Maggie Wilson Author

Historical Non-Fiction in Northern Ontario

Continuing Education

It Figures

While I clearly recall my early writing career at school, I don’t remember much about learning math. In the junior grades, that is. In high school I enjoyed it and elected to study all of the available subjects, including trigonometry. I particularly liked geometry and graphing functions. I suppose the visual rendering of mathematical concepts held the appeal. I even went so far as to create a Christmas card for […]

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WEMon: Aug 18, 2014 – Does God Have a Sense of Humor?

School starts in a couple of weeks. Judging by the jolt of excitement I get when I think about that, I know I’m ready for the return to my studies. This is the final year of the Mining Engineering Technician Program, barring any unforeseen events. (Unforeseen events = knock on wood.) I wonder how long the excitement will last? You see, if this year is the same as the last two, I’ll be ready […]

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Cee’s Share Your World – 2014 Week 27

It’s time for another round of Cee’s Share Your World. Week 27. Year’s half over! If you were the architect of one existing building, which building would you select? In 1983 I enrolled in “Advertising Art”. I am absolutely convinced that the college accepted me strictly on the basis of my “mature student” status. That and my Ontario Scholar award from ten years prior. I had no portfolio to speak of. I […]

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And Now a Word from Our Sponsor: Physics

It’s a darn good thing that there is no such thing as the “Daily Prompt Police” for I surely do not follow the rules. Today is no different. As much as I’d like to piss and moan and whine and wail about the school subjects that confounded me and confound me still, instead I will post a video from my Physics course. We were asked to identify and discuss all […]

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Decisions, decisions

Jen Hamilton of Ups and Downs and In Betweens wrote last night about her decision to quit school. Before I write about why her post resonates with me, I want to congratulate her on making a difficult decision.  I hope her friends and family support her. I can relate to her writing on several fronts – I am in my fourth semester of a part-time college program. If I knew at the the time […]

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Online Dating – Briefly Speaking

My statistics course. Ugh. Besides blogging, wading through the morass that is my math homework is the most time consuming element in my life these days. Slogging and blogging, there’s a combo for you. It doesn’t help that the textbook contains eye-catching sidebars that illustrate the current topic. Before you know it, I chuck the homework and begin to compose a new blog entry. For instance, my piece on Seven […]

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That Does not Compute

My patience has run out. I cannot tolerate one more instance of a math text being wrong. You’d think something like A MATH TEXT BOOK would be free of error. HA! I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent working and reworking calculations to get an answer that matches the software’s expectation, only to find out: the textbook is WRONG.  A couple of times I’ve used the “let us […]

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