Lord Edward Thurlow Wrote: May! Queen of blossoms, / And fulfilling flowers, / With what pretty music / Shall we……

charm the hours?

We can’t believe it’s already the first full week in May. The fulfilling flowers are here along with the pollen, poison ivy and baseball. We got our first bit of poison ivy for the year as we cleaned out some overgrowth. Baseball season is also in full swing.

Our hours are charmed with our clients. We completed 2 resumes and sample cover letters. We spoke with 2 other parties about updated their resumes and relevant skills and skill sets.

We went over pharmacology basics, anatomy and physiology, infectious diseases, electricity basics, multiplication, order of operations, exponents, clocks, data sets, writing opinion pieces, reactionary pieces and setting goals.

We also submitted a column about horseshoe crabs and their telson/tail. Would anyone like the information or know someone who would? Please let us know.

Enjoy your blossoms and fulfilling flowers, as some are only here a short time.

What is your favorite pretty music or what music makes you think of May?

Strong Winds Don’t Blow Accomplishments Away with Your Mind in Bloom, LLC April 30/May 1, 2021

The month of April ends like the month felt with winds blowing constantly and in different directions.

One client graduated with a machine operator certification today. Another pulled his average into the 80’s after getting 100% on an assignment. We went over handling those tough interview questions without sounding desperate. We went over clocks, Roman Numerals, sales math, anatomy and physiology, history with math, percentages, and basic algebra.

We also wrote a column for a local Facebook group regarding the physiology of trees in honor of Arbor Day today.

Have an awesome May!

Weekly Wins: Brushing Up on Moses April 16, 2021

We will get to Moses momentarily. This past week took a few interesting turns with several very interesting and very intense, revealing conversations.

When someone asked me what I have done all week, my first answer was trigonometry. One of my clients is going through a job retraining program and we covered everything from the limits of the scientific calculator on iPhones to finding a free scientific calculator app in the Apple Store. That was just before going onto the practical applications for their program, setting up problems, revising problems, and then checking calculations.

We also went through anatomy and physiology, fractions, subtraction, opinion piece essay writing, trauma, data sets, and business writing.

Part of what we do is have those tough conversations. We may write this every week, all of the time, and may even forget we write this every week. Yet one aspect of what we do and stands out remains having those tough conversations.

This week was full of tough conversations. We had to have a tough conversation about why my client wasn’t told they were going to need a scientific calculator in the beginning and now we were closing in on the end of the course with none readily available. We had a tough conversation about being realistic with a resume and how human resource personnel get bored reading them if they all look the same. We had a tough conversation about writing an opinion piece on a very controversial topic and how to word and handle the topic while addressing personal concerns.

We also had a tough conversation about Moses. Yes, The Moses from the Bible. Why did Moses come up?

This past week two local former government officials were sentenced to relatively short sentences for a cheating scandal involving a promotions exam. When the story first broke last year, I put out a meme after a conversation I had with someone about this. I see cheating, clients trying to cheat or at least try to trick the well entrenched system of passing the government mandated exams all of the time. My response to the conversation was paying a tutor to help saves a lot of money with defense attorneys later on.

The next day after the sentencing I had someone I help telling me they were “trash” and had to deal with a meltdown. Later, when all heads were much clearer, I brought up two things. First, two people are going to jail, have lost their jobs, possibly their pensions, and untold unknown lives have been affected by this. Why all of this? Because help was not asked for in the ethical, standard way. Second, remember Moses?

In Exodus Chapter 4, Verse 10, according to the version I referenced, Moses tells God that he cannot speak to Pharaoh due to “impeded” speech. Other versions use the words “slow” or “maimed” and follow it by “slow of tongue”, depending on the translation they are using.

When I asked the person what they knew about Moses, I received the stock answer of Moses led the Jews out of Egypt to the Promised Land. I reminded them most people don’t know or dwell on the reference to the “impeded” speech. Our culture remembers Moses for his heroics, not for his having to ask and drag his brother Aaron along to speak to Pharaoh on Moses’ behalf. I reminded the person that even Moses had to ask for help.

Asking for help is not a negative thing. Asking for help is a necessary part of life. We all have things we need help with. We can’t do it all, not even Moses.

Our Clients Continue to March Forward Successfully With Your Mind in Bloom, LLC (3/5/2021)

This past week we went over academic integrity, composing academic papers, chunking information, organizing information, and going through and analyzing what a teacher or professor is asking for in their questions.

In math, we covered basic statistics, multiplication, borrowing, greater/ lesser than, quadrants, and data sets.

We also covered vocabulary, general science, and anatomy and physiology.

