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Where have all my old friends gone? Day 22
Sunday, May 29, 2016      2 comments

The Spark World and my gym have several things in common. As I analyze and synthesize what I've learned during this project I've noticed several similarities. Some people are regulars in the fitness classes - something for everyone. So... Read more
Where have all my old friends gone? Day 21
Saturday, May 28, 2016      17 comments

Three weeks along in this project and the finish line is in sight. I expected it to take much longer checking out 10 old friends per day, but I doubled that early on. It was like bumping into old friends on the street and catching up. I even m... Read more
Where have all my old friends gone? Day 20
Friday, May 27, 2016      20 comments

"It was the best of times. It was the worst of times." For Sparkers either can be true. Sometimes sequentially and occasionally at the same time. Congrats to Watermellen who identified my last literary reference. Along with the basi... Read more
Where have all my old friends gone? Day 19
Thursday, May 26, 2016      15 comments

"In Times of Change, Learners Inherit the Earth while the Learned are Perfectly Prepared for a World that No Longer Exists" That was one of the quotations displayed prominently in the front of my classroom. It's also the title of my person... Read more
Where have all my old friends gone? Day 18
Wednesday, May 25, 2016      18 comments

"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way" Anyone get my reference? Yes, even Math majors read the classics. In the context of my project, substitute "sparkers" for "families" I'm looking at unhappy ... Read more
Where have all my old friends gone? Day 17
Tuesday, May 24, 2016      17 comments

"It's not our old Brooklyn anymore" That's what an old friend told me 2 years ago when I was planning to attend my 50th high school reunion. It's also the comment I got from a spark friend about this community as she returned after a long brea... Read more
Where have all my old friends gone? Day 16
Monday, May 23, 2016      16 comments

Hopefulness and Discouragement - Our attitude makes a difference in our ability to stick with a plan. That's the reason for all those inspirational quotes on spark pages. I believe they help, but it's not enough just to say it. We have to rea... Read more
Where have all my old friends gone? Day 15
Sunday, May 22, 2016      15 comments

"Let the Haters Be Your Motivation" - Persistence and Resilience Yesterday we attended the HS graduation of grandson #3. He is class valedictorian and made a speech at the ceremony. He's known as "Math Guy" since he enrolled in Calculus a... Read more
Where have all my old friends gone? Day 14
Saturday, May 21, 2016      19 comments

Today's group of 20 friends deserves a gold star from Spark. 18 are still active. That's a remarkable 90% I didn't have to remind myself of who they are because they are active here regularly and I "see" them here all the time even if ... Read more
Where have all my old friends gone? Day 13
Friday, May 20, 2016      12 comments

Suddenly, recognizing old friends became a bit more difficult. Heck, when I logged in on Wednesday for my 654th consecutive day, I hardly recognized myself. My profile picture, where I proudly display my Spark T-Shirt, was a tiny little "post... Read more
Where have all my old friends gone? Day 12
Thursday, May 19, 2016      28 comments

"My live-in BF calls me fat chick" - That was one line of the last blog of an old spark friend. It was no surprise then that she became inactive before reaching her goal. The blog didn't say she was leaving, so that wasn't her intention at the... Read more
Where have all my old friends gone? Day 11
Wednesday, May 18, 2016      18 comments

The law of unintended consequences is usually invoked when describing an unexpected outcome of a project. My original goal was to check in on old friends, reconnect with those still active and maybe discover why others had disappeared. ... Read more
Where have all my old friends gone? Day 10
Tuesday, May 17, 2016      13 comments

Each day of this project a new question pops into my head. Of course, I still want to know the results - active vs inactive/missing, but today I was wondering about the "old timers." Some sparkers have been here longer than I have and I co... Read more
Where have all my old friends gone? Day 9
Monday, May 16, 2016      19 comments

DH calls my spark friends my "imaginary friends." I envy those who are able to meet in real life after sharing experiences online. So far in real life I've meet exactly ONE spark friend (Teri-rific) when we realized we would both be participat... Read more
Where have all my old friends gone? Day 8
Sunday, May 15, 2016      19 comments

Each day I look forward to this project. I'm glad I have the time to do it. I'm retired so there is no boss (principal or superintendent in my case) to demand something be done immediately if not sooner. I was a math/computer science teacher ... Read more

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