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#ISleepto Achieve

“There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.” -Homer, The Odyssey I suffer from sleep apnea. What that means is that my airway is frequently obstructed while I sleep. I stop breathing. I snore. I wake up tired. This condition has actually taught me the value of sleep. […]

I Blame YouTube

I blame YouTube. YouTube is the parenting equivalent of performance enhancing drugs for athletes. It allows us to think that we can do ANYTHING. Because of YouTube, I have fixed my dryer (okay, mostly fixed my dryer – I still needed help), my air conditioner (okay, mostly fixed my air conditioner – I still needed […]

A Lesson from Langston

Better Parenting through Fiction:  Langston Hughes is one of my favorite writers. I could tell you why, but that is another post. Recently, I read Thank You Ma’am with my students and saw it with fresh eyes. If you are unfamiliar with the story, I highly recommend it. It is a short read. Read it. Or listen […]

Headed to Brickworld

The Lego brick has been with me my entire life. Some of my earliest memories are with tinkering with bricks from various sets that I owned – making my own creations. Flash forward to fatherhood and the Legos are still here. Now I tinker and encourage the imaginative creations with which my kids create, and […]

Ordinary People 

The ordinary people didn’t make it on my wall.  Like so many other kids, my walls were coated with posters and clippings of stars. Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson, Mark McGwire, Jennifer Capriatti (one of my first pro crushes), Mark Price, Nolan Ryan, Charles Barkley. The list could go on and on.  I wrote phrases on […]

Think: A Lovely Beard

I think have discovered a secret. I think I have.  I think I know where thoughts come from.  Have you ever watched someone have a think or develop one?  They usually are touching their chin or their forehead when they do. Now, I realize that some will say this is a nervous habit, a sign […]