Notes from My Life

So, as I described in my first announcement, I like the format of this page, but I've struggled with the best way to use it.  I've decided to use it as a mini-log of my life.  They won't be in-depth journal entries (this is a public page, after all!), but more a place to make quick notes about my life.


posted Jan 7, 2013, 6:28 PM by Jeremy Poehnert   [ updated Jan 9, 2013, 6:03 PM ]


Today I am grateful for...

Blair, one of our amazing student staff. She came in today, despite it being her break, and her having a lots of other things to do this week. She came in to help us catch up on timesheets. We are so lucky to have her working on the program.

Being warm on the train - The train got stuck on the way in, which was annoying, but at least I got a seat, and got to wait on the train. Everyone after the Lowell stop had to spend 30+ minutes waiting outside in the cold, and got stuck standing in a packed train. I got to wait in the warm train, sit down, and the conductor opened the door nearest to me so I could get off at West Medford.

The How of Happiness -- I saw it featured in a documentary, and got the audiobook, which I've been listening to, and the hardcopy version arrived today. I find it very inspiring, with lots of great ideas.


Today I am grateful for...

KD (name withheld for anonymity) treating me with such courtesy and respect when she called today.

Karl always being so supportive.

Kate being so good at her job, which has made mine much easier!


posted Dec 27, 2010, 2:30 PM by Jeremy Poehnert   [ updated Dec 27, 2010, 2:36 PM ]

I'm on vacation!  Yay!  I was really ready for a break, so this is great.

I spent Thursday at campus, meeting with a faculty member, and trying to get ready for the next semester...which I'm a bit nervous about, but also hopeful, depending on the moment!

On Friday I went to the Aquarium, and it was great.  I wanted to go before Christmas, because school is out from Christmas to January 3, and families flock to the aquarium with the kids.  It's fun to see families there, but it can also get a bit hectic.

The talk for the Top of the Giant Ocean tank was really interesting.  I also got to ask about the cuttlefish and some crustaceans.  All of the youth staff were really nice, and I learned a number of interesting things.

I took Christmas off and just relaxed.  On the 26th I ended up talking to my mom for three hours, which was nice since we hadn't caught up for awhile.  I also cleaned out my email.

Today I did my reflective practice and some creativity, and I'm going to do some cleaning next, which is good.

I had planned to go to the Zoo today, but we got hit by a blizzard yesterday, and there were weather warnings through today, so I decided to stay home.  I'll have to figure out what day I want to go...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

posted Nov 4, 2010, 4:56 PM by Jeremy Poehnert   [ updated Nov 4, 2010, 5:07 PM ]

Let's about some general updates from the week?

On Tuesday I had lunch with Beth, who I worked with at my previous job, and who also happens to be working at my current institution.

It was nice to catch up with her.  She is very thoughtful and extremely dedicated to community work.  I always appreciate hearing her perspective on working with college students and her approach to building a program.

On Tuesday I also did a class presentation.  It was a work-in-progress presentation about my class project.The presentation seemed to go well; now I just have to actually finish the project!

Today the weather forecast was a 100% chance of rain, which found entertaining. How often are they ever 100% sure of the weather?

The office was really quiet today.  I had work to do, and was fairly productive, but most of the day it was just KC and I in the office, and we had a chance to check in and debrief about a variety of projects, which was nice.  In the afternoon I met with Rick, one of the VISTAs.  We're working on a story project, and I think we made some progress.

On a very minor note, I love the socks Melissa gave me for my birthday!

Alright, that's a pretty random assortment of notes, but it's kind of fun just to dump the events from the week onto the page!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

posted Nov 4, 2010, 4:37 PM by Jeremy Poehnert   [ updated Nov 4, 2010, 5:07 PM ]

Happy Wednesday!

The big news today is the election yesterday.  The Republicans won the House, but the Democrats held onto the Senate.

Not a surprise.  The general consensus going into the election was that the Republicans would win the house.  Whether or not they would win the Senate was up in the air.

