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When school begins each year, I anticipate the upcoming Fall season. It doesn’t begin officially until Sept. 22 this year, but I am already eyebrow-deep in my anticipation of all things related to Fall. Orange and red and brown leaves, cooler weather, hay bales and scarecrows in yards, football season; all of it is my favorite. more
In these turbulent days when much of the news is awash with controversy that rages beyond ugly, my commentary remains blissfully gentle. Cover up my name, and some readers might think Miss Manners writes it. more
“Wake the neighbors! Get the word out! Come on, crank up the music, climb a mountain and shout! This is life we’ve been given, made to be lived out … so live out loud.” +++ more
Last week I started back to school along with the kids. My school is in a new building this year. The community, students and staff have watched with excitement and anticipation as the building was constructed over the past year. I cheered right alongside them as we watched the old building get demolished in June and as the final touches were completed on the new building during our in-service weeks before the first day. more
Historians disagree on the source and date of the expression: once a man and twice a child. My vote goes for Plato’s version penned in 400 BC. I--and many others--chuckle about the truth that lies therein--and the importance of its recognition by each generation. In the here and now, I have been struck directly between the eyes with the impact of the expression’s personal application. more
“Wake the neighbors! Get the word out! Come on, crank up the music, climb a mountain and shout! This is life we’ve been given, made to be lived out … so live out loud.” more
This past weekend, we went to church as usual. My children have been raised in church, so this is the norm for them. While we have been part of several different churches and denominations over the years, the music in all of them has been about the same. more
We can all agree that dullness--particularly for the “Jacks” of the world--is a predictable result when we’re wallowing in unending “work ruts.” Such scenarios rarely crop up in my Uncle Mort’s life, ‘cause at first “scent” of toil, he “sniffs it out.” Like a shifty football running back, his end runs and careful sidesteps usually work. more
Perhaps dream-sizing today of century-old happenings should be linked to individuals with king-size visions of what can be. We can’t get our minds wrapped around ideas of such dreamers whose … more
When I rejoined the workforce in 2005, after nine years at home with my children, I jumped into a preschool environment. It felt like the most natural extension of what I’d been doing at home all … more
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