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Why I’m Dialing Back Social Media #SOL18

Sure, I bought in the narrative hook, line, and sinker. Join this new social media, you'll be better for it! I got myself Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and used it for good, not evil. I found coaches I could connect to,... Continue Reading →

The Cub Way #SOL18

108 years. 2016 was a glorious year. I had cancer ripped from my body, a stroke did minimal damage to my brain, and the Cubs won the World Series! This last Christmas, I received the book,¬†The Cub Way: The Zen... Continue Reading →

The Power of the Big Brown Cow #SOL18

I'm biased. I love the Big Brown Cow, Brown Swiss. I love the gentle temperament and the fact they allow us to lead them. We've never felt scared working with our animals, yet, if they don't want to go, they... Continue Reading →

Keeping the Classroom Positive #SOL18

Yesterday, I got an out of the blue email from a former player wishing me a happy birthday. I was a bit shocked, because seriously, how would she know? Then I remembered, during our band trip she'd mentioned she has... Continue Reading →

#SOL18 – Day 31 – A Final Slice

#ugh I've written this twice, first a pretty pessimistic piece, and we'll try the positive side and see which one goes up. It's hard to describe this year's slicing. On one hand, my scheduling of posts was horrible. I missed... Continue Reading →

#SOL18 – Day 30 – Hope

One more post about Washington D.C. and I promise I'm done. I've been here three times: once a Boy Scout in 1985(ish), once we drove out with our 6 and 4 year old daughters. We camped for a night outside... Continue Reading →

#SOL18 – Day 19 – Sorry

I thought I could do it. I thought I could get a blog in during days of 17 hours in a bus, days beginning with a 5:35 wake up call and ending with a chaperone's meeting at 10:30. I thought... Continue Reading →

#SOL18 – Day 8 – Balance

Like last year, my slices will be daily things, but I'll also be taking from Mike Krzyzewski's book titled,¬†Beyond Basketball: Coach K's Keywords for Success. Today's word is balance, so I noticed the things around me that dealt with balance.... Continue Reading →

#SOL18 – Day 5 – Snow Day Challenge

We have another snow day. #insertrandomcursewordshere Our district, from one end to another, is approximately 30 miles wide, and really encompasses all of what I see as typical here in Iowa. On one end, pretty wide open flat area, the... Continue Reading →

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