22 08, 2020

Spring Poems


The last week or two, with their heavy rains and warmer breezes have truly reminded us that winter is gone and spring is gaining on us every day. I thought it would be nice to see what people have said over the years about the magic of Spring.

Spring Poems2020-08-22T20:22:33+00:00
7 06, 2020

Where Your Heart Wants to Go


As a teacher I often think, “If only I could reach this student or that.” I think, “if only I could touch that part of him or her that will really get him or her interested in learning.” Sometimes it can be a frustrating search, but other times, the answer is so close I have to try to hard miss it.

Where Your Heart Wants to Go2020-06-07T20:49:38+00:00
7 06, 2020

“Peanuts” Trust


Tomorrow is Election Day in the United States. I guess you would have had to be living in a cave to have missed that fact. It seems to me that this election cycle has been going on forever. In fact, it has been in full swing for more than a year-and-a-half. The French system of a six week campaign begins to seem pretty good.

“Peanuts” Trust2020-06-19T19:11:19+00:00
7 06, 2020



Do you ever have trouble making decisions? Do you decide to do something one way only to have a friend tell you it’s a dumb idea? Join the club of wafflers. In the political world, being a waffler is considered a very bad thing.

7 06, 2020

Pooh Reading Value


Welcome back. I like three day weekends. This one was especially nice for me because I got to visit my 11 week old granddaughter Sidney. It’s nice to be surrounded by baby things. On my way home I heard a story on NPR that said yesterday marked the 80th anniversary of the book, “House at Pooh Corner,” by A. A. Milne.

Pooh Reading Value2020-06-07T20:26:50+00:00
7 06, 2020

Can You Be Counted On?


Are you a person who can be counted on? Is your answer, yes, no or sometimes? It’s a really important quality to be reliable, to be able to be counted on. It means that if your friends are asked what kind of person you are, they’ll be able to say something positive. Write down a description of yourself.

Can You Be Counted On?2020-06-07T20:20:08+00:00
7 06, 2020

Spring Fever


Spring fever has officially set in at Churchville-Chili Junior High School. That has both its good and its bad sides. The good is that people generally have more energy in the spring; more daylight seems to transform into higher moods. The bad news is all of the above—more energy and higher moods.

Spring Fever2020-06-07T20:12:20+00:00
7 06, 2020

Handling Anger


When is the last time you were really angry? Can you remember what it felt like I can. My heart rate picked up. My temperature rose. I felt incredibly focused on doing harm to the person I was mad at. Anger is a really strong emotion, but the thing we forget sometimes is that it goes away, in most cases, almost as quickly as it comes.

Handling Anger2020-06-07T20:08:24+00:00
7 06, 2020

Honesty Mirror


Last time I talked about self respect and respect for other people. Our ability to get along with others depends on our ability to get along with ourselves. One of the key ingredients in that process is honesty.

Honesty Mirror2020-06-07T19:52:33+00:00
7 06, 2020

Thanksgiving Words


Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a holiday which seems uniquely American with its history of Pilgrims, Indians and Plymouth Rock. The history that we will celebrate tomorrow is our own, but the need to be grateful and to express our thanks is as human as it gets.

Thanksgiving Words2020-06-07T19:32:51+00:00
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