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“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 →

Change Your Lens #SOL20

"Change your lens." It seems pretty easy, doesn't it? If you don't like the focus, change the lens. Change the view. Change your perspective. #yeahright We watched this TedTalk titled, "Celebrate What is Right with the World", by Dewitt Jones.... Continue Reading →

#SOLC20 – Day 6 – Five Random Things

Today, we spend time with our youngest daughter running around Ames doing a "transfer visit" because she'll be moving from the University of Iowa to Iowa State. Today's slice: 5 random things I saw in Ames. Tall people: My daughter... Continue Reading →

“I can’t always be positive, but I can have faith.” #SOL18

I sat down a number of times yesterday and just drew a blank on what to write for my Slice of Life Tuesday blog. I'm back to "this is simplistic" compared to other blogs I've read lately. The words aren't... 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 →

Be the Change #SOL

"Be the change you wish to the see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi  Good afternoon, happy people! I thought about this quote as I walked into the hallway this morning to greet students as they walked in after a... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: Time

Time. I wish I had more. #saideveryteacherever I say that, but I'm the king of frittering away time. I feel like my adult A.D.D. it always in charge because there are always more jobs than the amount of time that... Continue Reading →

I Know All Five Secrets Now! #SOL

Finally, I know the secrets! 🙂 Ok, so six months ago, I wrote about the book, The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die, by John Izzo, Ph.D. At that point, I'd only read through two of the secrets: be... Continue Reading →

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