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A Tribute to Barbara Bush

I was saddened to learn yesterday of the passing of an American icon, Barbara Bush. No matter what your political affiliation, there was something about that woman that endeared her to us. I would like to share some of these aspects—glimpses of her personality that I...

Gallant Girlfriends That Have Enriched My Life: Sandi Howie

I have been blessed with wonderful girlfriends at every stage of my life. The next few posts, I am going to describe these laides and share how they influenced my life. Sandi Howie I met Sandi as a little girl in “First Form” (kindergarten) while my family lived in...

A Hidden Gem

A Hidden Gem Today I subbed for a 5th grade class at a small school nestled in a low-income neighborhood on the south east part of town. Stray dogs wandered the streets as I pulled into the parking lot. There were no painted murals of mascots on the gray, cement...

How to Stop Mass Shootings

I just came across this article from Reader’s Digest that describes one teacher’s ingenious practice to identify and treat the lost and lonely children in her class.  After my belly-aching about teachers who don’t do their job, I thought it only...

The Google Classroom Day

On February 14th, I subbed for a third grade class in an industrial, lower income neighborhood. Trash drifted in the gutters and across the brown lawn of the aging school. I arrived a half hour before classes started and got the key from the secretary and hurried to...