Conversations on the evolution of social media, learning & the web

I’m Joan Vinall-Cox. My fascination with the web and learning has led me to continually expand my knowledge of the changing patterns of communication that the computer and web have brought us, and the practical use of our new communication tools.I enjoy speaking to groups about the web, learning, education and social media.

Below you can read some of my latest thoughts on learning, the web, social media and its impact on communication and education. If you want to dig deeper, I invite you to join the conversation for more posts and thoughts.

learner, web wanderer, edu-web-consultant, speaker


Monday in the Waiting Room

Monday in the Waiting Room

How hard to be you; how hard to be me.
I walk a path I struggle to see.
You walk a path I cannot share;
You walk a path I do not dare.

I dreamt I wanted to be you,
And fed my anger and my rue.
Now I look and glimpse your heart;
I clasp myself, content to play my part.


How hard to be you,

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The Arms Merchants

The arms merchants recruit the awful hungers
of the power mongers and trim their synapses
with greed
Then power mongers hypnotically whisper
to the shamed and lonely ones filled with rigid angers
and find the hungriest to bombast
“the Others are thieves who want
what’s ours. Stop them. Guns!
guns, guns, guns.”

Making ghosts of our children.

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Small lights in darkness

Christmas Wrong

Christmas is a time of
difficulties and disappointments,
Santa failures
And other losses.

The dogs of hope
snap at the turkey bits
they’ve been whining for
and drop them, snarling.

Joys are seen
backwards in mirrors:
coloured lights on others’ houses
as I drive away.

And yet …
and yet in the darkness
some small light, hidden,
that I can hold

And nurture.

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