Archive for June 2017

20 Years of Self Delusion

Last week in a post I shared a favorite quote, the gist of which is that people will only act rationally once they’ve tried all the irrational options. About a week ago I found myself having to admit that I’d been acting irrationally for many years. I was diagnosed 20 years ago as a Type…

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A Happy Marriage Celebrates Everything

I started this series after our 37th wedding anniversary and I began it with the best marriage advice I could offer. In part two I discussed the need to show love and respect in marriage. Yesterday, I wrote about being your spouse’s cheerleader. Which brings me to my last rule. Rule #4: Look for things to…

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A Happy Marriage Cheers Each Other

Rule #3: Be Your Spouse’s Cheerleader Remember what a big deal football games were in high school? Students would decorate the hallways. There would be pep rallies and announcements to rally around the team in anticipation of a great victory. Then Friday night comes and the game proves to be an unmitigated disaster. Nothing goes…

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A Happy Marriage Loves & Respects

Rule # 2: Love and Respect Each Other I remember the feeling of standing in front of the church and reciting our marriage vows to each other. There were probably 150 people in the church that Friday night in 1980, but as far as I was concerned they might as well have been painted cardboard…

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A Happy Marriage is Unselfish

Following up on yesterday’s post about how we met, I thought I’d address some of the reasons I think we’ve made it to 37 years of marriage. These will be more or less, what I passed on to my sons before they got married and what I’ll share with my daughter and future son in law…

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Marriage: Sometimes Not Knowing is Good

Sometimes not knowing how crazy something is, is a good thing –     Steve Wozniak, The Pirates of Silicon Valley A few days ago, I mentioned the accident I had at my parents’ house in 1978.  It was August 19, a Saturday, and my parents had left the house for one more grocery store bargain…

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The Spinach Can: A Fathers Day Story

Like a lot of small children, I idolized my father. I couldn’t wait for him to get home from work at the end of his day.  He wasn’t exactly the Norman Rockwell image of a father, but he was special. He was my daddy. As I got into my teenage years I started noticing things…

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Why I Still Teach

About 3 months after I graduated from high school in 1978 I suffered a very serious accident in the home where I grew up. My brother had run out into the garage, and in doing so, had pushed the kitchen door open as wide as it would go. This door had a heavy spring closer…

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Doing What You Can Do

One of the most frustrating things about teaching is seeing students that are perfectly capable of doing an assignment just sitting there. I am not talking about students that are phone addicts, non-stop talkers, or sleepers. The kids I’m referring to are ones who do nothing more than occupy space. Somehow when I think about…

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Vacation: A Crime Against Cats

In addition to sharing our home with our soon to be married daughter, Kelsey, we live with 4 animals, all of them very different. The oldest is a 17-year-old rat terrier named Randy. We were not looking for a second dog when he became a member of the family. The night we got him we…

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