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23 Jun

My super cute 8 year old daughter came to me last Saturday morning, all excited. I asked her what she was looking forward to, and she said that Mommy was taking her to “Build-a-Bear Workshop,” to get a new super cute stuffed animal “because it was the end of the school year.”  I had no problem with that;  she worked hard this school year, and did her best at least most of the time.  It’s what she said next that…..

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27 May

People think about lots of different things about during Memorial Day weekend. As most of America has never served (and many people don’t even closely know someone who has), this weekend is mostly filled with concerns about hamburger count, cases of beer, and travel times to the beach.   It’s easy to forget, especially if you have never served, why we even have this weekend in the first place.   For so many Americans, it’s just another holiday. But it’s not. I’m…..

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28 Apr

I was raised Catholic from a young age. From the beginning, actually.  Catholic school since I was in kindergarten, all the way up through 12th grade.  My parents made that sacrifice because they wanted to ensure a moral education in addition to a book education, and felt that Catholic school was the best way to do that (there are others, of course).  So in addition to math, science, and language arts, I also learned about religion and faith.  (Author’s note,…..

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20 Mar

It has come up that perhaps I am not “aging gracefully.” A friend of mine, for whom I have an incredible amount of respect, told me in this way.  “Rob,” she said, “you need to age gracefully, and you aren’t.”  More to the point, I seem to be fighting getting older pretty much every chance I get. First, I work hard to keep up with the cadets I whom I teach. The oldest one is 19; most are between 14…..

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22 Feb

Not another politically driven post, I promise. In this piece, I’m writing about something a bit more close to home…education. Let me start by saying I love my job.  I love working with high school students (most of the time) and the ones among them that are trying their best and doing what they can to succeed make the dealing with the rest of them tolerable. But by and large, we are not doing our current high school students any favors……

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25 Jan

Truthfully, I’m tired of hearing about politics.  It gets exhausting after a while (unless John Oliver is doing the talking, in which case it’s usually pretty funny;  look him up on YouTube if you don’t know who I’m talking about). At this time of year, I also get tired of hearing about football (yes, it can happen).  For me, the best part of football season is about week 6 or so, when you can watch a bunch of different games…..

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28 Dec

With the holiday break upon us, I have suddenly gone from “too busy to think about anything,” to, “lots of time to think about some stuff that’s not that important.”  In doing so, started thinking about what my legacy is going to be, now that I am probably about halfway through my time on this planet (I’m not dying; when I’m 88 I plan on taking an interplanetary flight somewhere else…). At this point in my life, it’s obvious I’m…..

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27 Nov

In my last effort, I discussed how I felt like I was on a used car lot, needed a car, and wasn’t impressed with my choices.   Part of me wishes I could turn back the clock to that point… I couldn’t predict the winner, but I did predict that regardless of the winner, I would be unhappy; in that I was at least correct.  I did exercise my right to vote.  I won’t say whom I voted for, but will…..

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05 Nov

One of my cadets asked me how I felt about the presidential election coming up. I don’t like to talk about politics in class, because it’s too easy for the class to get derailed into an unrecoverable tail spin, so I ducked the question.  But later on it came back to me so I decided to think about how I DID feel about it. And I wasn’t happy. Honestly, I feel like I’m standing on a used car lot, I…..

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10 Oct

On the day after my 44th birthday (or, as I say, my 14th year of experience at age 30), I had several topics about which I could write.  Of course, railing about getting older was near the top of the list, but it’s been done.  The presidential debate was on last night, and had I watched it I could wax philosophic about how far down the turd bowl our political system has brought us, but that’s been done and overdone…..

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