Progress

Progress

When I was eight years old, my parents took me to Disney World. One of the most memorable parts of that trip was getting stuck on the Carousel of Progress. (As I typed that sentence, the irony just smacked me in the face.) I freaked out. Not like a little scared. Like I was crying [...]

Seniors

Seniors

This morning, our high school had the first of two graduation ceremonies. Because the class is so large (around 1100 students) social distancing procedures required that graduation be split into two. Watching the first ceremony on the Internet this morning was surreal. The chairs spread out all over the football field so graduates were not [...]

20 Years

20 Years

I graduated from the University of Texas twenty years ago today. I'm not sure how I feel about that. The word "old" comes to mind. My time in college was very pivotal for me. I changed more in those four years than I have during any other four year span of my life. And most [...]

Perfectionist

Perfectionist

I was reminded a couple of weeks ago by my principal how much of a perfectionist I am. Teaching from a distance and not being able to check up on all of my students has been very difficult for me to stomach. He reminded me that I'm doing the work, and that's all I can [...]

Dress Codes

Dress Codes

Trying to look on the bright side of life here... One of the nice things about teaching high school from a distance is that I can really focus on the content and how I am delivering it. While recording my lessons, if I mess up, I can stop and do it over. I also don't [...]

One Day

One Day

There's so much that I want to write, that I'm having a hard time writing anything at all. There is a new normal for so many people right now. I'm having to learn how to teach two Advanced Placement classes remotely while also trying to help my wife (who is remotely working as a school [...]

Beautiful Life

Beautiful Life

A quote often attributed to Abraham Lincoln seems fitting right about now. "Life is hard but so very beautiful."Attributed to Lincoln, but I have not been able to verify this. Still, it's a great quote. There is a lot of uncertainty right now about what will happen next. All of the schools in our areas [...]

This New House

This New House

I typically use the time during Spring Break to relax and get recharged for the final quarter of the school year. I guess I have done that to a certain extent so far this week, but we are also still using the break to get things situated in our (relatively) new house. Sunday was the [...]

Return to Sender

Return to Sender

As if getting hearing aids at 38, bifocals at 41, and having creaky knees wasn't enough, I got this in the mail yesterday. Really?!? I really don't want or need any help feeling older than I am, thank you very much. I also know that this probably wasn't actually for me. Many of those advertising [...]

Resolutions

Resolutions

One year when I was young (I don't remember how old...elementary age), I asked my mom what her New Year's resolution was. She said she didn't have one. This struck me as odd. I thought all grownups HAD to have resolutions. When I inquired further, she said something that has stuck with me since that [...]

Freedoms

Freedoms

As a teacher (and forever a student) of US History, one of my favorite presidents is Franklin Roosevelt. Whether or not one agrees with his policy actions, the thing that most impresses me when I read about Roosevelt is how in tune with the American people he was throughout his time in office. Sure he [...]

Hiatus

Hiatus

It seems I've taken an unexpected hiatus from my blog for a while...not that I expect many people noticed or cared. And that's fine by me. Sometimes we just need a break, even from things that we really enjoy doing. Writing here is as much therapy as anything else. A friend of mine asked me [...]

Movies

Movies

As soon as I was old enough to drive, I started going to the movies whenever I could. I still have all of the ticket stubs from the movies I watched my senior year in high school and my freshman year in college. I don't know why. I just do. When I got older, married, [...]

Sapiens

Sapiens

Another book recommendation that showed up on my Kindle recently was Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. I'd seen the book at the store and on the Internet, but I had no idea what it was about except that it said it was the history of homo sapiens. Kind of a broad topic, but it was [...]

Graduation

Graduation

So my adventure in getting rid of most social media ended sooner than I expected. But before you think of me as weak-willed, let me explain. In the past few years, my main activity on Facebook is to watch over many of my former students to see how their lives are going. As of today, [...]