Monday, October 20, 2014

Jobs - After High School

May 1955 to Sept. 1955 - Amelia Star Review - sold classified ads - wrote column - managed office.

Sept. 1955 to June 1956 - Ohio State University Extension Serivce - boss Mr. Christenson.

Summer 1956? - worked at McAlpin's - Linen's Department.

Sept. 1956 to June 1957 - Goshen Elementary - 1sr & 2nd grades (attended UC Evening College).

Summer 1957 - Cincinnati Summer Theater - tutorial - Theater in the Round.

Sept. 1957 to June 1958 - Ohio State University - Cashier at Student Union

Summer 1958 - 1/2  summer term at O.S.U. - worked for Columbus Recreation Commission.

Fall 1958  June 1959 - worked as cashier at O.S.U. Student Union

Fall 1959 - June 1960 - taught 6th grade at Withamsville School (same school I attended from 3rd to 8th grade).

Summer - 1960 - went to Conservation Camp (Camp Muskingum) O.S.U. credit.

Fall 1960 - June 1961 - taught 4th grade at Oyler School - Cincinnati Public Schools.

Summer 1961 - Worked at Frisch's Big Boy on Central Parkway, lived in Apt. on Ludlow Ave.

Fall 1961 - Taught at Hays School (first & second grade) until March? Quit job. Took classes.

Married - Dec. 21, 1961 - continued taking classes at U.C. Spring '63 pregnancy - birth of Marshall Nov. 23, 1963.

Spring - 1964 - more classes @ U.C., raising Marshall, active in Goldwater '64 Campaign.

Continued classes until graduation 1967, Other activities - Publicity Chairman for local Montesorri group, wrote articles for Children's House, painted 35 pictures, entered Hyde Park Art Show, Marshall in nursery school at Miss Lucy's in Hyde park.

211 courses passed, 33 courses taken but no credit. 211 plus 40 more to take = 251 hours - 104 required, 57 more than required. It was almost two years extra work to finally graduate - due to changing major from Education to General Studies and going to evening college.

Jobs continued after divorce from Harry. Seven years of marriage.

Substitute teaching for Cincinnati Public Schools, worked for Judge Paul George - his campaign for Domestic Relations Court.

1969-1970 - Hoffman Elementary School - 4th Grade. Wrote two articles for Cincinnati Magazine.

1970 - 1971 - Windsor Elementary School - 4th Grade.  Met Bill Kelly February 1971.

Dec. 21, 1971 - Married. Moved to Glenbrook, Nevada (Lake Tahoe).

1972  in business for myself - Creative Learning Center, Karen's Studio (several locations). Did work at the U.S. Dept. of Education 1989-1991 - Office of Private Education.

*Note: This information was written on  three large index cards and updated "as time passed". I'm glad I kept this file as a record of my job history.

Beyond High School

 A file folder labeled "Grade Transcripts" is filled with records of "schooling". Scanning through the lists of courses taken "over the years" I'm wondering today which were "worth my time" and if they "made a difference".

1955 to 1956 - I attended Ohio State University in Home Economics. OSU was my choice because I had been there several times as part of my 4-H Leadership training. I stayed in a dormitory - Oyler Hall? can't remember exact name. We signed in and out and had a "house mother". I worked at WOSU on the radio station in the early mornings and did some work for the OSU Extension Service, too.
1956 to 1957 - I taught first and second grade students at Goshen Elementary School. My folks did not have enough money to send me back for my sophmore year. I lucked out with a teaching job as a "temporary" and was able to return to OSU again.

1957 to 1959 - I transferred from Home Economics to Education - completing two more years at OSU.  I worked at the Student Union - morning cafeteria line - walking across the mall - winter - freezing cold. I became ill with mono and tried to keep going to classes.

I taught school again in Cincinnati - several schools including Hays, Oyler, Windsor and Hoffman. I would teach and take classes at University of Cincinnati's Evening College - finally graduating with a Bachelor of Science in General Studies with a minor in Fine Arts - June 15th, 1967 - 11 years later - having taken at seventy-four or more courses!

I had married Harry Garrison Dec. 21st, 1961 while I was teaching at Hays. I was taking courses throughout our marriage and gave birth to our son, Marshall, November 23rd, 1963. I was involved in politics and contined my education.

After Harry and I divorced, I continued to do substitute teaching and finally got a full-time teaching job. When I remarried I got my teaching certificate both in Ohio and Nevada.

