2015- My Year of Living Like Ben!

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When I was a teacher, I tried everything to engage my often less-than-enthused middle school students in the art of studying the past. But if I’m going to be honest, teaching history was a thorn. One particular stroke of genius, … Continue reading

Stop Telling Your Kids to Be Nice!

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Lately, I find myself wishing my kids would be more “nice”. Maybe it’s the holiday stress, maybe it’s the family personalities doing what they do best-butt heads. Or maybe it’s teenage immaturity and selfishness getting the better of me. But, … Continue reading

How NOT to Kill Yourself and Your Kids

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I recently looked over my blog posts, and it dawned on me how I must appear to the reader. If I didn’t know me any better, other than what I read on my blog, I’d certainly think I was a … Continue reading

The Lost Knowledge of Citizenship

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Today- the day after yet another election- and the day I sit drinking coffee with a hint of vinegar from a descaling event that didn’t go as planned- I ponder last night’s historic events with wonder and amazement that, yet again, … Continue reading

“Breaking Bad” Isn’t What’s Bad

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It’s been awhile since my last post. I’ve been busy in my non-virtual world, so my virtual world hasn’t had much of my attention. I still don’t have time, but I thought I’d at least comment on something relevant and … Continue reading

My 2 Cents on Texas Textbooks and Related Nonsense

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Now that I am “retired” from teaching, I think it proper to do what retired teachers do- complain about education. And it’s fitting that what irks me most about public school at the moment just happens to also be at … Continue reading

What’s Up Doc? A Lesson (or Several) Learned at my Son’s Latest Doctor Visit.

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  I’m finally taking some time to rant. It’s not my nature (insert sarcastic tone), but sometimes it has to be done. Ranting leads to peace and harmony, in my opinion. It’s like a shaken soda bottle. It’s got to … Continue reading

How Teens are Practicing for Divorce

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No matter your beliefs or background, I think we can all agree that the divorce rate in America is high. Fact: 40%-50% of marriages will end in divorce. Another fact? Divorce hurts kids. Just so nobody thinks I’m railing on … Continue reading

The School Lunch Dance….Thanks Michelle

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  And so it begins, the yearly lunch account battle. If you’re a parent of a teen (or tween, or maybe even elementary kid), you know what I’m talking about. It’s the dance parents must now play with the wonderful … Continue reading

The Worst Best Year of My Life

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Today is the first day of school- again. Like most parents, teachers and students (for my whole life I’ve been some sort of combination of all three), the cycle of a year does not end with Dec 31st and begin … Continue reading