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And They Cried….and It Was Ok #SOL18

Smack me if you've heard this story before! 🙂 It would appear that this team is growing on me because here I am, writing my Slice of Live (late, again), talking about my basketball team. But then again, it's that... Continue Reading →

The Cub Way #SOL18

108 years. 2016 was a glorious year. I had cancer ripped from my body, a stroke did minimal damage to my brain, and the Cubs won the World Series! This last Christmas, I received the book, The Cub Way: The Zen... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: Class Precepts

If you are a fan of the book, Wonder, then you know about class precepts. Mr. Browne would post one of these rules to live by each month and the students would discuss it, trying to gain their own meaning from the... Continue Reading →

My Mission Statement #SOL18

This will be Day 3 of 49 in my 7 x 7 Contract. #pleaseexplain Yes, this drives my wife crazy too, when I don't put the needed details in when talking with her. Sometimes it's the stroke, sometimes it just... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: Don’t Tell Me What You Can’t Do……

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRttFSTDtJQ   Being a Leader in Me advisor for our school (with no training at this point), I'm always on the look out for something that will inspire and show students how to be leaders. I found that last night... Continue Reading →

Looking Back to Look Forward #SOL18

First, Iowa Irish Fest was an awesome experience! Gaelic Storm never fails to amaze me on the show they put on. Being we've seen them for 8 years now, they run some of the same material, but they play with... Continue Reading →

“No One Cares You Are Tired”

Well then, that was rude! 😀 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 →

Friday Thoughts: Smile, It Makes Your Mouth (and others) Happy

This is a favorite slogan of mine for several reasons, none of them dealing with Twizzlers (which are disgusting IMO). Last night, I stopped to get a tank of gas and a gallon of chocolate milk, and as I waited... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts – A Positive Force

I've got another blogs half way done about teachers in Iowa and the Iowa Legislature, but I figured I push a little positive energy out into the world today. Last night, I had the opportunity to attend the Young Writers'... Continue Reading →

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