I Have a few Students who are So Low!

Since 2004 I’ve taught 4th and 5th grades, middle school, high school, and I’ve been an adjunct professor. I’ve watched, studied, discussed, and reflected on laws and national education policies and practices that seem to change faster than teachers can truly master them. And all with the intention of helping struggling students to finally succeed.Continue reading “I Have a few Students who are So Low!”

Who Do You Think You Are Anyway?

Recently I was rocked by the news that one of my best friends (and his entire family for that matter) had just dodged the proverbial bullet as he survived a heart attack ominously named “The Widow maker.” It felt like one more in a long line of messages that the universe was sending to tellContinue reading “Who Do You Think You Are Anyway?”

Would You Join Me On the Front Porch?

Food for thought. Unless you’re not hungry. I don’t know why this is the case, but it is. At least it’s this way in the overwhelming majority of cities and towns in the U.S. We build backyards. I know. Mind blowing. Isn’t it? Bare with me. I’ll do my best to draw you in. Then,Continue reading “Would You Join Me On the Front Porch?”

Searching for Solace

Right now, right this minute, there are unhappy people all over the world. Truth…I try not to think about it. I care…a lot. We all deserve happiness. Yes. We all do. People from every race, every age, every creed, living under diverse economic circumstances, are feeling unfulfilled. They’re hurt, they have scars from the past,Continue reading “Searching for Solace”

#itsdad ~ Let’s Go! Let’s Burn Our Boats.

“The only things I’ll ever regret are things I didn’t do. In the end, that’s what we’ll mourn. The paths we didn’t take. The people we didn’t touch.” ~ Scott Spencer – American Author Hey guys. You know that I’ve written about risk and regret. I’ve studied it. I’ve lived it from both sides ofContinue reading “#itsdad ~ Let’s Go! Let’s Burn Our Boats.”

We’ll Always Find What We’re Looking For

As I continue to grow and to practice what I preach to my students and to my own sons, the more I’m convinced that we see what we want to see and what we have been conditioned to see, even if it’s unpleasant. We’re unconsciously looking for more of what we’re accustomed to seeing. SometimesContinue reading “We’ll Always Find What We’re Looking For”

Don’t Spend Another Moment.

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” ~ Nelson Mandela I’ve been hurt, and I’ve been lied to. I’ve been stolen from, and I’ve been betrayed. I’ve been abused, deceived, and intentionally mislead…and I’m grateful for every last bit of it. Ironically, it has ushered peace into my life.Continue reading “Don’t Spend Another Moment.”

Defense. Education. Proactivity.

“I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt Why so many enemies? Why so much division? Why so much pain? So many lost, misunderstood, trapped, and imprisoned. Why does the US pay half of the world’s two-trillion-dollar annual defense budget? And why are so many of ourContinue reading “Defense. Education. Proactivity.”

Making Room for Interdependence

Although this is a topic that I’m often reminded of as it relates to America’s 4th of July celebrations, it’s quickly becoming a much bigger part of my life. Here is an uncomfortable, but hopefully eye opening look at the celebrations of our independence, as a nation…and as individuals. As I grow, my thoughts andContinue reading “Making Room for Interdependence”

#itsdad – The Unseen Battles of Others

“Be kind; for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Although often misattributed to Plato, this one originated from Scottish writer and theologian Ian Maclaren. On the surface, this post might appear to be just another cliched effort to sprinkle a bit of sunshine on your day; but it truly isn’t. It’s here asContinue reading “#itsdad – The Unseen Battles of Others”