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Friday Thoughts: 5 Things That Have Brought Me Joy

Good morning to my 20 readers (yes, my mom talked a few of her geriatric friends into signing up via email), long time no write. I've read a lot about how joy is being lost in today's world. As we... Continue Reading →

Honor Society Pledge – #SOL19

Last night, I got to see an awesome group of former students be inducted into the National Honor Society by another awesome group of former students. I've not seen many of these students since they stepped out of my classroom,... Continue Reading →

The More Things Change #SOL19

First, this gem, from the music group, Cinderella, one of the top three most underrated bands of the 1980s (by my count). One of my favorite groups from this era, bluesy but metal at the same time. And, with the big... Continue Reading →

Thank you! A State Fair wrap-up #SOL19

Last Saturday, we finished what may be our last Iowa State Fair experience. There was tension between the groups we'd stalled with for the last three years. My daughter was a cranky about many things. My wife was half a... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 14 – Nails on a Chalkboard

I've been a pretty good boy these last 13 days. My blogs, for the most part, have been upbeat, positive, and that's how I'm trying to keep myself. #nottoday Yesterday, my love of middle school was deep and wide like the... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 11 – Slow Down!

This weekend was a trying one for many reasons. First, our daughter brings a truck load of drama where ever she goes. I love her dearly because she's got a big heart, a big voice, and is capable of so much, but... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 10 – Spotify

Now, I'm a guy who likes to physically "have" his music, whether I'm purchasing a CD (yes, I know, I'm 80 and like my cds) or purchasing a digital copy, I like to know that the music is "mine". If... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 9 – A Princess No More

I just posted this on my Facebook page: While her reign has ended, her name is etched forever as Iowa Brown Swiss Princess! Last night, our daughter's reign as princess came to an end. It's a bittersweet ending, because up until... Continue Reading →

Where’s My Mojo? #SOL19

I'm feeling right now like the Iowa men's basketball team. They have a decent record of 21 wins and 7 losses. They have a winning record in the month of February, something not done for a number of years. They've... Continue Reading →

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