Monthly Archives: October 2014

The common core or the common good: Are we losing the battle today in the war for tomorrow?

Deep in the woods, lying in a hammock swaying back and forth, I daydreamed while watching the sun disappear and reappear between the tree tops. It reminded me of sparklers on the 4th of July and the joy I felt … Continue reading

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Your spouse or your kids? Who comes first?

The day I found out I was expecting my first child was sort of like the day I learned I’d been accepted to college. I knew I applied but there was a small part of me that was terribly afraid … Continue reading

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To be a Mrs. Littlefield

I sat with my mentor teacher as parents strolled in for their conferences. I listened as Mrs. Littlefield praised each child to their parent. Her demeanor always cheerful as she described each students strengths, both in character and academics, before … Continue reading

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5 sparks to ignite a Sense of Wonder

“Come in and sit down quietly, open your binder and get your pencil.” So in we usher our brillant minds of tomorrow. They must learn this content and score good on the test (for many of my friends in education, … Continue reading

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Your child’s spiritual report card

It’s the end of the first marking period at my school and everyone, students and teachers alike, are working like mad to finish up work. Tonight parents and teachers will convene in the gym for conferences. Much of the dialogue … Continue reading

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Rescuing Supermom

Our ride home from school is about 30 minutes. Depending on traffic – and temperaments – this is usually a great time to hear about my kindergartner’s day and steal a few traffic light tickles from my two-year-old. During a … Continue reading

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Dance like no one is watching

Curls bouncing as she twirled around, little dress flowing, humming to herself as she danced to the song in her heart. Lost in her own world in a room full of people. As I watched my daughter from across the crowded … Continue reading

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Baby Einstein or a Cardboard Box?: Give our children back their childhood

I’m a good husband. Really, you can ask my wife. I learned a long time ago wives are always right. And when husbands are right, they are still wrong. So there you go, recipe for nearly 20 years of marriage. … Continue reading

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My public apology to minivans, fanny packs, and mom jeans

I used to be cool. You probably couldn’t tell by looking at me now, but trust me, I was cool. My life used to include the things that cool people do like go to fun parties or stay out past … Continue reading

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Words Stir Me

Words stir me. Both written and spoken words have shaped, motivated, challenged and encouraged me. As a believer and follower of Jesus Christ it is no wonder the power of words in my life. “In the beginning was the Word, … Continue reading

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