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Father, husband, educator, history nerd, certified personal trainer, Longhorn, college football junkie, book worm,wannabe gardener, lover of peanut butter and sarcasm (in that order)

  • 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… Read More ›

  • 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,… Read More ›

  • 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… Read More ›

  • 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…. Read More ›

  • 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.  … Read More ›

  • 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… Read More ›

  • 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… Read More ›

  • 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… Read More ›

  • 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… Read More ›

  • 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… Read More ›

  • Time

    Sunday was my 38th birthday. I’m not sure how that happened. I understand the conception and birth thing. Time has passed, and so on. What I don’t understand is how I can be two years shy of forty when on… Read More ›

  • Breathing

    Today, I started the fifth week of school. I managed to survive the first four weeks, and I finally feel like I’m mostly caught up…for now. As any teacher can tell you, there is always work to do, even over… Read More ›

  • Summer

    I told myself once that if I ever decided to quit teaching, I would not make that decision during the school year. Why? Because even though the school year is mentally and physically draining… Because even though by the time… Read More ›

  • Ants

    My dad built the house I grew up in right smack in the middle of a flood plain on about an acre of land. He had the builders bring in piles and piles of dirt to build up the area… Read More ›

  • Explosions

    I used to love going to the movies. In high school and college, the movie theater was my go to location if I was bored. At home, I had a nice collection of VHS tapes (dating myself here) and DVDs… Read More ›