Identity Crisis Looms…

This site is experiencing a minor identity crisis. (I’ve been known to say “We used to be schizophrenic, but we’re okay now.”) Without a lot of technical mumbo-jumbo, the “Walter Writes” site has been moved to a self-hosted site found at http://wboomsma.com/. This “new” site contains all of the same great content readers/subscribers are used to, but a whole lot more–including a whole new look. I think visitors will find it much more “user-friendly.”

Unfortunately, folks who followed this site are not automatically added to the list of followers for the http:// “new” self-hosted site. So if you liked the posts/messages you were receiving, you’ll need to follow the new site by visiting it and using the “subscribe” window on the right-hand side of the site. If you visit, you’ll discover that the story about Otis the bus driver was recently mentioned in a Bangor Daily News Article about mentoring… and if you’re patient, you’ll be among the first to learn about a guy named Rudolph who was a victim of bullying close to 100 years ago!Eventually, I’ll figure out what happens to this site… In the meantime, consider visiting http:/wboomsma.com. I’m pretty sure you won’t regret it!

 

 

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We’ve Moved!

Well, sorta… please note that my primary domain is now http://wboomsma.com… and it replaces this site. I will likely maintain this site at some level… but as of September 2016, it is not being maintained and updated so course information shown here may be out of date. Please visit the “new” site!

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October 10 is World Mental Health Day

Facebook2-ShareableOctober 10 is World Mental Health Day, and this year, the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) has announced the theme as, “Dignity in Mental Health – Psychological & Mental Health First Aid for All.” The goal of this year’s theme is to bring mental health to the forefront of the global conversation so people feel more confident and comfortable speaking up, reaching out and getting the help they may need.

Read more about this year’s World Mental Health Day theme in The Huffington Post and find a Mental Health First Aid course near you by visiting  the NAMI website. If you need some help locating a course, just let me know! You can also sign up for one of my Suicide Awareness and Prevention Classes and visit my Resource Page.

My bias is that while suicide awareness and prevention are important topics, ultimately the fundamental issue is mental health–one reason I became a certified mental health first aid specialist for adults and youth. But research also shows that “barely trained” person can deter suicide. Students who’ve attended my Suicide Awareness and Prevention Class report

  • 85% either agreed or strongly agreed they feel more comfortable talking about suicide.
  • 93% either agreed or strongly agreed they feel more confident in their ability to recognize suicide warning signs and risk factors.
  • 85% feel better equipped to help someone who might seem suicidal.

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Site Maintenance and Migration…

Followers may have received a “test” post this morning… sorry for that! We are in the process of migrating where and how my Brain Leaks site is hosted. Other than the test post, followers and subscribers should not receive anything unusual or notice any changes–at least in the short term. In the longer term, you will notice some improvements in appearance and navigation.

One of the reasons this became necessary is that I will be offering some classes this fall with Abbot Village Press as the provider–you’ll be able to register for those classes online!

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Substitute Teacher Classes Announced

classroom-658002_1280This fun one-day program is designed  to prepare people interested in serving as a substitute teacher or ed tech.  There will be plenty of “hands on learning” that will include important classroom management techniques and teaching strategies. We’ll also cover some legal aspects and help you develop your own “sub pack” of resources and an action plan that will get you started on the right foot! If you’ve been subbing, this is a great opportunity for a “refresher” and some new ideas. Attendees will earn a certificate recognized by many local districts. One student comments, “…very engaging with a lot of real life scenarios. I came away with new information even after subbing for a year.” The program is taught by Walter Boomsma, an experienced substitute teacher and adult educator.

There are currently two opportunities to learn scheduled:

Saturday, August 27, 2016

RSU 19 Adult Education
Nokomis High School, Newport
Call 368-3290 or visit http://rsu19.maineadulted.org/

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative
Penquis Higher Education Center, Dover-Foxcroft
Call 564-6525 or visit http://pvaec.maineadulted.org/

Both courses are likely to fill up quickly… reserve your spot early!

Frequently asked questions about substituting are answered here.

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Book Sale & Signing

3x5 ad 2016

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July 10, 2016 · 8:54 am

Memorial Day 2016

On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation!

Thomas William Parsons

A dismal day for parades and celebrations, but perhaps in another way ironically appropriate. Certainly those we remember faced far greater difficulties than we do as we face this day. Let us remember…

Memorial Day

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