Coffee With

Dr. Judy

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Grab a cup of coffee and join me for a chat. We can get caught up on old times or share a favorite story or memory. Social media has descended upon us with a vengeance and the pandemic has ended our coffees together. Topics of interest we may have in common are being a parent or grandparent, teaching and schools, senior living, writing poetry, Amana, Iowa, C.H. Wendel and Letter Press printing.

Over the last almost 50 years as an educator, I taught at Weeks Junior High, was an administrator at Brody Junior High, Des Moines Technical High School., Central Campus and Adult Education. I taught for nearly 10 years for various colleges and universities including Drake, William Penn, and Des Moines Area Community College.

If you are a friend, colleague, classmate, letterpress printer or one of my thousands of students, I am sure we will have lots to chat about. I am retired from traditional teaching but still have lots to share and the urge to keep teaching and learning. I want to learn about you and what you have been doing since we last were together.

I have been doing quite a bit of creative writing and would like to share with you some of my poetry and future publications. I am working on the story of my life with Chuck Wendel and serving as his caretaker for most of our time together after his stroke. I have looked back at all those unfinished stories and creations of my past and am working on several you might like to see. Being alone now gives me time to learn more about new technology and use it to reach out to former students and friends.

I am glad we found each other again.

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Parenting

Unforeseen Consequences

Unforeseen Consequences

Several years ago, I wrote a course called Case Studies in Moral Leadership. The course 

analyzed the decisions of leaders and focused on the unexpected consequences of their decisions. One study was of Truman’s decision to

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Kitchen Table Poetry

Kitchen Table 2021

At The Kitchen Table Again

The years have passed, so quick they  fly.

Some I loved have said goodbye..

Alone I sit;  no longer cry 

Because of my sweet memories.

If  poem or random thought descends,

I use my time to now attend

The call of

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Teachers and Teaching

Unforeseen Consequences

Unforeseen Consequences

Several years ago, I wrote a course called Case Studies in Moral Leadership. The course 

analyzed the decisions of leaders and focused on the unexpected consequences of their decisions. One study was of Truman’s decision to

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Coffee Chats

Checking In

One of the good things about the technology now available to us is the way we can reach out to family and friends with text messages.  While our children and grandchildren make use of it constantly, it

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The Good Ole Days

Technology and Me: Television

Technology and Me: Television

My father built our first television set. After he was discharged and working for a bank machine company, he took a correspondence course from  Heath, and built tools to begin learning all about electronics.  That

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Just for Laughs

Stop Me If You Have Heard This

Stop Me If You Have Heard This

We old folks all have our favorite stories.  We like to share special memories with friends and family. Sometimes we learn as time goes by that we only knew one side

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Coming Publications

Amana Days

Amana Days

I have continued to think and rethink how to tell the story of my life with Chuck Wendel. He was a remarkable man, and though he became severely disabled less than a year after we

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Letter Press

Time Consuming Productions

Time Consuming Productions

My love of printing will never fade. Spending so many happy hours with my spouse, Chuck Wendel, in our letter press shop compels me to try  to find ways to keep being creative with letters

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C.H. Wendel

I Read It In a Book

Chuck Wendel and I often got in heated discussions about a variety of things. Often, we would argue about whether or not a word he used was actually in the dictionary. One of our biggest brouhahas

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