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The Life of a Conflicted Teacher

Working hard to make sense of it all

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Darin Johnston

Just a guy from Iowa, who's suddenly found himself at a place in life he never expected to be 20 years ago! I live on an acreage with my wife, two daughters, two dogs, seven cats, chickens, two cows, and quarter acre garden. Find me at my blog: Life of a Conflicted Teacher https://iowaconflictedteacher.com/

#SOLC21 – Day 3 – Music For the Soul

There are days where I truly wonder, why do I leave my room? I'm an introvert trapped in an extrovert's job and somedays, it's just painful to get out and be social. And that's not to say that I don't... Continue Reading →

#SOLC21 – Day 2 – The Universe Speaks

Sometimes, things pop out and just seem to yell, "HEY, PAY ATTENTION!" I got two emails from very different places, within two hour of each other. They both made me stop what I was doing a take a good inventory... Continue Reading →

#SOLC21 – Day 1 – I am…..

Good morning to all writers, new and old, to the March Slice of Life Challenge! I will be perusing the Two Teachers site soon, looking for new faces and connecting with old "friends" that have been here much longer than... Continue Reading →

Frustrated, Inc (But Maybe Not)

Frustrated, Inc feels like our lives right now. Pandemic, social unrest, educational battles, Iowa basketball, hell, daughters! 🙂 https://youtu.be/GLQ2TIul8pI In 1995, Soul Asylum wrote and performed a song titled Misery, where they sang about "Frustrated, Incorporated". We could build a... Continue Reading →

If You Could Do It Over…..

One of the things that I love about having a WordPress blog is that I can look at all these numbers. I can see views and likes and comments and all sorts of data that really has nothing to do... Continue Reading →

Good Bye, Old Friend

The last couple of years, we've not had good luck with the cats in our lives. The cat our daughters grew up with, Slick, was 15 or 16 years old, but had stopped eating, so we'd scheduled an appointment at... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: And She Cried, Part 3

PLEASE NOTE: This was written in December, so a lot has happened since then. However, the meaning and emotion of the writing is eternal. I hope it speaks you in February the way it spoke to me right after that... Continue Reading →

Clarity In Chaos – #SOL21

Kids were grumpy. It was ridiculously cold. I forgot my lunch. And I didn't get my Slice of Life post written on Tuesday. Not a big deal, but not a good sign as we are closing in on the 14th... Continue Reading →

“What would I do if I wasn’t afraid?” #SOL21

First, welcome to Iowa, where the beer is colder in garage than it is in the fridge. Actually, if I had beer in the garage, they would have exploded all over the place by now! As I drove to work... Continue Reading →

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