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What I’ll Miss #SOL

I've been on a bit of a hiatus since the Slice of Life Challenge. My writing mojo, while primed after March, just fizzled with the onslaught of school and family, with the difficulties that each offer. We'll try to return... Continue Reading →

#SOL18 – Day 14 – A Song

Hello from the middle of Illinois on a bus! We started from our high school school about 2:30 and drove to Mount Morris, Illinois, the hometown of our choir director. My wife and I are again, in the middle of... Continue Reading →

Messiah – #SOL17

On December 10, the three members of our family still at home sang with our community choir parts from Handel's Messiah. We've done this now for five years, our oldest daughter pulling us into it, our youngest continuing the tradition. We... Continue Reading →

I Wonder……. #SOL17

I wonder........ I wonder if the Cubs will win another World Series in my lifetime (that's an upgrade from "Will they win a World Series?" - always trying to find the positive!) I wonder why awful things happen to good... Continue Reading →

Music Says What Words Cannot

Thankfully, this isn't a livestreamed blog post. We may need to take a couple of commercial breaks for tissues! I came from a vocal music program in Dunkerton, that was stellar. Our teacher, Marsha Nichols, was about 5'3" and was "that" teacher,... Continue Reading →

A Follow up – Appreciation

This will be a quick blog because it's the end of the year, my students are stressed, I'm stressed, my daughter is flying to Germany tomorrow (which adds more stress), and grades are due in a week. #ack However, I... Continue Reading →

#SOL17 Challenge – Day 13 – Brave

Today's word: brave. This weekend was a whirlwind of activity, topped off with a snow day. Blah. But, that's not the point of today's blog. Saturday, we drove to Forest City, Iowa, a two hour drive to watch our youngest... Continue Reading →

#SOL17 Challenge – Day 9 – Try Hard

  Hello and welcome to Day Nine of our Challenge! Hope this finds you well, full of awesome ideas on how to make the world a better place, on how to help kids find their full potential, or at least... Continue Reading →

#SOL17 Challenge – Day 8 – Music

As a teacher, I shamelessly beg and borrow many ideas that I use in class. (Random note: I just had a student ask me, "Can I write about The Hangover?"   "Well, probably not as it's not school appropriate."   "Awwww!!"... Continue Reading →

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