1975 to 1976 - I attended The Art Academy of Cincinnati for one year. After that, I started my own studio - Karen's Studio and have continued thirty-eight more years with the studio and I continue to teach adult beginners - art. I took a lot of courses, too, when I worked at the U. S. Department of Education - computer, time management, telephone skills, etc.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

10-12-14 Sunday Afternoon

Been "Blogging" along - realizing I will be adding more blogs as "time goes along". Added Karen Sharin' - "Hodge Podge" for the odds & ends stuff around here that I'm choose to set into a separate category from my own story, Angel Lois', Cooking Buddies, etc.

It's interesting (to me, for sure) to learn more and more about the people and places "around here". I'm digging further into files and pictures, relabeling and rethinking "what I thought I already knew to be true".

This past week took me down "The Remembering Path" (good title for something) which involved being "on camera" for an interview about my Mama (now Angel Lois) and her community service.*
Getting prepared for this project meant that I "got with the program" and organized many files and photos.

Now that it's Sunday, I'm back to my regular routine which I report to Facebook's "Homemaker's Encouragement" group. Laundry for today is done. Clothes are put away, trash trashed, recycles out to bin, dishes - partially done - some still need to be put away. I'm staying cozy down here in the cottage - wearing sweats.

Taking a "flying leap" today with HughesNet - going to have them install a satellite dish up on the main house so that I can have WiFi where I can use another computer - not sure whether to take new Dell Windows-8 computer up to the house or my older Vista laptop. Will ask the service person what they think is best - what will work best.

Other decision - deciding where to plant Oriental Poppy plants. I have some "loyal" royal-looking red poppies that return each spring by the back patio steps. I'm wondering if the morning sun is preferable to afternoon sun (will check eHow for this info. or Spring Hill - the company where I purchased them).

I thought about doing some Wheat Belly (grain/sugar/wheat free) baking today - missing the bread I make, especially the walnut bread from Dr. William Davis' Wheat Belly Cookbook.

Went to City Flea yesterday downtown at Washington Park in front of Music Hall. Bought a couple of small succulent plants in their own vases to take to Karen's Studio 125 to share with students. I also bought another fun barret from "A Seamless Transition" where I took some of my vintage pieces of clothing to sell. Next Saturday I'll take some winter items and pick up a check from the sales that have been made of clothing/jewelry I dropped off for consignment this summer.

I also stopped at Essencha Tea House to purchase more Kukicha green tea. I will be taking tea-making supplies (a strainer) to the studio, too. It's an "upper" and healthy, too.

This will be a busy week - sprinkler system off, and hopefully Madison Tree will be here to do major tree work - one more item off the "big list". Next year - looking at redoing the entire driveway!
Being a "Widder Lady" keeps me hopping around here!

*Note - Will write more over on Angel Lois blog about the interview project.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Rainy Monday - Procrastinating 10/6/2014

I can't believe it! It's raining. It's chilly and damp. It was only a few weeks ago that we were enjoying an extended summer - warm sunshine, dry air.

It's time to order a winter's supply of Toasti Toes, get out the Cuddle-Duds and black suede Ryka shoes and "World's Softest Socks" - black ones!

I wear a photographer's vest - the one I bought in San Francisco many years ago at a Banana Republic store. I love this vest with all it's pockets - especially the pocket across the lower back. The sales person told me that one of his customer's carried his dog! Thinking maybe it might be a small daschund!

The latest project (around here) has been going through more photos and files. I keep re-finding photos which re-trigger memories and the stories that go with them. I'll be choosing more to upload to my computer photo files and share on Facebook. I like Facebook for having a place to create albums and share photos with family and friends and even "others" I don't really know - yet.

I've been wondering about the wedding photos of Harry and me that were in a small white photo album. The pictures are "clear in my mind" but the album is missing. I'm thinking they are in the attic with several years of daily diaries which I put into a trunk for safe-keeping. Will I be pulling down those creaky, wooden attic stairs to find that album? Yes, most probably. When the weather is chilly (like today) I will be considering whether it's "worth the effort".

I will be watching some old VHS tapes of Mama's award ceremonies today and wondering, too, if I know how to transcribe them to DVD - used to do it - but now will need to re-read the instructions in the booklet that came with the VCR player.

The furnace is humming alont - heating up the cottage to "cozy" - making me sleepy enough for a short nap (20 minutes or so).....zzzzz. Onward!