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Pauline Lerner

July 30, 2005 at 2:08 AM

July is a slow time around here, and August is even more so. Nothing gets done. Everyone is away on vacation. My yoga class is suspended in August. Most of my students are away on vacation. I always miss them. Right now, they’re my only source of income, but that’s not the only reason I miss them. I get so involved with them on a personal basis. That’s one of the things I love about giving private lessons. They’re a self-selected group. They come to me for lessons because they want to do it. If I had to teach a class of 20 kids in school for one hour a week, I’d probably turn into a screaming zombie. I learn so much from my students, and I have the opportunity to give them what I can. For my students who are kids, I get a chance to know the whole family. I especially enjoy this because I have no family of my own. I only wish I could earn a living teaching violin one on one.

Re earning a living: I’m working on my first freelance assignment as a science writer. It’s a lot more work than I had anticipated. Someone else was supposed to do the research for me, but there were serious shortcomings there, so I’ve been doing a lot of the research myself. The subject is interesting, and I know a lot about it. This makes the researching and writing pretty easy. I have word goals, in a sense. I have to write a given number of words for each subsection. This reminds me of writing term papers in college, where I counted and sweated every word. Now Microsoft Office does the counting for me, but I still have to do the sweating myself. This assignment is a lot of work and the deadline is approaching, so I’ve got to work long and hard now.

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