The impact/importance of the Tea Party in the whole election depends on who was commenting.  Tea Party folks that won were excited and described it as "taking back America."  But other observers pointed out that some of the more, let's call them "fringe," Tea Party candidates lost in races that more conventional Republican candidates might have won.

According to those familiar with political trends it's fairly common for the party not in the White House to make headway in midterm elections, especially during times of general discontent, a trend even more likely to happen when one party, in this case the Democrats, has been in control of both houses of Congress and the White House.  The electorate, frustrated with whatever is ailing the country, wants to "send a message," and does so by withholding support from the party in power and/or supporting the opposing party.

So we'll see what happens next.  Some commentators mentioned that sometimes it's easier to get things done when the power is more evenly distributed between the party's.  Both sides know they have to compromise to get anything done.

That's the hope, anyway.  Otherwise it will just be gridlock.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

posted Oct 31, 2010, 12:19 PM by Jeremy Poehnert   [ updated Oct 31, 2010, 12:29 PM ]

Happy Halloween!

I'm not doing anything in particular to celebrate Halloween, but it's worth noting, anyway.

Let's see, what do I want to list?

In current events, yesterday the Daily Show had their Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in DC.  I haven't seen any of the coverage yet, but it should be interesting.  I don't watch the actual show (I don't have a TV), but I watch clips online, and I'm constantly struck by the witty insights of the show.  I really appreciate their idea for a "million moderates march," so I hope it went well.

More seriously, there's been a serious Cholera outbreak in Haiti, largely because of the unhealthy living conditions after the earthquake earlier this year.  I can't imagine what it's like to live through so many desperate situations.

On another Haiti note, I heard a fascinating podcast about an organization that was trying to help Haiti, and other places recovering from disasters, preserve their cultural heritage by recovering and protecting cultural artwork.  While it might not be as immediate as saving lives, I really appreciate the idea of help preserve a groups culture.  In the long run preserving history and culture means a lot to individuals and society as a whole.

This weekend I've been trying to catch up on homeowork and get more organized in general.  It's an uphill battle, but I'm making progress.

On Thursday night we had a great meeting for the Reflective Practice class, with Jeremy (the instructor), Scott (the other student), and I.  It's such a great class, and really pushes me to develop both personally and professionally. 

Thursday October 28, 2010

posted Oct 28, 2010, 1:33 AM by Jeremy Poehnert   [ updated Oct 28, 2010, 1:47 AM ]

This is my first entry in five months!  After an extended hiatus I'm trying to get back into my creative/reflective cycle.  It's a struggle to change my habits, but I'll keep trying!

So a quick update.  I started a new job on September 1 - yay!  I can't believe it's already been two months.

I'm also taking two graduate classes, Reflective Practice and Action Research.  I'm trying to use both to reflect on my recent life experiences, and think about what I should focus on moving forward.

I've had a hard time refocusing my energy, as I transition from the stress and anxiety of this past summer to what feels like a new stage in my life.  But I'm lucky to have supportive relationships at work and to be in the CCT program, which is a great encouragement.

I'm still in a financial hole from being unemployed, but I'm slowwwwly making some progress.  I started using this website called to track my finances, which is really helpful.

This week is the first time I've really felt open to reflection and creativity in a while, which is a nice feeling.  Now I need to focus on really making it an integral part of my life.

I've actually made that a focus of my two classes this semester.  I picked projects that I thought would push me to be more reflective, to really become a reflective practitioner.  I want to take advantage of the opportunities offered by CCT to develop skills and attitudes I'll really apply to my life.

What else?  I just turned 35!  Woo!  In general it was nice and low key.  Melissa took me to Old Sturbridge Village, which was awesome.  It was their harvest weekend, so they focused on how people historically harvested and preserved food for the winter.  They had to store different vegetable in different ways, depending on their specific characteristics.  Apples in barrels, potatoes in bins, beans would be dried, carrots stored in sand, gourds under the bed (you can't let them freeze).  We also got to see Harvey the ox make cider.  It was the first fun outing I had done in a while, and it was great.

There you go...a very quick recap of recent events.  My intention is to start doing regular entries again, and capturing more of the day-to-day flavor of my life, but this is a nice re-start.

