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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Ideals

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 either through my own naivety or a lack of understanding [...]

Incomplete

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 and me to the local Baptist church. (These roles were [...]

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 Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor, and went for my appointment [...]

Fishing

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 good father I just kept saying, "I'll take you sometime [...]

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 a little bit of that. He was my mentor and [...]

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 remind myself that I'm an adult now so I should [...]