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#SOLC20 – Day 24 – Lending a Hand

Since our daughters left the house, we've had more time. We aren't chasing around to swim meets, band concerts, music contests, and all the other things that make life crazy in the lives of high schoolers and their parents. We... Continue Reading →

#SOLC – Day 12 – #26

With all the craziness going on over the last 24 hour with Covid-19, today, it won't be the focus of this blog. #comeondoit Nope, 26 years ago, I married an amazing woman, a woman well above my pay grade. She's... Continue Reading →

#SOLC20 – Day 9 – Visitors

I'm writing this very quickly because this just needs to be documented!  😂 We've had two class periods, then my students got to the exploratory classes (they are in art right now), so my classroom is empty. I usually turn... 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 →

#SOLC20 – Day 2 – Mom to the Rescue

In 2016, our daughter got her first internship at Rockwell Collins as a freshman. It was quite a shock to her AND us, and it also meant she needed transportation. The plan for both daughters, once you enter your junior... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: A Caucusing We Will Go

This is a few days late in being written, but that's ok. Sometimes, you write when you can, and right now, I can! 🙂 Unless you are in a foreign country or live totally off the grid, you know Monday... Continue Reading →

Thursday Thinking: A Season in Review

Our 8th grade girls basketball season finished up in December and I'm not quite sure how I feel about this fact. This is the first year in four years, and the second in 15 years that I won't be coach... Continue Reading →

My One Little Word: Renew #SOL20 #OLW

Good morning and Happy New Year! Yes, the year is well on its way and already World War III has been trending, but I wish you the most joyous of years. It may seem lame, but what the heck? I'd... Continue Reading →

Another Year, Another Decade #SOL19

It's fitting that the end of the year and the decade fall on the Slice of Life day. So many thoughts running through my head about family, friends, opportunities (both gained and lost), so much reflection about what 48 years,... Continue Reading →

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