Scenes From The Fourth Row

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

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 most days I have to…

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 the summer. It just happens…

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 May begins, I’m marking off…

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 where the house was to…

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 that I would watch over…

Choices

A couple of years ago, my social studies department head asked if I would be interested in representing our school and department at the school district’s annual job fair. I work in a large, well respected district. Thousands of people drive fairly long distances in order…

Backward

When I first began teaching AP US History, I thought I knew a great deal about our nation’s history. I was wrong. Partly through completing graduate school, partly from leisure reading, and partly out of necessity, I’ve learned more about US History in the past…

Reading

I don’t really like to travel. Okay, that’s not completely accurate. I enjoy visiting different locations away from home. I just don’t enjoy the travelling part of travel. I need to get a teleportation device of some kind to beam me where I want to…

Sunflowers

  I love that my kids always want to help me with my garden. Even when they plant the seeds too close together and I have to replant them…even when they step all over the green beans while trying to pick strawberries…even when they freak…

S

When my wife and I found out that our first born was going to be a boy, we did what every set of parents does…we tried to pick a name. We could have just named him after me, but I’m a Junior, and I really…

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Mike

Mike

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

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