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#SOL19 – Day 31 – A Reflection of Writing

Well, we did, didn't we!?! 31 days of writing. 31 days of noticing the little things. 31 days of noticing emotions. 31 days of being in the moment. #31daysofcomplainingfrommystudents As I looked back at the past three years of "Day 31"... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 30 – Just Another Day

Saturday. March 30th. Just another day. Familiar topics. Basketball. Teaching. Family. Today, we spent the day in my wife's classroom. We slept in, had a slow morning, and took off up to her classroom. Why her room? Supposedly, there was  ESPN... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 28 – With Friends Like This

Way back in the day, we had a third grade teacher who had a tarantula named Harry. Harry was a bright spider who figured out that if he jumped up against his the top of his cage, he could move... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 26 – A Grumpy Slice With A More Happy Ending

I had this really grouchy, ugly slice ready to go. It's been a terrible day from about the start of the school day to where we are right now. However, I read an article about Iowa men's basketball (go figure)... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 23 – And the Beat Goes On

Like I said yesterday, we are in Iowa City to watch the Iowa Women's Basketball team play two games, which is a pretty cool thing. We are also down here to drop off our daughter at Iowa. Right now, we... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 22 – #FightforIowa

    \   Today, was a "family fun day" as my wife called it or as my students said, "You are playing hookie!" #whatever In whichever lens you look at this through (I had to explain to my students... Continue Reading →

SOL#19 – Day 12 – 25 Years

Look at these fresh faces kids, starting their lives out together, 25 years ago today. We'd dated from April of our freshman year in the college (1990), and in February of 1993, got engaged. My mother in law was NOT... Continue Reading →

#SOLC Day 2: An Afternoon for We

This past August, we became part of the "empty nest" culture. Our youngest moved on campus at the University of Iowa and suddenly, it was just us. We've enjoyed our time together, but this winter, frankly, has been awful. True,... Continue Reading →

We Keep Trying #SOL19

I've been playing my last blog back and forth in my head and the disappointment I felt. I've thought about the player involved, the situation, my team, all of it. Could I have done more? Better? Both? So, instead of... Continue Reading →

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