate treatment for its victims.  If you are a family member or friend of a domestic violence victim and would like support, we encourage you to call our 24 Hour HELPLine at 216.391.HELP. The DVC Web site is http://www.domesticviolencecenter.org/.

This semester we are trying to locate sponsors and donors to help us, help DVC.  If you are interested in sponsoringship or for more information, please email us at:  csuawc@gmail.com.    

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Facebook, Friends & Safety

What's On My Mind Today:  I must say I really do not like Facebook...but I have become accustomed to using it.  I originally set up my acct for a class and then I located a lot of my friends from high school and former jobs.  That is especially important to me since our high school, Regina High School, just closed in June 2010.  I am glad to have a way to stay in touch.  Also, it is a wonderful way to stay in touch with friends and family who live in other states or countries. 

FB is also used for several organizations and groups I belong to which is fine but it is not easy to stop the gazillion email notifications.  I have finally managed to stop them, but still! 

My biggest concern is SAFETY:  I am very concerned about people who post everywhere they are going...minute by minute.  Stalkers don't have to risk being caught following you because you told them where your going so they can either beat you there or get there shortly after you arrive. 

For this reason, Ladies, be careful who you 'FRIEND' because unless you know these people you have no idea what someone's true agenda is. 

Also, consider making your page private to limit who can see you and your daily activities.  Another thing to consider...Potential employers/current employers and co-workers may check on your page.  If you have risqué photos or hung over ones...consider that! 

Saturday, September 25, 2010


What's On My Mind Today:   It is my nemesis...I am in a creative writing class and we have to create a portfolio w/ 80-100 lines of poetry.  I just don't get it.  I am in also in an upper level English class and we are reading Emily Dickinson...JUST DON'T GET IT.  Not knocking it...please don't get me wrong.  But what is so damn creative about being illusive?  I get the concrete images telling a story as oppose to the abstract ones.  Its like those artist who splash colors on a canvas and its art.  I re-duplicate it, its trash. 

We have been reading all these authors, some perverse, some seeming mentally off-all accomplished poets...anthologized in literature books and I still for the life of me, CANNOT figure it out. 

So, needless to say, I HATE POETRY.  I am trying to at least respect the authors skills but its not coming easily AT ALL.  So, with everything I have read, I haven't found anything I like.  I like the free verse but no real topics spring to mind.  I have about 40+ lines to still complete. 

My prof throws out 3 words and 3 phrases to as warm ups...send my 3 words and/or phrases and lets see if they spark a poem.  If it does...I will post it, for anyone to creatique. 

Friday, September 24, 2010

Recession & Temporary Positions

What's On My Mind Today:  I have worked for a company for almost 16 months as a temporay employee.  The concept is to save the employer money, I realize that, but so many people have left to get the security and benefits they deserve.  When will they understand that paying to train people instead of keeping good employees is the way to save money.  We have rotating door with people leaving.  Several have moved to other departments within the company to become full time employees.  Because of the work of my co-workers and myself, the voices of the company, are representing them and making them money everyday they choose not to share with us.  Recessions and lay-offs are awful, but if companies managed themselves appropriately in the first place laying off the people who do the work would not happen.  Example:  Banks:  They needed a bail out, but the upper management still get big bonuses while the little man doing the work has to get unemployment which is almost not enough to live on.  They made bad financial decisions, get help and a raise, GO FIGURE.  Jobs are coming back but the trend is just what my company is doing, at the expense of worthy employees, sorry to say.  I can't wait for the day when the business world is back on solid footing and can give employees the security they deserve and need. 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Living Despite the Odds

What's On My Mind Today:  A young man, currently 19, who I knew quite well as a child member of my church home, Grace Missionary Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio recently underwent a bone marrow transplant and is battling his way back.  As of today, God is blessing him with much success despite the odds.  But I want to talk about not only his remarkable courage and faith but that of his entire family, not that their experience is any different than any other family under-going the same treatment.  But I feel since I know them, I can speak on their experience a little better.

This is an extraordinary family, full of faith in God and His ability to restore their son, brother, and family.  The family has made many sacrifices to get the best care including moving to Tennessee near the hospital for him to get the best possible care.  His brothers both tested to be a donor and his youngest brother was a 100% match.  As a young teen, he under youngest brother went through the painful procedure to help his older brother.  Their middle brother helped the younger and older brothers recooperate and continues to do so with his older brother.  The mother is just an EXTRAORDINARY wife, mother, and friend, not only because she is my sister in Christ, but because it is true.  The father, is OUTSTANDING in providing spiritually, financially and anyway he can for his family.  In support of his eldest son, he shaved his head bald. 

