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July 13, 2011


this is my symphony

by Andrea O'Connell

It’s Wednesday, which means there are only two more days until the weekend….and sleeping in.

I live for weekends!

It’s not that I don’t like to work, because I do, but it’s not my favorite thing to do – it’s not my symphony, it’s not my passion, but it’s okay.

I like working at a university – it’s both a lovely and fun environment.  The campus is beautiful, too:

The work I do is called Instructional Design.  I write training for employees of the university, not for students, though students are the ultimate benefactors of trained employees.

My work entails analyzing what learners should learn, and how they will learn it.  So, I design and develop curriculum that I break down into relevant chunks, i.e., small sections of learning activities.

Most times, I deliver the material in the classroom, too.  I call on my acting skills to get me through that, as I’d rather be writing and creating curriculum than teaching it. It’s because I’m an introvert, but can easily go into “showtime” mode and turn into an extrovert when I have to, though it’s exhausting at the end of the day.

I have read that it’s fairly easy to tell if you’re an extrovert or an introvert by determining if you feel energized as a result of working or being with a large group of people.  If other people energize and make you happy, chances are you’re an extrovert.  If, on the other hand, it’s exhausting to work with groups of people, chances are you’re an introvert.

What got me started on this?  LOL!  Oh! (I had to look back), I was talking about the kind of work I do and then began to ramble.

I’m tired tonight.  And I don’t really want to talk about the Casey Anthony case because there’s nothing new!

Well, that’s not entirely true…. I read a couple of things.  The law firm handling the Zanny the Nanny case, Morgan and Morgan, concerned that Casey Anthony will skip town as soon as she’s released from jail, want her to be deposed at the jail, before she’s released.  There will be a hearing to determine if this can occur, maybe as early as tomorrow.  I believe they want to depose her on Friday.  It’s an emergency motion that will be heard in front of the Judge in the Civil trial –  Judge Jose Rodriquez.

So, that’s it for tonight, though I did want to leave you with this lovely thought:

To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common — this is my symphony.  –-William Henry Channing, clergyman, reformer (1810-1884)

Don’t you just love the line, “This is my symphony?”  I do.

Days are always better when I hear a symphony – real or imagined.

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Kitt
    Jul 13 2011

    Beautiful university! It looks so exotic (of course it would, with me being in the Pacific Northwest!).

    I had no idea it is home to the Miami Dolphins. And the largest library in Florida? Wow! I love libraries, so I had to read all about yours.

    And the Glass Garden…wow. My husband works with glass. I’ll have to show that to him when he’s hanging around.

    Beautiful place to work, Andrea. You’re so lucky. I work in a building that, from the outside, looks like a prison! But I do love what I do, and that’s what matters!!

    Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Kitt
    Jul 13 2011

    I’m really having a problem posting tonight. Test, test.

  3. Jul 13 2011

    Hi kitt! WordPress has been acting up tonight for me too.
    And yup, we have the Miami Dolphins….which is why our school doesn’t have a football team. And the campus is breathtaking – especially the library . I can imagine it looks nothing like the schools in your neck of the woods. 🙂 I went to school in Indiana (Purdue), and that was vastly different from schools in south Florida.
    I’m off to dreamland …… 🙂

  4. Jul 14 2011

    Andrea, your writings jump off the page and seem to come alive before my eyes so vividly. If you were to ever publish a book, I’d buy it in a heartbeat! In other, not so pleasant, news, Texas may have a new resident soon. According to Dana McCain, relative of Cindy, has it Casey Anthony is going to Houston. McCain called the Roula & Ryan radio show. The taped show (Audio) is available on

    • Jul 14 2011

      Come on down, casey!!


      • Jul 14 2011

        LOL Kim! Your new neighbor? Oh boy!

    • Jul 14 2011

      Hi RahRah, Thank you for your kind words – it does my heart well to hear it… 🙂

      Texas? I wonder if that’s really true or if this relative of Cindy’s is just trying to make news? I can’t imagine that she’d go to a location that could easily be found out. But, stranger things have happened! Maybe Casey wants to be found… things just get curiouser and curiouser every day, don’t they?!!!

  5. Jul 15 2011

    if I knew how to make those cute laughing smiley faces I’d do so, Kim! lol! Andrea, just let me know when you publish, I’ll beat it to the bookstore! I had read the rumors speculating “surprise, surprise” Puerto Rico. And then, my local news had picked up the story about Houston’s Roula & Ryan Show, and I thought I would hear it go national, but the story was not picked up. Makes me think they they wanted it hushed – for a reason. But no matter, Casey cannot hide from herself, and no amount of plastic surgery will EVER erase her past –


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