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Courage #SOL19

Three slices of courage I want to write about today: My oldest daughter is one of the most courageous people I know. In her 8th grade year, she went to Iowa State for a conference that dealt with women in... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 17 – The Empty Nest is Crowded

Friday night, spring break at college descended on our home as the fledglings returned. Now, our oldest came home for a couple days, and is currently on her way to Branson with her boyfriend. Our youngest is home until Friday,... Continue Reading →

Why I’m Dialing Back Social Media #SOL18

Sure, I bought in the narrative hook, line, and sinker. Join this new social media, you'll be better for it! I got myself Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and used it for good, not evil. I found coaches I could connect to,... Continue Reading →

Well, What’s The Topic Today? #SOL17

#ugh Hey readers! Long time, no blog! I've got a ton of topics, nothing hugely positive or uplifting: Almost positive change in coming in my professional life. Our state legislature is about to follow Kansas and number of other states... Continue Reading →

Messiah – #SOL17

On December 10, the three members of our family still at home sang with our community choir parts from Handel's Messiah. We've done this now for five years, our oldest daughter pulling us into it, our youngest continuing the tradition. We... Continue Reading →

Courage #SOL

First, there's this: https://goo.gl/FFbRnJ My daughter and her heifer, Skittles. This is why I love fair week, because you get to see these kinds of pictures found. It shows that while the 4-Her and her heifer can be bull-headed, a trouble... 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 →

#SOL17 Challenge – Day 24 – Happy

Nothing much today but happy. Happy to see my oldest daughter. Happy to see my youngest daughter struggle with this college decision. She's been pretty hell bent on a certain college (#goHawkeyes), but got a great pitch recently from Iowa... Continue Reading →

Fine Arts – Why Not? #SOL17

First, I'd like to encourage all seven you read this blog regularly to consider the Slice of Life Challenge. Those who participate will blog for 31 days straight and comment on three other bloggers, each one of those days as well. It's... Continue Reading →

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