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Good day. I’m always pleased to have a few moments to sit down with you, pour out a fresh, hot coffee or tea and trade some thoughts, victories, challenges or simple updates.
Today, we are posting our first coffee share with the help of Natalie of the blog; ie @ Natalie the Explorer . I recommend clicking on her link, reading her post, then finding and clicking on her [ Follow ] button. Next week – I hope to find you connected to the new and ongoing coffee share with Natalie hosting.
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Next: We are officially past both Christmas and New Years days (and I do hope you had a wonderful time and remain healthy and loving life) but it’s time to return some attention to the idea of conducting our live coffee share via zoom web conference. I’m still looking forward to working with Beaton to stand up a 60 some-odd minute web meeting where the only objective is to get to know each other a bit better.
I have a big project the week of Jan. 19 so my attention to planning our Global Coffee Share Zoom meeting will be limited until after that, but I can offer this progress on the grand plan.
Possible dates? Let me off for consideration, Friday and Saturday of:
- Jan. 29 & 30
- Feb. 5 & 6
- Feb 12 & 13
Here’s the timing chart again to remind you of what we’re thinking will be best. By this measure, Singapore took the worse hit for the early morning jolt. Recall that I tried to find a time that kept no one from bed between their midnight and 6am. and we may have to be extra lively to make sure we don’t sooth Zimbabwe or Sweden to a premature snore.
No one yet has objected to the day of the week proposed so I added it to the chart realizing that we need to pray or hope that a certain 1.5 year old little girl finds it suitable to sleep in on this Saturday morning.
Please take a look at the attendees. I think I have it right, but please make sure you show up if you’re planning on joining us and correct me if I’ve mangled things somehow. Did I get your time zone correct?
Then what will we talk about? My sense is that those who have weighed in agree that having a simple list of questions for everyone to chose from to answer as if you were being interviewed for about 5 minutes would be best. Beaton and I will likely take turns introducing you simply by your name (if we know it) and your blog name. So, does the following look attractive to you? Feel free to make suggestions.
- Your name and home country (town or city as desired)
- Quick status: Student, Parent, Spouse, Employed, etc.
- What is your artistic passion?
- Why do you blog?
- Do you have a favorite blog you follow?
- What makes someone else’s blog valuable to you?
- What one item from your blog would you like everyone to see or read?
- What about your blogging is a challenge that you would like to solve?
- What do you hope to accomplish in 2021?
- What questions should be added for consideration?
What about some time for Q&A? Depending on the number of folks who join, we may not have time for both everyone to have 5 minutes of time to answer some questions and Q&A, but let’s play this by ear. Maybe we could do a Q&A round by a single blog post that we all would share and interact with after the web conference?
For many of us, this past week was the first back to work after the Christmas & New Year break and we start off with a new year in our laps. 2021 can almost hot help but be better than 2020, but I’m hopeful that people not pandemics, make this choice. I’m hopeful that many are tired of being agents of stress and are ready to work for peace.
I don’t hold out much hope for the US as I can’t recall a time when we were more divided, but I do have some and hope what I and others like me do have is sufficient to make a better year.
Again, I want to thank Natalie for stepping up to continue our tradition of spending some time together each weekend to write and share what’s going on. This has been one of the best things about blogging for me. I’ve learned lots and met some folks I’ll never forget.
With this virtual cup of coffee then, I offer this final toast? [ lifts his cup ] Here’s to a great and better new year of writing and sharing.