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A Win, but Not #SOL19

We've been playing terrible basketball in our first four games. I pride myself and our teams on playing good, solid defense. We've not done that, allow teams to score around 35 points per game. In the last three years, I've... Continue Reading →

“I Don’t Care!” #SOL19

Note: This was to be done at the BEGINNING of November. I've been struggle to write even though my mind is cluttered with stuff to get out. Please excuse my lack of commitment and enjoy today's blog! ūüôā First, Happy... 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 →

Parenting: It’s Hard Work #SOL19

We are in the process of watching our¬†two adult children (they would either nod their heads or roll their eyes at this statement) grow into responsible adults. Our oldest has enough money saved from internships that she could pay for... 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 →

There’s No Tired…..#SOL19

......like¬†the "beginning of the school year" tired. Yesterday was Tuesday. Tuesday is my writing day. Tuesday is Slice of Life Day. #Ijustcouldnotdoit I remembered at 9:45 PM as I was crawling into bed, "Damnit, I didn't¬†get anything written today." It... 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 →

When Will We As a Profession Learn or A Tale of Two Teachers #SOL19

I've had this written down for a few days now. It's gotten into my craw and is festering until I get it written, so why not now? First, I've written about this twice, first in 2015 in a blog titled,¬†A... Continue Reading →

Monday Muddlings – Charleston: Our Arrival

This begins in March, our 25th wedding anniversary, when we decide where we want to go. Over the years, we've¬†gone to a variety of places (Niagra Falls, San Antonio, and New Orleans) with an anniversary band thrown in for good... Continue Reading →

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