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A Complaint, then The Week That Was…#SOL18

First, the complaint. Our students get out on Thursday, good for them! I've been flooded with late work being turned in because, starting in April, we said "do it now or in summer school". Our summer school list was released... Continue Reading →

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 →

#SOL18 – Day 6 – Will We Ever Get Ahead?

Yesterday, we reviewed our retirement savings plan. #yikes My earning power could easily be frozen by a total contract rewrite, courtesy of our collective bargaining being stripped away. #willweevergetahead We do the right things. We save. We don't splurge on... 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 →

A Recap of #PatioPD – #SOL17

This past July, I had the opportunity to take a grad level class in a bar. #Seriously I know, I was a bit flabbergasted too. I mean, what would be accomplished in a place like that? Apparently, quite a bit!... Continue Reading →

Courage #SOL

First, there's this: https://goo.gl/FFbRnJ My daughter and her heifer, Skittles. This is why I love fair week, because you get to see these kinds of pictures found. It shows that while the 4-Her and her heifer can be bull-headed, a trouble... Continue Reading →

Disappointment – #SOL

My blogs have been a bit down as of late. I'll need to work on that this summer, because the title pretty much gives this away. We'll work backwards from today to last Fridayish with the disappointments: This one is... Continue Reading →

Be the Change #SOL

"Be the change you wish to the see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi  Good afternoon, happy people! I thought about this quote as I walked into the hallway this morning to greet students as they walked in after a... Continue Reading →

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