May 2011 Newsletter
Newsletter for the World of Words by Elias Tobias
The Elias Tobias Academy created
As a person with several college degrees to my credit, I have learned one thing – just because someone has a degree, the learning process does not stop. In many instances, there is no direct educational benefit in the application of a certain degree to a kind of job. In my life, working in a group home for adults really didn’t require a teacher’s license, but it helped, especially with the mentoring aspect of the job.
In the spirit of this continuing education concept, I have created the Elias Tobias Academy. If I had millions of dollars to play with, some of it would go toward creating a physical location with hired instructors and dorms and buildings and staff and things that go with a regular private institution. I don’t have that kind of money, but I would like to help other people learn things so that their lives can be enriched just to know something else or for a better job.
Until the time I have a physical Academy, it will have to be a virtual one, using free on-line classes currently available through other colleges, universities and websites. No certificates can be granted through the Elias Tobias Academy, but perhaps a certificate from another source offering the courses is available. Diplomas aside, it’s the application of the knowledge gained that counts. In a world that is constantly changing in demands for skills, knowing how to do something new will help keep your job or find a new one.
The spirit of learning is the what the Elias Tobias Academy is all about.
The Academy is set up by major links which go into more detail. It’s just that easy and it’s free. Start by clicking here or on the ETA logo to get to the courses.
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8. Readers have a right to a professional-looking poetry blog with a minimum of typing errors and a variety of technical capabilities, such as videos and podcasts.
Popular poetry blog begins videos of author reading favorite poems
The video experience on the World of Words by Elias Tobias is expanding with a new series, The Poetry Corner, where poet Elias Tobias reads his favorite poems in short segments. There is already a 20-video library on the poetry blog ranging from a visual biography to various photographic projects.
An initial set of 13 videos have been produced to be broadcast on the Elias Tobias Channel of You Tube on weekly posts beginning March 14, 2011. The posts, set for every Monday, will include links to written versions of the poems so readers can get the best of both experiences.
The World of Words by Elias Tobias has recently risen to the top 150,000 sites in the U.S and well above the top million sites in the world, according to Alexa.com. Changes in the 14-year-old poetry blog now also include a Yahoo! Messenger connection for improved communication with readers along with an alternative Yahoo! Email for messages. The personal blog on the site’s Fan Club link is updates at least once a week, too.
Get a peek at one of The Poetry Corner videos by clicking here.
Save Pull Tabs For Ronald McDonald’s House
I believe in recycling things like paper from the copier at work (in secure shred of course), taking newspapers to the church or school collection box, and pull tabs from cans.
The World of Words by Elias Tobias officially endorses this last effort. Over a year ago, when I was teaching college part-time, there was a collection box for pull tabs for the Ronald McDonald house on a table in the snack room next to the soda machine.
I began putting soft drink tabs in an old glass Ball jar and eventually when it got full, I took the tabs in a plastic bag to work for the collection box. Other jobs have come and gone since then, but I still collect the tabs. Kids can collect them on string or large key rings. This can a fun activity for everyone, and simple, too.
Unlike the urban legend states, pop tabs do not support medical treatment of any kind including chemotherapy or dialysis; however, pop tabs do support the operations of Ronald McDonald Houses across the country. This popular fundraiser benefits seriously ill children by helping provide a place for them and their families to stay while they are out of town for medical treatment.
Recycling the tabs generates proceeds to donate to a local Ronald McDonald House. The tabs do not pay for treatment or night stays – only house operations. One house that collected enough pop tabs in a year to put $8,000 toward operational costs.
Pop tabs are small and convenient to collect. Hundreds of thousands of pop tabs have been collected to benefit Ronald McDonald Houses. Did you know that:
1 pop tab is approximately 1 inch long
1,267 pop tabs make 1 pound
1 pound of aluminum can be sold for approximately 40¢
For more information about how you can help, click here.
Photo series features Love and Couples
The photo series this month features people in love. May is a time when more than wildflowers bloom and more animals are seen emerging from the cold winter months. May is is time when love grows and fuels summer marriages. This is a series of images from a clip art disc that symbolize personal portraits of a young love blooming in the spring. Enjoy.
Poem of the Month
I have a secret I share with myself.
I promised I wouldn’t tell anyone else.
Honesty is the best policy.
I would never tell a lie, and
Besides I crossed my heart
Or swore I would die.
This creates a problem.
I don’t know what to do,
Except to scream it out loud…
I love you!
There are many posters which can be downloaded for free, and you can find them here.