#itsdad ~ Dance like EVERYBODY’S watching!

“Dance like nobody’s watching; love like you’ve never been hurt. Sing like nobody’s listening. Live like it’s heaven on earth.” ~ Mark Twain Hey guys! It’s dad. You can probably relate to this one. I’ve heard and seen every iteration of this ubiquitous Mark Twain quote. I’ve seen it everywhere, from social media posts toContinue reading “#itsdad ~ Dance like EVERYBODY’S watching!”

#itsdad ~ The Strength In Our Scars

“Don’t look where you fell. Look where you slipped.” ~ African Proverb. Yeah. Dad’s unusual, to say the least, but I see scars as something beautiful. Maybe I have to or I could never see myself as whole, but I think that scars, the marks on our bodies that tell our most personal and transformativeContinue reading “#itsdad ~ The Strength In Our Scars”

#ItsDad ~ You Aren’t Angry

This isn’t semantics, guys, so grab some chips and dip, and lets dig in. Words are powerful. Words hurt people and heal people. Words start wars and end them. And although this post might initially seem like a play on words or a clever attempt to get you to see something from a new pointContinue reading “#ItsDad ~ You Aren’t Angry”

#Itsdad ~ Take Your Humility With a Grain of Salt

“Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.” ~ Saint Augustine Hey guys! It’s Dad This is a quick one, but boy has it stuck with me! It’s about humility (being humble), and a simple strategy or point of viewContinue reading “#Itsdad ~ Take Your Humility With a Grain of Salt”

#Itsdad ~ It’s No What You want. It’s Why You Want It?

Hey Guys! It’s Dad. I’ve recently experienced something that has allowed me to be, or I supposed it’s enabled me to be, my very best and most authentic self. I think you’ve seen that. I’m finally becoming the best version of myself, full stop. That said, I’m 54. It’s taken me this long to startContinue reading “#Itsdad ~ It’s No What You want. It’s Why You Want It?”

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.”