I work with some very fashionable colleagues (my blogging partner in crime, Jason, being one of them). Some of these folks look like they could appear on the cover of some education edition of style. Me? Not so much. So I enlisted the help of my friends at Lee, and for two days I played … Read moreRunway Teacher
I’m gonna apologize now as this may be a rambling post, but it is an important one. You see, I have this friend, Oren. He was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer back on May 30th. While that is important to why I am writing, that’s going to be the last time I mention it. … Read moreFor Oren: No Man Is A Failure…
My first exposure to Robin Williams was his big break – Mork & Mindy. I remember laughing because of the physical humor. I remember laughing because he made funny voices. I remember wanting rainbow suspenders. I remember identifying with Mork who always seemed out of place, and slightly out of touch, because he was an … Read moreTears of a Clown: My Thoughts on Robin Williams
Recently, the family, and I, spent some extra time in the airport. About 7 hours to be exact. Not the longest amount of time someone has spent in the airport, but it was challenging to say the least. And out of that experience, a list was born. I give you: 50 things you can do … Read more50 Activities for Delayed Flights
Tuesday was one of those days. My smile was a facade, it was there, but wasn’t as wide, or bright, or authentic, as it usually is. At one point my daughter even asked me why I wasn’t goofing around as much as I usually do. I was grumpy. I had a bad case of the … Read moreNever Leave Neverland
Almost 7 years ago I became a father. I still remember the swelling mix of feelings – love, pride, exhaustion and fear amongst others. I remember, vaguely, getting the car to pick up my daughter and my wife. My daughter. I was a father. Oh boy. The hospital stay was nice. Cozy. It was like … Read moreA Quantum Leap into Fatherhood
Good books are more than stories. The lessons are like sage advice, and the characters become lifelong friends. I have taught The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (by Mark Twain) for many years now. Unfortunately, for me, we have a new book adoption next year and Mr. Twain’s humorous tale of a young boy’s adventure has … Read more7 Lessons for Life – From an Old Friend
I got a letter in the mail on Saturday from my local representative. It was a nice letter, maybe a form letter – probably a form letter, but it recognized the plight and reward of being in the education profession and acknowledged the difficulties and joys of my job. It was nice to be “recognized”, … Read moreI Appreciate My Teachers
I love the last line of the first Iron Man movie- “I am Iron Man.” It has to be fun and empowering to make a statement like that- it’s like saying, “Dude, I’m a superhero.” How cool would it be to be a superhero? Which one would you pick? I have been a HUGE Spider-Man … Read moreI am Spider-Man.
My daughter is no idiot. This bodes well for me when she starts dating. This doesn’t bode well for me in the meantime because she asks a lot of good questions. Hard questions. However, sometimes she removes me entirely from the equation and makes statements, sometimes astute observations, about the world that she has determined … Read moreAll in the casting.