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The Life of a Conflicted Teacher

Working hard to make sense of it all

Looking Back to Look Forward #SOL18

First, Iowa Irish Fest was an awesome experience! Gaelic Storm never fails to amaze me on the show they put on. Being we've seen them for 8 years now, they run some of the same material, but they play with... Continue Reading →

The Page is Turning #SOL18

We've had three weeks of crazy, chasing our tail, oh my goodness I'm tired stuff go on. County fair? #check Moving other daughter in Ames? #check Iowa Irish Fest? #check Iowa State Fair? #check There's one last check off to... Continue Reading →

5 Random Things – #SOL18

I've gone a while without writing, so today, I present an assortment of random observations about the world around me. Some good, some not so good, most just random stuff I've thought about or seen over the last couple of... Continue Reading →

Disappointment, Then, What?? #SOL18

In past blogs, I've talked about my daughter and her singing. She sings like an angel, a really powerful angel, but an angel all the same. #smallbodybiglungs So, imagine my surprise when she tells us that she's not singing our... Continue Reading →

The National Brown Swiss Convention #SOL18

Last week was the National Brown Swiss Convention in Coralville, Iowa. #whoopteedoo This was an event I was generally looking forward to because it would bring together a giant herd of Brown Swiss. At this point in my life, if... Continue Reading →

Long Time, No Write #SOL18

Yo, blog! Sup?? Long time, no write here! I've neglected you and my 17 readers, and for that I do apologize. But yet, a hiatus (wow, finally had a chance to use that word!) was needed. As we looked through... Continue Reading →

A Complaint, then The Week That Was…#SOL18

First, the complaint. Our students get out on Thursday, good for them! I've been flooded with late work being turned in because, starting in April, we said "do it now or in summer school". Our summer school list was released... Continue Reading →

“No One Cares You Are Tired”

Well then, that was rude! 😀 This year, while the students have been superb, their underlying behaviors (drugs, self-harm, drinking, etc.) have caused sleepless nights, as have behaviors our legislature, those in charge of bargaining, and my own family! So... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: Smile, It Makes Your Mouth (and others) Happy

This is a favorite slogan of mine for several reasons, none of them dealing with Twizzlers (which are disgusting IMO). Last night, I stopped to get a tank of gas and a gallon of chocolate milk, and as I waited... Continue Reading →

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