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Back to School 2019 Blog Post >>>> One Teacher’s Journey

The First Hour, Days and Years Tomorrow marks the beginning of my 24th year of teaching, and despite the many years that have passed, I remember well my first day as a teacher. In truth, my clearest memory is of the first hour of my first day as a teacher.   Incoming students had to locate their name and room number on lists taped to the walls around…

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A Brunch of Thoughts

My wife and I lead what we consider to be simple, unassuming lives. We still live in the same modest house we bought over 30 years ago when we were in our mid-20s.  That’s a time in life when many couples buy their “starter” homes. Fast forward 30 years and most starter homes in our…

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Dark Skies, Lighter Attitude

As I am trying to go to sleep at the end of the long embarkation day, I’m struck with the thought that this whole vacation might have been a huge mistake. That thought is hardly uncommon for me. I’m hit with it at the end of the first day of every cruise and many other vacations…

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Embarkation Day Blues (Part 2)

The X that means you’re not having any fun today. We finally got into our cabin at 1:45 and were pleased with our selection. It’s an interior cabin, but squarer than the usual rectangular room, and the layout gives us far more room to move around the room than on other cruises. On every cruise…

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Embarkation Day Blues (Part 1)

After an uneventful 32 minute drive from Friendswood to the Galveston, I dropped Becky off at the Carnival terminal where a porter took custody of our bags. Becky grabbed our carry-ons to wait for me while I went to park our car. Even though the lot I always use, Galveston Park n Cruise, is directly…

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The Things That Survive

They blew up the first Pasadena State Bank building today. Yes, I know the modern terminology for for taking down a building like that is implosion. But this was a building of the 1960s, so I’ve decided to forgo the the refined vocabulary I enjoy today and address it like I would have in my…

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The Battle of Allen

I was looking back through some of my Facebook posts and came across this one from 2015. Back then, my only thought was of the medicines that were going to “save me” from the complications of diabetes. In the post I mention how the drug “worked wonders in allowing me to regain control of my…

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A Little Bit of the Griswolds

I tend to spend a great deal of time thinking about the future, and I doubt that I’m in the minority in that. For most of us, this is at least partially a biproduct of our jobs. Each year from the middle of August until the end of May, hardly a day goes by that…

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Something Worse than a Lump of Coal

This was the best picture I got of my grandsons with Santa.  At this moment Liam was still in the curiosity phase of looking at Santa.  Moments later the look on his face was pure anguish. It was like I told him he was getting kale wrapped licorice in his stocking.

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Words After the Storm

I returned to school today for a couple of days of work before the students return next Monday. Even though I am in my 22nd year in the classroom, I confess that I have been wrestling with what I should say to my students when they return. Many will have suffered losses and some of…

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