Posts by AllynBeekman 40
December 19, 2014
It all started almost three years ago. My daughter, who was 33 years old at the time, went into her doctor to be tested to try to find out why she was unable to bear children. She had already suffered through four miscarriages. During the testing, the doctor discovered a lump in her breast. It turned out to be malignant. Breast cancer - on top of not being able to have children. That was not a good day. We are very thankful, however, that the cancer was caught very early on and that it was not
Yesterday was a beautiful day in Houston. Mid-70s temperature, nice breeze - a great day to rake up some of the leaves that seem to be falling late this year. I spent several hours working with my son and my three grandsons (7, 6, and 3). In that timeframe, we raked, picked up, and dumped the leaves from one section of the front yard. The amount we completed was probably about 1/10 of the total yard. After we finished and I had time to relax, I started realizing that there were a number of simi
A couple weeks ago I posted a note about the mental difficulties that math students (and people in general) cause for themselves (see Yesterday, I had a small victory helping a particular student. The young lady I am speaking of is currently taking the lowest-level developmental math course at the community college where I tutor. She needs to finish this course plus another next-level course
December 02, 2014
I was reading the introduction to a math textbook yesterday and was very surprised to find the following quote from Goethe's Faust. You may have heard this many times before but it's a great reminder about our commitment to our business: "Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one defi
November 30, 2014
I am finishing up Course 4 Lesson 7, Google Authorship on WA, and one task is to give a status update. So, here I go! This past month has been filled with developing and adding new content on a regular basis, learning and adding Adsense ads to my site and, to a much greater extent, learning about how to interact with social media. Course 4 focuses on social media, so Kyle's training has been a key part of my learning curve. I have been studying and developing strategies for working with: - Face
November 27, 2014
Today was a day for family and friends. We took a long walk on a beautiful, cool day. I played kickball with my grandsons and crawled around a bit with my 1-year old granddaughter. Then, late this afternoon we had a delicious dinner together, including a fantastic couple who are Julianna's godparents. It was a nice, stress-free day, a day when we could just be thankful for all the blessings that God has bestowed on our family. Missing from our day were our daughter and son-in-law, who live in C
If you've read my profile, you might remember I'm a person who loves numbers. My bachelor's degree was in applied mathematics. When I graduated from college, the computer industry was hiring math majors as programmers (this was back in the computer stone age). So, for the next 41 years I never used the math I studied and enjoyed in college. You may also have seen in my previous posts that, in my semi-retirement mode, I now have the privilege of serving as a math tutor at a local community colle
Back in June my son and daughter-in-law decided to start our three grandsons in Tang Soo Do, a form of karate that originated in Korea. At the time, there was a summer special going on that allowed dads (or grandpas) to participate for free for a couple months, so my son and I joined in, as did my daughter-in-law. When summer ended, we all agreed that it was a great family activity. The 3-year old is in a class with younger kids. They are cute as can be, not quite knowing right from left yet. B
Wow! I have finally finished Course 3 of the training. I have wrestled mightily to work through these past 10 lessons. When I got to the lessons about adding affiliate links I did not have enough content on my site, so I spent a couple weeks researching and adding a few new posts. Then I started pursuing a number of affiliate programs. Almost every sport-related affiliate program belonged to a network, which meant I had a hard time finding an independent affiliate program. I finally was accepte
November 08, 2014
"Got grit?" has apparently become one of the latest buzz phrases in education. Don't laugh yet ... there is something very important in this phrase for all of us. What is Grit? Grit, as defined by experts, means persistence, resilience and determination. Those are things that we need to succeed in this business, right? Much of this started with a book by Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck. Her book was titled Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. It discusses how we can learn to ful