Yes, it’s our last week of class and I am still getting postcards from kind and generous people. There is power everywhere at Sagrado, even though they are checking the air conditioning systems, so not all are functioning. Next week we’ll have exams. At home too, we still have electricity and, after a Sunday morning-long blackout that sort of let us pretty fearful to lose it, we **and all our street** got it back. Note that the rest of our street was left for over 70 days without power (we only got 52 days). OMG. Now we can think about real recovery, even if normalcy is pretty out of sight. My thought goes particularly to the University of Puerto Rico’s Humacao Campus, which is still without power and has to use I believe 7 generators. Their library is closed–think where some students can get their hands on a computer.
But, actually, this time smartphones have been of great help: Wherever institutions set up open WiFi students can get access to the net and do a lot of work on their pocket computers, our friends the cellphones. Yes, I explained to the youngest they can dictate their writings, so the typing problem is solved. That nobody claim we need to ban smartphones from the classroom, ok?
Here are the last three postcards to make it onto my desk, but I am saving a bunch which are already on it, coming all from just one institution where a dear friend is faculty. Next post.
From the University of South Carolina’s Cindy Jennings @cljennings (a person who’s always listening, along with her Twitter profile) we get this message:
I have said that I love this bridging the physical space of postcards (mailed through the wonderful, old snail-post-office mail system) and the digital-virtual space of Twitter.
From the Bonnell Family in Colorado we get its beautiful flower, the Aquilegia or Columbie, and great support! Thank you, we do appreciate your message dearly.
Last of today’s treat we have one beautiful card from far away. It comes from South Africa! It was sent by Willie Knoetze (if I spell the last name correctly!) and its message is in Spanish. Thank you so much, dear “eternal student”!! We all are eternal students indeed!
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