Ted’s essays

adult ed class: preparedness

I am offering two classes for the Darby Adult Ed program this fall. Pre-registration officially lasts through Monday, September 22nd. If there are 7 or more registered, the class will take place. One is a 2-hour short course called “Radio Communicating Options“. It covers walkie-talkies to HAM Radio with primary focus on emergency communications. It runs from 10-noon on Saturday, September 27th. Related, but a separate subject, the next 9 Saturdays will have study groups leading to HAM licenses if there is enough interest. Here is what the flyer says about my big fall class: Being Prepared The Boy Scout motto is just at least as valid now as it ever was. Nature and man have a way of delivering […]

create your own website

Building and operating your own website is easier now than ever. The tools continue to evolve in power and in their accessibility to the non-geek market. There are a few ‘secret handshakes’ and tricky bits to getting started, but in four easy lessons, I can have you comfortably running a website of your own, on your own. The classes are every Thursday in March from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the Darby Library meeting room. There are currently FOUR students excited about taking the class, but Darby Adult Education requires a minimum of SEVEN to make it go. These four future webmasters need company. Student fees are $16 regular and $8 Senior. Domain purchase online on the first day of […]

build your own website

Among the Darby Adult Ed classes open for signups until Wednesday are four I’m offering to teach. As with all of their classes, 7 or more students have to sign up in order for them to happen. The complete listing of classes is here: Course Information Spring 2014 Signups are open until Wednesday the 22nd — Easily Develop and Publish Your Website Easy to use, personalize and share, WordPress software makes building your own website accessable to non-technical people. You get to focus on publishing your words, pictures and designs. This course will take you from domain naming, buying, establishing, privatizing and building an easy-to-maintain website. Students will have to make an online purchase with their credit card for domain […]

learning Linux

Among the Darby Adult Ed classes open for signups until Wednesday are four I’m offering to teach. As with all of their classes, 7 or more students have to sign up in order for them to happen. The complete listing of classes is here: Course Information Spring 2014 Signups are open until Wednesday the 22nd — Installing and Using Linux On Your Computer For beginning and advanced computer users, this class will begin by installing the most popular version of the Linux operating system on your portable or tablet computer. Linux can be installed beside Windows 7, ME and others (not Windows 8), allowing you the choice of your old Windows operating system or new Linux every time you start […]

Ham radio classes – every Saturday in October

Bitterroot Amateur Radio Club is presenting classes in the Darby Library Saturday, October 5, 12, 19, 26 scheduled from 2:00 – 5:00 At the end of the class session, perhaps the following Saturday, there will be FCC license testing for Technician, General and Extra licenses. There are no class fees, but the books cost $29.95 and the testing is $15 to the FCC. The instructors who normally hold their classes in Hamilton and Stevensville are bringing their school to Darby for the first time. This is wonderful for us and very nice of them. Again I mention, they charge nothing for their classes, time or travel. I don’t know, but maybe they like cookies. Anyone attending all the classes AND […]

ham radio open house in Darby

Saturday, September 14th from 10:00-1:00 the Bitterroot Amateur Radio Club (BARC) will be hosting an Open House at the Darby Library. There will be experts in radio, several types of ham radios set up for demonstrations, information, and signups for local classes. If there is enough interest, BARC will offer classes with enough information that students can earn the FCC Technicians license… in the South Bitterroot at the Darby Library. All we need is a dozen of us, and the instructors will make the drive to us from Hamilton, rather than the students making the drive north for the classes. They do it completely for their interest in sharing the knowledge and enhancing private communications. The instructors are unpaid. Classes […]

handgun coaching

Last night I had one returning handgun student and two new ones. I asked the one if he had been practicing his hand positioning. “A little. Not enough.” He keeps wanting to put his off thumb across the back of the gun instead of safely on top of the shooting thumb. I had to watch like a mother hen and constantly remind him throughout our first session. “Don’t forget! I don’t want you hurt.” I helped his wife get started. Even with a hammerless revolver, I insist on proper hand position. You are likely to use a semi-auto someday. About that time, her husband comes over to show me his bleeding thumb. “I won’t forget now.” I believe him on […]

American hero; American tragedy

Morgan Freeman’s essay on the latest school shootings covers an important aspect of it. Mainstream media is quite clearly guilty of sensationalizing the murderer which encourages imitators. Morgan suggests we would be much smarter to remember at least one victim’s name than that of the sick perpetrator. I agree that is an important aspect and great point. I propose Victoria Soto, 27. She was a first-grade teacher who liked to tell stories about her students. She lived in a pale blue house with her mother and three siblings, sometimes shoveling snow from an ailing neighbor’s walkway. When the shooting started Vicki hid her kids in closets. When the gunman came into her room she told him the class was in […]