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Another Late Night Blog #SOL19

It's 10:10 PM (CST) and I'm staring at this screen thinking, "What the heck do I write about?" Writing this summer has been an issue. What should I write about?? I could write about the fact I've got my notebooks,... Continue Reading →

If You Can Be Anything, Be Nice #SOL19

It's been a week to gather so many slice ideas! I could write about the fact that 29 voters in Northeast Iowa, by no fault of their own, had their ballots thrown out on a technicality┬álast night by a Republican... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: Believe in the Best

A fine good morning (or afternoon or evening, depending on your time zone). Today, I'm all out of sorts. First, I forgot to schedule pictures for our club team. Not that it was a huge deal, but "all the other... Continue Reading →

“No One Cares You Are Tired”

Well then, that was rude! ­čśÇ This year, while the students have been superb, their underlying behaviors (drugs, self-harm, drinking, etc.) have caused sleepless nights, as have behaviors our legislature, those in charge of bargaining, and my own family! So... Continue Reading →

Keeping the Classroom Positive #SOL18

Yesterday, I got an out of the blue email from a former player wishing me a happy birthday. I was a bit shocked, because seriously, how would she know? Then I remembered, during our band trip she'd mentioned she has... Continue Reading →

#SOL18 – Day 31 – A Final Slice

#ugh I've written this twice, first a pretty pessimistic piece, and we'll try the positive side and see which one goes up. It's hard to describe this year's slicing. On one hand, my scheduling of posts was horrible. I missed... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: “When You Want To Succeed As Bad As You Want To Breathe”

Keeping the positive Fridays theme I've had going, I'll go to first Eric Thomas then, Allen Zimmerman. I've posted Eric Thomas videos here because the man in just a best when it comes to his story and how he inspires... 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 →

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