pro·fes·sion·al (pre-fèsh´e-nel) Abbr. prof.
- Of, relating to, engaged in, or suitable for a profession: a professional field such as law; professional training.
- Engaging in a given activity as a source of livelihood or as a career: amateur and professional actors.
- A person following a profession, especially a learned profession.
- A skilled practitioner; an expert. Continue reading
I don’t watch the news at night
Unless I want to get depressed
Murder and mayhem at bedtime
Interfere with peaceful rest
Except for sports and weather
I don’t think I miss too much
And if war breaks out somewhere
NPR will keep in touch Continue reading
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tech·ni·cal (tèk´nî-kel) adjective
- Of, relating to, or derived from technique.
- a.) Having special skill or practical knowledge especially in a mechanical or scientific field: a technical adviser. b.) Used in or peculiar to a specific field or profession; specialized: technical terminology. Continue reading
Between April 21 when I wrote, “I am plugging in the last piece of the puzzle. Whoopee!” and today, May 6, two weeks have gone up in a puff of smoke. Plugging in the movies sounded so important and huge two weeks ago; I really thought I was just about finished. Not quite.
What else could possibly be left to do? Well, first, there was the business of previewing the course, which entailed going through the whole thing as if I were a real student. The point, of course, was to see whether everything was where it was supposed to be and flowed correctly. Continue reading
Train, trained, train·ing, trains verb, transitive
- To coach in or accustom to a mode of behavior or performance.
- To make proficient with specialized instruction and practice.
- To give or undergo a course of training: trained daily for the marathon.
My first encounter with the training industry was about twenty years ago when I went to work for a training and development firm. At that point, I knew nothing about training; and, for a long time, it seemed quite mysterious to me. Within the company were two “gurus,” one who wrote the programs and one who wrote the books. Continue reading
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direct mail noun— di·rect´-mail´ (dî-rèkt´mâl´, dì-) adjective: Advertising circulars or other printed matter sent directly through the mail to prospective customers or contributors.
There is hardly a day when my little mailbox doesn’t overflow with junk mail. While I find it very annoying, I still open every piece, just in case. What may look like junk has occasionally turns out to be a bill or a check that would have landed in the trash were it not for my compulsive vigilance. But, aside from that little pause at my dining room table, most of it goes from mailbox to the recycle bin in mere minutes. When I think of all the trees that gave their lives to produce that useless paper, my annoyance grows. What a waste of resources, time, and money. Why does anyone bother when they know it will never be read? Continue reading
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Every piece of this course has been a journey—sometimes, smooth going, more often a trek through unfamiliar territory. After starting out in the wrong direction (not unusual for someone who is directionally deficient), I had to go back to square one and start over. It’s not that I didn’t have a roadmap. I did, but it was the wrong one. It was a stroke of luck to find DigitalChalk, which provided a ninety-seven-page map plus a phone number for roadside assistance. Continue reading