7 06, 2020

Accepting a Compliment


Today’s words of wisdom were suggested by one of my study halls. The subject came up when I complimented one of the students on what she had done. She, like many people, shrugged off the compliment and wanted me to believe that she bore no special gift and had done nothing outstanding, certainly nothing worth being singled out for.

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7 06, 2020



I like birthdays. In a world where people want to point out what separates us, it’s nice to remember the thing we all have in common—we were all born. When I began teaching, I made it a habit of telling my students about the birth stories of my children.

7 06, 2020

A Gratitude Words


The Rolling Stones recorded a song back in the 60’s that went, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try some times, you just might find, you get what you need.” I interpret that lyric to mean, when you don’t get your way, you better find a way to deal with it

A Gratitude Words2020-06-07T19:56:03+00:00
7 06, 2020

Asking For Help


’m afraid I come by this characteristic quite naturally. First, I’m a man and second I had a father as a role model who was a champion at this shortcoming. I hate to ask for help. In its most simple, harmless form, it might cost me a few extra minutes because I don’t want to stop and ask for help.

Asking For Help2020-06-07T19:50:26+00:00
7 06, 2020

Veterans Day


Last Friday I talked about the historic scene that took place in Grant Park, Chicago the previous Tuesday night. If you had been alive, and in attendance at the Palace of Versailles on November 11th, 1918, you would have been a part of another historic moment.

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7 06, 2020



Thursday is Thanksgiving, which I must say is one of my favorite holidays. There isn’t the pressure to buy the perfect present that there is for some other holidays. Really, all I have to do is show up for dinner and behave myself with my wife’s relatives.

7 06, 2020

New Year 2006


Happy New Year and welcome back to Churchville-Chili Junior High School! The big question is how many times will you write the date as 2005 before you get used to it being a new year? I hate to say it, but when I dated this message, I wrote 2005.

New Year 20062020-06-07T19:37:50+00:00
7 06, 2020

Room Entry


How many times a week do you enter a room where there are already people talking? A lot I bet. Here are three possible scenarios for your entrance. First, everyone drops what they are doing, jumps up, hugs you and tells you how glad they are to see you, That’s a keeper---rare, but a keeper.

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7 06, 2020

Election Words


I want to take a couple of minutes this morning to talk about what I’ve learned by running for Monroe County Legislature these past 9 months. For those of you who don’t know, I ran in the 10th district of Pittsford and East Rochester, the area where I live. I didn’t win.

Election Words2020-06-07T19:01:39+00:00
29 05, 2020

Red Ribbon Week 2


Which do you think is more important, the talents you’re born with or what you choose to do with them? How often do you think about your gifts, the things you do really well?

Red Ribbon Week 22020-05-29T20:21:44+00:00
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