Our grandchildren shine! (and here’s why)

Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.Philippians 2:15b-16a Today's blog entry is a "proud granddaddy" post. Most of the time the stuff I write about David, Beks, Geoffrey, and Mr. T. is focused on family; but today I have something about school. David …

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learning – and living – as a spiritual gift

"Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are …

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how to “up your game” as a dad

I apologize for the late post today. It has something to do with getting up extra early so I could drive to New River Elementary School up in Wesley Chapel. My friend Lynn Pabst is the principal, and she graciously invited to speak to the Tony Dungy "All-Pro-Dad" chapter that meets at New River once …

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Newtown, Connecticut: so where do we possibly look for hope?

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (Matthew 19:14) Would you look at these beautiful children! This photograph was taken at the pre-school Christmas pageant at First Presbyterian Church Thursday evening. If you want to understand anything at …

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reflections – let the art live!

Earlier this week I enjoyed the privilege of visiting Nelson Elementary School, where I'd been asked to help judge the Reflections contest, sponsored by the Parent Teacher Association. Reflections (which originated with the Colorado PTA in 1969) is designed to "encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves by giving positive recognition for their artistic …

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school-supplies and new possibilities!

his morning I turned on my computer to see literally dozens of "First Day Back to School" pictures and posts pop up on my facebook page. I knew this was coming, having seen scads of big, yellow buses scooting every-which-way while walking Scoutie before breakfast. Rebekah and I may be out of that particular loop …

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teachers, parents, and legislators (Oh my…)

It's hard to believe it's been ten years since I last walked out of my classroom and said "goodbye" to my teaching career. I enjoyed teaching SED (severely emotionally disturbed) kids for the best part of two decades. My work provided a unique opportunity to bring stability, hope, peace, grace, encouragement and love into the …

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Take Your Dog to Work Day (what not to do!)

WOOF! Today - and I know you're all really excited about this - is "National Take Your Dog to Work Day." You can, apparently, register for this event, download guidelines and suggestions, and even submit a snapshot of your dog at work to a "take-your-dog-to-work-day" photo competition. Scout is not overly impressed. She already hangs …

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on shutting down the sausage factories and opening up some real schools!

Wow! I just did the math and realized it's now 10 full years since I left the classroom! Oh. My. Goodness. When people ask about my career I typically tell them I've been a FREElance writer/speaker/consultant for, "Oh, around five years." No deception intended, I honestly had no idea. My fundamental goal, when I took …

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Launching a life-charged summer

Back when I was a school teacher I loved June-August for many reasons. I never taught summer school because those few weeks were  an amazing opportunity to spend time with my own children. Lots of family "field-trips", state parks, bike rides, beaches, the neighbor's pool, museums, board games, books, picnics... and very little in the …

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