What do teachers need?


A new school year starts this month for many school districts. That prompts me to write a blog entry on “Top 10 Things that Teachers Want” in their classrooms. teacher

This is timely, considering the state of our education budgets, increased class sizes, and the growing challenge of students arriving ill-equipped by cash-strapped parents.

So teachers, if ten parents walked up to you and asked what they could contribute to your classroom, how would you answer that? What’s on your shopping list?

Your answers could range from the basics (paper, pencils, etc.) to the pie-in-the-sky (laptop, SmartBoard).

Please use the comments to reply.

Get with the program


I am not an athlete. I’m a nerd. In elementary school, I failed the President’s Physical Fitness Test. In high school, the most time I spent on a court or field was in the stands, playing with the pep band. In my job as a technical communicator at VSP, the heaviest lifting I do involves right-clicking …
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Thus, blending a bit of my work with my personal story on health and wellness with my passion for writing, I encourage you to read my post on vspblog.com: “Get with the program.”

Let the Tour of California inspire you


Incredible finishes at the Tour de France often stimulate new bicycle sales.
Olympic medal performances often inspire youth movements into local recreational swimming, gymnastics, and sports programs.
amgen-tourSo, let the Amgen Tour of California inspire you to Continue reading

Jingle all the Way: on hiatus for “An Evening in December”


GeeWhiz goes on a one-week hiatus, to focus 100% on my other passion: Broadway musicals. As a cast member of An Evening in December, I’ll be singing, dancing, and “acting” in 7 performances of a Christmas musical that will play before an audience of 7,000. Continue reading

Step Out – Walk to Fight Diabetes


GeeWhiz here. I’ve seen the statistics. I’ve heard the stories. I know the terminology. Geewhiz, my day job even includes working with content that connects an annual eye exam to early detection of diabetic retinopathy.

But in the spring of 2008, two of my coworkers within mere feet of my cubicle learned that they were directly affected by diabetes. And suddenly, statistics became flesh and blood to me.

That’s why I’m walking on October 11 to fight diabetes.

So, if you’re already on a team walking to fight diabetes, I’ll be right there alongside you.
If you’re not walking on a team, visit my site and sponsor me.
http://main.diabetes.org/goto/geewhizkid

10 Reasons to eat more veggies and fruits


Hint: “… reduce disease risk… a natural snack … and convenience” are just three of the top 10 reasons to eat more veggies and fruits, according to the Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Web site.
How many fruits and veggies can you name that you can eat more of? I challenge you to name just 20 fruits and veggies.
Go ahead. I’ll wait…
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Wellness iQ – 7 questions to ask when setting goals


Wellness iQ, our corporate wellness initiative, encourages employees to join teams to increase activity, improve eating habits, and raise awareness of the direct relationship between wellness and employee success.
Our 9th session just started, and to kick it off, my goal-setting questions to all team members are simple:

  • Why am I participating?
  • What rewards do I envision if I am successful?
  • What is at risk if I do not take action?
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Wheels, Heels, and Eels at Eppie’s Great Race


2,000 athletes hit the American River Parkway Saturday for the 35th Annual Eppie’s Great Race, including more than two dozen of our own athletes. tattoos
As a volunteer on the course, my job was photojournalist for our team. I’ll be uploading photos as I get them. For now, bookmark my 2008GreatRace photo site.

For you Wellness iQ team members, notice not one flabby gut among these athletes? Continue reading

Header photo – time to cool off


With California in the midst of a heat wave and firefighters working round-the-clock shifts without days off, now’s a good time to update the geewhiz blog header photo. I know it offers no real relief, nor does it do anything for our men and women serving and protecting our lives and properties as they spend endless weeks away from families.

But with temperatures hovering near 110 in Sacramento, skies thick with smoke and soot, heat advisories, unhealthy air quality warnings, and more fire weather warnings
I just have to give your eyes a welcome virtual dip in the pool.

That’s Bob in the lead, 50 freestyle.

This blog entry may not make sense in five months, but it serves its purpose to educate first-time bloggers to blog customization features.

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New winter header photo (December 2007)

I’m using Jott a lot


“I’m using Jott to transcribe this. I’m calling Jott from my cellphone. It’s going to automatically create a WordPress log entry. Isn’t this cool? Stay tuned for more details. listen

Powered by Jott
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Now that Jott has automatically created this blog entry from my cellphone, I’m here to post a followup explaining what just happened and why I recommend Jott.
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Happy Birthday, class of 76


Celebrating the 50th birthdays of the close-knit gang from the Kennedy High class of ’76, I was amazed.
First, amazed that so many of the core group could get together from all over California to spend an afternoon together.
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Second, amazed that Mr. “A” could make a surprise appearance! And does he look as good as ever!

Third, amazed that Mr. “A” could regale us with such detailed memories of the great 1976 Bi-Centennial trip to Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., New York city, Boston, and other cities I can’t remember. And he remembered so many names, details, and anecdotes!

Fourth, amazed that today proved again how each of us have such a ripple effect on a world beyond our perceived sphere of influence. Mr. A’s ripple in the pool sent many of his “band kids” out to make impacts on families, schools, communities, businesses, churches, and next generations.

I believe you’ll recognize a few faces in this photo album.

Dave, call us to attention.
“Ten-hut!”

~GeeWhiz, JFK Cougars, woodwinds, class of ’75

It’s that time of year: “An Evening in December”


GeeWhiz blog goes on a two-week hiatus, as I focus 100% on my other passion: Broadway musicals. My keyboard and mouse will temporarily become tools for musings on my other blog, behindthescenes.wordpress.com.

The two-week performance run will draw an audience of 10,000 to hear the sights and sounds of Christmas. Set in a small town in Washington, celebrating Christmas with its annual Dickensburg festival, the plot reveals news reporter Bill Fountaine from the big city arriving to do a feature story on the festival. Big city reporter meets Katie, a child performer in the festival.

So, check out my cast member blog: “Behind the Scenes”
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This is Andy Gee, signing off. Now back to you in the anchor room.