Gerald Lee Jordan MBA, MEd, MCouns

Afternoon Walk

Discovering A New Path

We are trying to get out and walk every few days and yesterday Jack and I explored a new path. We had seen it from the road and Jack has often wondered what was in that direction, so we turned off and explored. Wonderful time together!

Jack and Dad's Afternoon Walk


Seven Days of Meditation - Day Two Try It

Seven Days of Meditation

I have been working on an app for those in lock-down - an app that takes those new to meditation through seven days of meditation practice. I realised that there is no reason not to go ahead and upload the audio files, so here is the second day try it exercise.

This second day emphasises Compassion Meditation.

Day Two Try It on Twitter

Seven Days of Meditation Podcast

https://soundcloud.com/geraldleejordan/7-days-of-meditation-day-two-try-it


Seven Days of Meditation - Day Two Warm-Up

Seven Days of Meditation

I have been working on an app for those in lock-down - an app that takes those new to meditation through seven days of meditation practice. I realised that there is no reason not to go ahead and upload the audio files, so here is the second day warm-up exercise.

Day Two Warm-Up on Twitter

Seven Days of Meditation Podcast

https://soundcloud.com/geraldleejordan/7-days-of-meditation-day-two-warmup


Workflow

My Obsession with Process

I love the process as much as the result. When I start writing, I want to know how everything goes together and if I see an issue with the process, I can get bogged down and the result is slower in coming. It is an obsession of mine.

Multiple Projects

I have been working on creating mobile apps, on creating e-books and a number of other things, but I haven’t been very happy with the process. I like working in code editors. They make corrections, auto-completion and a number of other things an absolute pleasure. I also like working in versioning control, such as GIT. This allows me to have every version of my work available for review or historical reasons. While I am working with e-book editors, I also like publishing to the web. It is so much easier and practical. I have been working on my workflow, trying to get all of these things working together to my liking.

Partial Solution

So, I have found a process in the last week or so that - while not completely suitable - ticks a few of the boxes. I am working in Visual Studio Code (yes, a Microsoft product and I love open source, but I got used to it while creating apps). I am able to write anything (including what you are reading now). I can create website content like this, I can create apps, I can create content for e-books, etc. I have all of the benefits of coding editors.

Adding GIT

Next, I have tied in this editor with GIT (Github). This allows me to push all of my work to repositories where every version is saved. I love being able to go back through my work and this allows me draft copies of everything.

Publishing to the Web

Finally, I am able to push to my websites from my GIT repositories. So, most of my sites (including this one) are served from my GIT repositories.

Next Steps

I type what I want in the editor of my choice, save to GIT and publish to the wider web. Sweet. Next thing? Automate production of epub files from this sort of content. I have experimented a bit and can do this, but I want more control over the formatting of final documents. A work in progress!


Gerald

It was my first day of daycare and I was excited about the idea of meeting new kids. The building was a very old school between two towns, most likely unused for years. The corridors had high ceilings, and were lined with timber. It felt to be an uninviting place.

We were pushed into what must have been the gymnasium, with walls even higher than the corridors. The walls were a drab tan. This was not a place made warm and inviting for small children, but rather the creation of an unimaginative mind, neglected for years and then put into use with little thought of the occupants.

In this large room, we were spoken to, told of what was expected of us, while our parents held our hands. I could see other children and wanted to go over and say “hello”. My mother held my hand firmly.

After the speech was barked out, our parents let us go and we children ran into the middle of the room. With smiles and arms outstretched, we gleefully greeted one another. A few were shy, but were taken up in the joy that enveloped us all.

I didn’t realise it at the time, but this was my first interaction with black children. I didn’t realise they were black. I just saw other smiling children. We all hugged, smiled, talked. It was a large contrast to the coldness of the environment.

After a few minutes, we were told that we would get to introduce ourselves. All became quiet. This seemed a daunting task, but we were told that we only needed to say our names. We all ran back to our parents and slowly children around the room began to say their names. It came my turn. I looked up at my mother and then said, “Gerald”. The child next to me said her name and then the next. About half-way around the room there was another “Gerald”. I was shocked and happy. I had never met someone with the same name as me! I wondered if we would be friends. It was all so exciting!

When the last child had said his name, we were told to go to our classes. I headed for the door of the gymnasium and pulled away from my mother for a moment. I walked past a teacher. She looked down at me and said, “You have the same name as a nigger!”. I didn’t know what she meant, but her tone said that this was not a good thing. I didn’t like my name again until I travelled to Germany at 22.

Oklahoma.