Scenes From The Fourth Row

Ramblings about life and some other stuff that I can't remember right now.

Harry

It’s not uncommon for me to spend summers catching up on reading the backlog of magazines I subscribe to or reading various books that I don’t have time to read during the school year. This summer has fairly typical in that sense, but my reading…

Ideals

Once upon a time, I would hear politicians speak of returning the United States to its “Founding Principles,” and I would simply chalk it up to a type of misguided patriotism – the “Spirit of 1776,” if you will. Recently, I’ve come to realize that…

Incomplete

Just a week shy of my fourth birthday, my family I moved to the small rural town where lived until I graduated from high school. I lived there again briefly after college. As we settled into small town life, my mom began dragging my brother…

Facts

Imagine the following scene in a high school classroom near you. “Good morning class! My name is Mr. T and welcome to US History. I can see some of you looking around the room for your old teacher, Mr. O. He’s been fired, and I’ll…

Hope

Warning: This is a post about the election. If you’re sick of reading about it, stop now. You’re still reading. You’ve been warned. This is your last chance to turn back. Still here? Well okay then. Here we go.   After teaching AP US History…

Intensity

A few years back, I got sucked into the P90X craze just like many, many other people. I borrowed the DVDs from my brother-in-law and gave it a go. It was a hell of a workout while I stuck with it…which was about two weeks….

Ideas

I’ve been a little preoccupied the past few months. I have way too many interests, and I often find myself looking at and for new opportunities to utilize my knowledge (or gain more knowledge) about different topics. I’m not necessarily looking for something to do instead…

Sounds

I’ve known for some time that my hearing was not what it once was, but I blamed the stuffy feeling in my ears on my allergies. Surely, I told myself, the doctor will be able to clear me up. So, I got a referral to an…

Fishing

In the days leading up to the Cub Scout camping trip that we went on in October, my son asked over and over if we would be able to go fishing while we were there. He had asked to go fishing numerous times before, and like any…

Heroes

Three years ago today, I lost my dad. His bad habits are what eventually killed him, but he was an extraordinary man who did not fully embrace his own capabilities. He was by far the smartest man I’ve ever known, and I’m fortunate that I inherited…

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Mike

Christian, father, husband, educator, certified personal trainer, Longhorn, college football junkie, book worm, and ever so slightly sarcastic

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