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#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 8 – Finding Happy

Today was a day about finding the happy going into next week. Since Christmas, our class has been different: rude, disrespectful to each other, to us, and other teachers, apathetic, and just plain ornery. Now, this certainly is not the... Continue Reading →

Charleston: Day Two – Fort Sumter #SOL19

We started today like we would the rest of the week at The Meeting Street Inn, with a gorgeous breakfast. Today options: fresh pineapple and canalope, yogurt with blueberries and strawberries, topped with granola, scrambled eggs and sausage patties, and... Continue Reading →

A blog from the past: We Are On A Special Kind of Team

I've been looking back at my writing. Some of it's drivel, but some of it hits messages that I try to talk to my students about in class. This one is five years old (damn) but the message is one... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Noticing Joy

Welp, we aren't challenged to write every day, but I'm still noticing things around me   #wheresmydangnotebook Today, it's happiness, because I need a jolt of that right now. So, what I've noticed recently: First and foremost, the Iowa Hawkeye Women's... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 27 – A Writing Routine

What the heck is a writing routine? #askingforafriend I don't have one, thus, I'm writing about it. Makes sense in my mind, but whatever. The last few slices, I've scraped by, just getting my blog and commenting done before the cut... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 13 – Guest Teaching

Just to be clear, I love teaching middle school. I love the crappy attitudes that really say "I need you", I love the smell of body odor and Axe in the morning, I love the quirky "I need to find... 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 last night by a Republican... Continue Reading →

Disappointment, Then, What?? #SOL18

In past blogs, I've talked about my daughter and her singing. She sings like an angel, a really powerful angel, but an angel all the same. #smallbodybiglungs So, imagine my surprise when she tells us that she's not singing our... Continue Reading →

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