Sphere College Project

A New World of Learning

Each day…


…brings something new to the development of Sphere College.

Let’s talk about today. Today I got up, practiced some trombone and ukulele (because you just always need to be learning things like this to stay on your game, and it gives me a break from thinking about Sphere all the time), added to my TODO list and prioritized the items, went to the coffeehouse and knocked off a few items (left a message for the artist about the logo, did some scheduling of meetings, handled email), met and spoke for a while with the Executive Director of the Phoenix Village Art Center, went to buy the next book for the book club I’m in (Updike’s “Rabbit, Run”), stopped off to get the email address of a new student I signed up (her husband may become a student as well), had lunch, picked up some freecycle chairs, checked into getting a P.O. Box and what numbers are available, got my RSVP in for the Community Charity Ball (I’m being sent by the TimeBank, and will be talking to people there about both the TimeBank and Sphere College), checked this blog and saw Colleen’s comments about curricula I need to learn about, checked the stats for this blog and noticed a spike today, so I looked at which websites were sending people to this blog and saw that my friend Ed Webb posted a link to it on Twitter, so I went to Twitter, created an account, read about what Twitter is, read some docs about getting started, ‘followed’ Ed, posted some updates, other people started ‘following’ me so I ‘followed’ them, posted more updates, started thinking about the social implications of Twitter as I learned more about it, played some more trombone, cooked a stew, went to a Diversity in Action meeting, participated in a discussion about diversity in our community, talked a little about the college when it came up, met someone who is an activist and set up a time to meet with her tomorrow night, signed another student, left the meeting to go to the grocery store to buy plastic containers for the stew, listened to Obama’s speech — particularly enjoyed the parts when he talked about the importance of innovation and education, tried unsuccessfully to buy a diamond nail file for my ukulele nails, came home, made some hot chocolate, checked Twitter again, then decided I needed to blog again.

So here I write.

Pretty much every day is like this. Yesterday I signed two new students and went to a Cultural Celebration with Joe Rodgers where a full page ad came out in the program. And a whole lot of other things.

With all of this going on, it’s a bit daunting to attempt to catch you up on what’s been going on. I feel like it’s all important, too.

It takes a lot of energy — none of this is natural for me — but it’s just so fun seeing it all come together. I do, however, look forward to the time when I have people on the payroll who can handle some of these tasks. I’d love to be able to pay people to do things they like to do and are good at, and that they would be able to do in a fraction of the time it takes me. If I move fast enough, then I’ll be able to do that with some of the stimulus money that’s coming down the pike, which is why I’m so impatient: Time is of the essence.

If you have any suggestions for how I can make things happen more quickly and easily, I’m all ears.

Thanks for listening.



Author: Richard Liston

Musician, computer scientist, educator. I'm creating a new educational environment for adults.

3 thoughts on “Each day…

  1. BTW, *many thanks* to Kim Feindt for donating some of her time to do research on attaining non-profit status! This gets some things off my TODO list.

  2. Did not know you play ukulele! I picked one up from Jaworski’s over the summer and it’s a ton of fun to mess around on!

    I haven’t had time to do any serious playing on it, but it’s a real great tension breaker.

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