With regards to resumes, in addition to putting them together, we had the discussion about asking for your worth. If you know what you deserve, what your experience is worth, and what the going pay scale is, just ASK. If your potential employer won’t match it, maybe they aren’t the best for you?

As February 2021 Closes, Our Clients Continue Their Glimmer with Your Mind in Bloom, LLC

The month of February always gets a bad rap, including being on of the most misspelled and hardest to pronounce months. Yet February always offers a first smell and sound of spring.

As we wrapped up this final week of February, we had two clients pass their tests to advance to the next level, worked on SMART goals and time management with another, we continued with resumes and math, reading and vocabulary analysis, English language acquisition, anatomy, and general science.

Wishing everyone an awesome March 2021!

We Are Amazed With Our Clients’ Success During The Last 7 Days With Your Mind in Bloom, LLC

7 days have flown quickly for us here.

We began the week with a resume for someone who is looking for a counseling position and then next with spelling, math, and reading. Next, we helped with networking skills for someone who is looking for a project management position.

Following that, we worked on Anatomy and Physiology with a review of the major organ systems. This was followed by linear equations and basic algebra.

Multiplication was a main theme of the week. We covered the areas of positive, negatives, multiplying and dividing fractions, improper fractions, distribution, and PEDMAS.

We also assisted with editing and document review.

We discussed next steps and study strategies with one of our client’s counselors.

We covered electricity basics: AC/DC, UL certification, watts, volts, and why you need a grounder on your plugs for larger machines.

On our own personal learning, we learned about facial trauma, epi, some U.S. history, and had the opportunity to see a turkey vulture/buzzard having a snack up close.

Have an awesome week, everyone!

New remarkable life-changing Weekly Wins at Your Mind in Bloom, LLC for the week ending January 15, 2021

Our wins for the past week include:

Our cosmetology client is now less than two weeks away from her State exam. We went over the differences between cleaning, sterilization, disinfecting, and decontamination in the salon setting. With one of our high school students we went over figuring out the answers through basic algebra and reverse equations (using subtraction to figure out addition and turning that around). We worked on skip counting with three clients. Skip counting is needed and necessary to understand and learn multiplication. We worked on spelling and vocabulary. We worked on fractions and putting fractions in order. We worked on basic angles.

We put together a resume for someone who is looking to go into coaching.

A most unpopular opinion…..

I know I hold many unpopular opinions and here goes another one….I responded to someone advocating for shutting down a local walkway….as a first responder, I can tell you people NEED to get outside and get fresh air and sunshine, when they don’t, it leads to high rates of obesity, depression, self-isolation, not taking care of themselves in general, overdosing, etc. When evaluating patients, there are people who when you ask what they have been doing, haven’t been outside for days and in some cases weeks. Sunlight kills viruses, gives you the Vitamin D you need to build and have a healthy immune system, reduces stress and helps combat obesity, especially more so now with the gyms being shut. I’d rather be outside than in a gym anyway. This shutting off an avenue of relief is causing more harm than good. People are already complaining of packing on the pounds and their emotional states are tanking, I’m actually scared about the mental health of some of the people I know. Packing on the pounds will NOT help people fight off Corona and this is coming out now from New Orleans. E—-, please be considerate and please do not advocate for taking away the one piece of sanity left many people have. I know people are scared and everyone has the right to be but the scarier part, and much sadder, will be the suicide rate and increased health issues, including alcoholism and drug abuse, that will most likely be one of the unforeseen results of this. Tennessee has already seen 2 times the amount of suicides than Corona deaths. What does that say? Please, please, please, if you don’t want to go there, don’t go but many times people need another option and every day with another option or options being taken away, it hurts more and more people.

Reading from the end.

Edward O. Wilson’s small work Genesis: The Deep Origin of Societies can be summed up nicely if you read from the last chapter to the beginning. Wilson argues that social interaction is related to the size of a species’ brain size.

I don’t know if I agree with this or not. Wilson provides a sketch of evolutionary biology, beginning with cells and ending with homo sapiens.

A nice, easy read for an introduction to evolution and biology.

Why be a traitor?

So maybe I’ve walked or driven over the location of the house where Benedict Arnold owned in New Haven, CT. Maybe I did the same of the house where he lived before New Haven. Why would people mark the location of a house of a man who is the most vilified of the American Revolution?

Why did Benedict Arnold become a traitor? History tends to gloss over this question. I had a client who was telling me about learning about Arnold in class. After they told me what he had been learning, I asked if they had discussed Arnold living in New Haven and what he did for the Continental Army before his betrayal?

Guess what answer I got?

Betrayal doesn’t happen overnight. Keep that in mind.

Read The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold by Joyce Lee Malcolm.