My Week Ending 2022-01-23

Here’s a summary of some of the things I learned and published this week.


You can follow my daily readings as they happen here.  Below are a selected few, with commentary, from the past week. They’re posted to the blog daily under the title OTR Links.


  • A wonderful story from Sarnia of a Deli where people are paying it forward to those less well-off with Post-it notes
  • The best thing about being an artist is having a showcase to display your efforts and this one comes from my old secondary school


  • I read articles like this one (bizarre shortcuts in Windows 11) and try them out and see if any of them appear to be useful enough for me to remember
  • You can’t beat a good frozen landmark


  • Snowstorms always bring up a discussion and this article compares the latest against some of the big ones of the past
  • St. Clair College delays the return to the classroom until the end of the month


  • TVOntario has been very vocal about questioning the decisions of the Ontario Government and this is a piece asking what the shutdown accomplished
  • Another insightful piece about Wordle and why it’s hooking so many people on the word game (this blogger included)


  • Growing up, the Red Cross provided the swimming courses for us until we graduated Senior and then moved on to Bronze Medallion
  • You’d think that someone working in the Ministry of Education would know that one size doesn’t fit all in education and facemasks


  • I read a lot about Google’s Material Theme but don’t really fully comprehend it and maybe they don’t either?
  • This sounds realy interesting – building a school in the same building as a condo in Toronto – being sent home may never be the same


  • Interesting post from Aviva Dunsiger about her observations about social behaviours of her students now that they’re back face to face
  • Taping a student’s facemask to their face should be a career ending move

Blog Posts on
doug — off the record

My daily contributions to this blog are linked below. If you’re looking for a week in review for doug–off the record, you came to the right place.

#FollowFriday – January 21, 2022

voicEd Radio

This Week in Ontario Edublogs is a show/podcast that features great writing from Ontario Edubloggers.

Featured Bloggers:

  • Dave Cormier – @davecormier
  • Diana Maliszewski – @MzMollyTL
  • Deanna McLennan – @McLennan1977
  • Nilmini Ratwatte Henstridge – @NRatwatte
  • Aviva Dunsiger – @avivaloca
  • Charles Pascal – @CEPascal

This week’s show:

Opening Song:

Closing Song:

All of the shows are archived here. The show is broadcast LIVE almost every Wednesday morning at 8:45 on voicEd Radio.

Technology Troubleshooting

I felt like a dummy this Friday morning doing my #FollowFriday routine.

Like normal, I had Tweetdeck open and was creating the post in the input boxes. I start with my Ontario Educators 1 list and typically do three posts from there and slide to the #2 list where I continue the process.

At the time I’m doing this, I’m also watching the morning news and somehow I must have tapped the trackpad and jumped from List 1 to List 2. The lists were create chronologically and all of a sudden I started to not put the names together. The timing was wrong.

The solution was to rework the process and drink more coffee. Like the farmer said when the cow died “Never done that before”.

Video of the Week

We lost a legend this week.

Photo of the Week

It was a cold morning walk and Jaimie all of a sudden flattened and started to go into stalk mode. It took me a bit to figure it out. A chicken had crossed the road (yes, I know) … The ears sure tell a story.

Thanks for reading.

Please join me daily for something new and, hopefully, interesting for you. I honestly and truthfully appreciate your few moments reading my thoughts. Time willing, this summary appears every Sunday afternoon.

Be safe.


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Whatever happened to …

… your childhood house?

Along with a couple of people I went to school with, we moderate a private Facebook group devoted to memories of our childhood community. Some people continue to live there and some of us just like to have memories. Recently, I ended up chatting with a new friend and we got to reminiscing and that had me thinking about houses.

Of course, this calls for a song.

We lived previously in Sutton West which is bizarre in itself since it’s actually east of Sutton. I have no memories of this but I do from where my parents moved. Long-time readers might remember this post.

We actually lived in three houses there during the course of my lifetime. The first was in a very small bungalow and my memory from there was a heater in the middle of the house. The further you got away from it, the cooler things got.

When my brother came along, we had to move. Move we did, up the street to a large two-storey house. My biggest memory there was the upstairs where we actually had two staircases to the top storey which meant a lot of awkward vacuuming and dusting. I wasn’t allowed to walk to school since I would have had to cross two major highways. So, for something like a quarter a week, we got a ride with the school caretaker. His car was full so it probably was a moneymaker for him at the time.

Eventually, we moved a great deal closer to the school and I ended up getting a “get out of school 10 minutes early” card as a crossing guard. It was a small house with a huge lot. My biggest memory there was moving from a shared bedroom with my brother and bunk beds to two rooms in the attic. He had to walk through my room to get to his and that led to a lot of brotherly altercations.

With the passing of our parents, the house has been sold a couple of times with each new owner doing upgrades.

We still drive home twice a year to visit the cemetery and always take a drive by the places where we lived, wondering how we’d be received if we got out and knocked and asked for a tour. We haven’t had the nerve yet.

That calls for another song as it was truly the house that built me.

For a Sunday, what are your thoughts?

  • Do you still live in your childhood community?
  • Do you still live in your childhood home?
  • What has happened to the home over the years?
  • Was it an easy walk to get to school from your place?
  • Did your childhood house “build you”?
  • Have you ever gone back to drive by your old house?
  • Have you ever gone back and asked for a tour of your old house?

I’ll bet that you have some interesting thoughts about this. How about sharing them in the comments below?

This is a regular Sunday morning post around here. You can view all the previous posts here.

OTR Links 01/23/2022

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.