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Michael J. Coffey
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Yup.  Started writing a book of my own yesterday afternoon.  Cranked out the brief introductory section and a decent chunk of the first item in the outline, for a total of 1,668 words. 
The Writing Begins
Yesterday marked my first day of writing on my planned book series. I'm working on Life of a Tea Geek now, but may switch back and forth between this and The Tea Geek Reference Book (working titles) over the next several weeks...and hopefully not months.

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Important Infrequently-Used Words
This is a pretty good vocabulary list.  (Unfortunately, I can't give credit to where I saw it because it got orphaned on an extra tab before I got a chance to look through it...)
Paul V. Hartman (The Capitalized syllable gets the emphasis) A alacrity       a-LACK-ra-tee      cheerful willingness and promptness anathema       a-NATH-a-ma      a thing or person cursed, banned...
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Slowly setting up a site behind the books I've published and am in the starting stages of writing myself.  So far, just Mom's book is on it.  But having spent the last two weeks in a somewhat grueling self-publishing-and-marketing course, I'm aware that I've got a lot to work on still. 
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Another reason two spaces at the end of a sentence is a good idea.
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The two spaces in typing was an attempt to insert the correct amount of space after a period when a typewriter had only one space bar.  
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If Teachers Were Valued
This is what it might look like if our society as a whole valued education.

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By now, the lament for the way in which our culture privileges athletics over education is an old, common sentiment—but Key & Peele has breathed new life into the apt observation in their latest sketch, “TeachersCenter.” A spot-on parody of SportsCenter’s hyperbole-laden talking heads, busy CGI ticker screens, and obsessive play-by-plays, the...
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Fans of Tolkien ( The Hobbit in particular) will recognize #1, and #15 is for all my fellow teachers.
Although we call the language spoken by the Anglo-Saxons Old English, English speakers today won’t find much in common between it and the language we have now. More than 1000 years ago, English was still being written using long-abandoned letters like þ (known as “thorn”), ƿ (“wynn”) and ð (eth or thæt). It had a different phonology and a much more complex grammatical structure than we have today that relied on a complicated series of word endings and inflections to convey meaning rather than a predictable syntactic word order.

Old English also had a rich array of inventive and intriguing words, many of which have either long since dropped out of use or were replaced by their continental equivalents after the Norman Conquest of England, and so would be all but unrecognisable to modern English speakers—which is a shame, given just how imaginative the Old English vocabulary could be. Here are the origins and meanings of 20 fantastic, long-forgotten Anglo-Saxonisms.
Old English had a rich array of inventive and intriguing words, many of which have either long since dropped out of use or were replaced.
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I don't know anyone like this.
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The Myers-Briggs tool is descriptive and analytical, not prescriptive. If you persist in attempting to use a hammer to install and remove screws, you will never recognize the value of a hammer.
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Modern Card Catalog

Ah, the joys of sifting through the old library card catalogues. No "Google it" then, you actually had to do some work, and for myself, one discovery always led to another. These are relics today - reminders of the past - but to some of us, they'll always hold the fondest memories... which you can remember over and over with this USB thumb drive.

#cardcatalogue   #cardcatalog   #library   #research   #discovery   #books   #booklovers   #nostalgia  

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My partner is now I possession of this strange device, the function and purpose of which I cannot discern. 
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That'll work.
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I think someone has a fundamentally flawed understanding of how the currency system works. "Burn all the physical symbols representing banking data" doesn't really do much...
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Don't they realize you have to HAVE money in order to burn it? lol
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More tea is better than less tea; some tea is better than no tea.
Hello!  If you're interested in circling me, here are a few of my more intense interests so that you can get me situated in the right circles:
  • Tea
  • Education
  • Science
  • Books/Libraries/Publishing
  • Language (German, Latin, Mandarin, Welsh, ASL, and others)
  • Chocolate
  • Comparative Religion
  • History (European and Chinese)
  • Business/Marketing
  • Humor
  • Sci-fi/Fantasy/Steampunk (aka "Myst")
  • Genealogy (historical and genetic)
  • Technology, particularly "green" tech
  • Brains and other neuroscience
Things I am not interested in:
  • Cars
  • Sports
  • Cats
My educational philosophy tends toward implicit and divergent learning, and formative assessments. 

My favorite fictional character:  Sherlock Holmes

In the universe of Myers-Briggs, I'm an INTJ but only slightly introverted, so I sometimes come across as an ENTJ.  This means that I expect you to call me on anything I say that's inaccurate, and I'll probably return the favor as well.  Cite your sources and we can all be friends.  In the words of educational researcher Andreas Schleicher, "Without data, you are just another person with an opinion."

In the world of the Clifton Strengths Finder, my signature themes are:
  1. Strategic (always looking at alternate paths to a goal)
  2. Input (more, more, more data!  Give me more!)
  3. Connectedness (everything influences everything else and it's important to keep these connections in mind)
  4. Futuristic (continually extrapolating current trends to predict future states)
  5. Activator ("Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action." --Disraeli)

The purpose of my life is to think, teach, question assumptions, learn, and play.

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I was the first person to successfully challenge Level 1 and Level 2 of the Specialty Tea Institute's certification program.
I'm an educator--mostly about tea, business, and social sciences, but other things as well.
  • Ardea Coaching
    Digital Strategist, 1999 - present
    Helping new business owners with their online marketing through website testing, planning social media strategy, and analysis of web traffic.
  • Tea Geek
    Owner, 2006 - present
  • Washington Women's Business Center
    Business Assistance Officer, 2011 - 2014
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Michael Coffey, Tea Geek
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Floating Leaves is perhaps the best place in the U.S. to find top-notch Taiwan wulong teas. The owner cultivates relationships with tea farmers and experts throughout Taiwan, and regularly has competition-winning teas available. However, even beginning tea drinkers are welcome to come in and learn about what makes each tea special... often by sitting around the tea table with regulars and discussing different samples.
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