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#SOL18 – Day 21 – Life Pushes Forward

We spent part of our day on Friday at Arlington National Cemetery. I posted on my Facebook page about how I was humbled by the experience, because until you've seen the rows and rows of headstones, it's just a picture... Continue Reading →

#SOL18 – Day 14 – A Song

Hello from the middle of Illinois on a bus! We started from our high school school about 2:30 and drove to Mount Morris, Illinois, the hometown of our choir director. My wife and I are again, in the middle of... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: So This Happened…..

Yes, it's Saturday morning. Sue me! 🙂 Sometimes, sleep is more important! Last Friday, we said our final good-byes to a co-worker, a colleague, and a friend. It was a cold, bitter, ugly day that I won't relive again, but... Continue Reading →

A Weird Place #SOL17

Our first staff meeting was a couple of weeks ago, and everyone is smiling and happy, the way we should be getting ready for school. After the meeting, our 7th and 8th grade teams met together for a few minutes,... Continue Reading →

A Follow up – Appreciation

This will be a quick blog because it's the end of the year, my students are stressed, I'm stressed, my daughter is flying to Germany tomorrow (which adds more stress), and grades are due in a week. #ack However, I... Continue Reading →

Disappointment – #SOL

My blogs have been a bit down as of late. I'll need to work on that this summer, because the title pretty much gives this away. We'll work backwards from today to last Fridayish with the disappointments: This one is... Continue Reading →

Move-In Day and More Positives #SOL

At first, I was going to write a blog about the end of the year, the stress, the crankiness, and the flood of "you can do it", or "finish strong", or some other positive mumbo-jumbo. I'm tired, and no amount... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts – Random Stuff

I woke up this morning to my daughter's phone going off at 5:45. A.M. Most Fridays, that would be quite all right with me, but today, I'm ready to fling it (and her) out the window. Last night, we made... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts – Sometimes, You Just Can’t

First, happy Friday! 🙂 Now, this week has been an absolutely horrid week. It's May, the temperature is warm up, the birds are singing, plants growing, and a middle schooler's mind turns to thoughts of summer, no school, and mischief.... Continue Reading →

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