Tuesday, November 9, 2021

It's Been a While

Hey readers, it's been close to two years since I've posted on the blog, mostly due to the fact that my business, DragonWing Arts, where I taught an after-school art class for elementary kids, has been on an indefinite hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.  I teach the class in a small classroom in a Jewish Temple where I am a member, and the Temple's current regulations for gatherings in the building, due to the infection rate in the local community, require social distancing, negative Covid tests, temperature/health checks, and of course masks. With the small classroom space, social distancing would make it impossible to fit a group of more than a couple of kids in a class.  And anyhow, I am not prepared to check temperatures or require Covid tests for my students.  I'm hoping that maybe, after the new year, with kids now eligible for vaccination, that the regulations will ease and I'll be able to re-start my business in some way and then of course have some new art projects to share here on the blog!  

 In the meantime, I've had to make one change to the blog.  In the past week, I've gotten hundreds of emails informing me that people have been trying to access some Google docs (lesson handouts and PowerPoint presentations and such) that I had provided links to on a blog page called "Document Weblinks".  While I'm flattered (and surprised!) that so many people are still using my blog as a resource and are finding stuff that is valuable to them, it has caused a problem.  Some sort of Google change/update made all the document links invalid, and in order to get these docs to the people requesting them, it appeared I'd have had to individually respond to all their document requests with the updated links, and frankly, I'm not willing to do that, just to give away content, that I developed, for free.  So instead I've taken the easy way out and removed the page with the documents.  Maybe I'll replace it again down the road, but currently I just don't have the time or will to individually deal with all these document requests.  So if you're one of the people who wanted one of these docs, I apologize, but... so it goes...  

So why is there a pic of a kayak and a peaceful lake on the top of this blog post?  No reason at all, except that's what I was doing on this beautiful November day, and I thought maybe the photo would intrigue you enough to entice you to read this post! 

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