Friday, May 28, 2010

posted May 28, 2010, 10:20 AM by Jeremy Poehnert   [ updated May 28, 2010, 11:18 AM ]

Wow, it has been a loooong time since I have done a mini-journal.  Well, the summer has started, academics have calmed down (although they're not over), and I want to get back to the creativity/reflection I've been neglecting.

This week I started working full-time for the summer, which has been great.  I actually prefer a regular 9-5 schedule to working part-time and doing classes part-time.  I think the routine works well for me.  I feel like I can get more done, and dive deeper into projects.

Yesterday I led a few activities at a retreat.  It was really nice.  We went to a beautiful retreat center, and the group was very engaged and very reflective.  I enjoy the chance to lead those kinds of sessions.

Next week I'm doing a workshop on assessment for another group.  I'm excited about that as well.  I've been doing research about assessment, so I think I have some good material to share.  I'm always a little nervous the first time I lead a new workshop, but it should be interesting...

Thursday, February 4, 2010

posted Feb 4, 2010, 4:54 PM by Jeremy Poehnert   [ updated Feb 4, 2010, 5:01 PM ]

The week is almost over!  Another week, here and gone.

Things have felt hectic.  My hours at work have been busy with various projects, and school work is already humming along.  Not to mention all the general life things I should be taking care of.

I haven't really been following the news this week, and I'm behind on my personal goals (like this journal).  No surprise, it will be hard for me to keep up with everything once the semester starts...

Right now I'm at my work office.  I finished the project I was doing, and was ready to go, but realized I had already missed the train.  So I "clocked" off and decided to take care of a few other things while I waited to leave for the train.

One good thing; I've been doing a lot of writing on the train this week.  In the past I've found it difficult to write on the train, but this week it has really flowed.  I've written almost 30 journal pages, which is great.

Monday, February 1, 2010

posted Feb 1, 2010, 12:54 PM by Jeremy Poehnert   [ updated Feb 1, 2010, 1:00 PM ]

Wow, I haven't done an entry since last Tuesday.  As ever, now that school has started it's hard for me to keep up with things.

I signed out of work, but I have a couple minutes before I leave, so I thought I'd post something; I don't like not keeping up to date on the site.

Tonight is the first CCT community forum, our monthly series of discussions/events.  They're always interesting, although it's hard for me to stay up late two nights in a row (today - Monday, and tomorrow - Tuesday for class).  I'm too old for this late night life!

But I always enjoy the events, and usually leave inspired.

In addition to going just in general, I'm also going as part of the Reflective Practice Class.  This semester the course is small; three people.  But I look forward to the discussion and reflection.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

posted Jan 26, 2010, 11:37 AM by Jeremy Poehnert   [ updated Jan 26, 2010, 12:02 PM ]

Today is the first day of class!  As ever, I'm both nervous and excited.  Excited because I like my classes, and I think the ones I'm taking this semester will be especially good, but definitely nervous.  I'm always nervous about class, and whether or not it will go well...

I have about half my books.  The rest should arrive by the end of the week.  I put off ordering them as long as possible, because money is tight.  But I didn't want to start behind.

My classes tonight are Critical Thinking and what I call Research Practices or CCT 692 (the full name is long, and I can never remember it).  Both look very interesting and unique; both seem unique, even by CCT standards.  So I'm curious to see what happens.

I'm also in Reflective Practice, which I also took last semester (you can take it up to three times).  I loved it last semester, and am excited to take it again.  I know they were planning to change it up a bit, so it will be interesting to see how it runs this semester.

I think there will be a lot of students I know in all three classes (CCT tends to have an un-official cohort going on), so it will be fun the see folks again.  All the CCT students are really interesting,and have a lot to contribute to class.

The other exciting thing about this semester is that I should start work on my synthesis (final project) for the program.  For 692 we can make our final project a lead in to our synthesis paper.  I have an idea in mind, and I'm really excited to start working on it.  I'll write more about it here later, but I think it will be really interesting, and builds on ideas I've been thinking about for years.

Anyway, here's hoping it goes well!

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