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Summer 2014

I hardly know where to begin. It's been a whirlwind of activity for me and for Purplearn. For me, the summer of 2014 will be remembered as days cool enough for me not to melt into my usual uniform of suit and purple tie.
I wore this uniform at the class I taught at Brookdale. I grew up across the reservoir from the college campus and it is still beautiful. In room 101 of the ATEC building my twelve students and I explored game theory and proper cooperative learning techniques. I am already looking forward to my next classes there in the spring.
I wore this uniform at some old and some new private group sessions of Purplearn. I met and laughed and learned with some really nice people and as I think about them I am smiling. From the 104 year old calligrapher to the origami expert whose paper gifts sit by my keyboard, they are characters all. Thank goodness all my private Purplearn groups from the summer will be continuing through the fall as I would miss them terribly.
And I wore my suits proudly for the Purplearn family classes. We had one family with five generations represented and one with just two, but big or small, a good time was had by all. Just seeing teenagers happily spending time with their grandparents makes these sessions some of my most heart warming ever.
I used to come home after teaching my public school classes in mixed moods. There were good days and there were bad days. Purplearn so far has been full of only good days. Here's to many more good days to come.