I know we all do what we have to in times of crisis, but this is a family that has and continues to help others while they go through this.  They have a blog, us family and friends, can use to send messages of love, prayers, and support but to keep us up to date. 

I want them to know, that I am praying DAILY and how proud I am to know them!  Even though I have mentioned no names, please pray for my friends! 

I am inspired by them and wanted everyone who may find this blog to know it!!!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


As I mentioned the other day I am too busy to do much of anything but I will NOT give up my one passion, BOOKS.  The majority of what I read is fiction.  When I am not in school I usually read 2-3 hard cover books and listen to another 2-4 a week.  But now that classes are in session, I have to scale that back A LOT being forced to read multiple textbooks and literary works of art in lieu of my romance, suspense, mystery, and psycholigical thrillers. 

I have the solution...PLAYAWAYS.  They are individual books on a MP3!  Most library's provide you with a set of inexpensive headphones, and a battery.  I find my time walking between classes, lost in the adventures of the author I am plugged into. 

When I first started listening to audiobooks, sometimes they were recorded in abridged version, not sure why anyone would care to listen to only part of the author's book but these are the complete book.  When I am holding the book, I allow myself to build the environment.  I still do with the assistance of the professionals reading the books. 

For you newbies, who want to experience listening to a book.  Get any book by Sue Grafton...they are available on cassette (but not for too much longer), cd, Playaway, and downloadable to your own MP3.  They are read by Judy Kaye, Broadway actress, and she gets you so involved in the action. 

Take a listen...I just completed Heart of Fire by Linda Howard, one of my favorite authors.

I don't care how you read, but just don't ever stop reading.

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Cleveland Stater

As you all know I am a journalism major and this week I have an article coming out about U. S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's visit to Cleveland State University and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law...Not to let too much out but she is one classy, educated, empathetic woman.  It was an awe inspiring experience just to be in her presence.  Take a look at the article on Thursday at  http://www.csuohio.edu/class/com/clevelandstater/index.html!  But as a newspaper is a team effort please take a few moments to read the other stories from my by fellow reporters.  Thank you for your support...you can follow us on FB also. 

The Cleveland Stater is produced in COM426 - Laboratory Newspaper I and COM 427 - Laboratory Newspaper II. Students are involved in all aspects of the newspaper's production including reporting, editing, photography, layout, design, advertising sales and distribution.  If you have an event coming up and would like to purchase an ad, here is how to reach us:

Mailing Address: 
School of Communication
Cleveland State University
2001 Euclid Avenue, MU 248
Cleveland, OH 44115

PHONE:  (216) 687-5094
FAX:  (216) 687-5588

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Too Busy For Words....

What's On My Mind Today:  Life is just so busy...Full-time college student with a gazillion assignments, working, family.  WOW.  There is not enough time in the day and no schedule can accommodate everything I need to do.  God, just let me keep on putting one foot in front of the other to keep on making it through.  So, let me get off still have a few chapters to read before tomorrow and an article to finalize...until tomorrow.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Asian Carp

As a writer, journalist and creative writer, I write all the time.  I will be honest, while I ALWAYS have something to say, I never thought of using a blog  until recently.  I know you want to know why...well, it's part of my mandatory grade!  Enough said...

What's On My Mind Today:  Federal Court Hearing on Asian Carp Exposes Doubts About Current Efforts to Block Migration to Great Lakes. 

Not sure if you are even aware of the severe threat the Asian Carp could possibly have on the Great Lakes, but specifically Lake Erie where I fish as much as I can.  In an article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer earlier this year, said that this predator could have demolished the fishing in Ohio and by 2020 make the Put-In-Bay area a ghost town.  SCARY. 

In recent weeks everyone is paying attention.  A month ago this video was posted in Indiana, click link to watch video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfG4vsJ5_xI

"We believe that expert testimony from both sides of the argument has demonstrated that none of the strategies applied so far has ended or will end the threat posed to the Great Lakes by these fish," Cordray said. "The best scientific research and testing show that the threat of Asian carp is real and imminent, and the damage will be irreversible and potentially catastrophic if they are allowed to reach the Great Lakes. The only solution that we know will prevent this is to physically separate the Chicago-area waterways from the Great Lakes. We are pursuing that goal by all available means, including the courts, the Congress, and the Administration." 

This is good news but I fear it is already to late.  Indiana is our neighbor and while the gentlemen taping the video found it funny...I don't!  They multiply in such rapid numbers they will take up and kill off the Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, White Bass, Steelhead Trout and other fish Ohioans love to catch as and eat.