Life Lessons

The Spinach Can: A Fathers Day Story

Looking back, I now see that my father was like someone who had been burned in a horrific fire as a child, and he bore many awful scars from it. Those scars were not easily visible, but if you looked at the cautious, frugal way he lived his life, they become apparent.

He did not spend if he could avoid it; instead, he saved and saved and saved.

A Con in a Can

When I was a kid, the idea of a ham in a can (from an exotic, far away land like Denmark no less) was fascinating. The fact that my parents never bought one only added to its allure.

The Battle of Allen

After 2 hours of fuming and doing my best “guess I’ll go eat worms” act I calmed down and regained rational thought.

I thought about how blessed I am to have a wonderful family that includes a grandson I can’t think about without smiling.

Words After the Storm

This morning I unlocked my classroom door for the first time in 2 weeks. I turned on the lights, and standing in the doorway, surveyed my room. It felt as if I were looking at someone else’s class in different school.


Perhaps the greatest reason I don’t get more accomplished is the amount of time I spend thinking. I invest great amounts of time considering options, making decisions, and reevaluating decisions, and I can’t turn that off.