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Looking Foolish

I like explaining things to people. It’s probably why I‘m in the teaching profession. But sometimes when you don’t know what you are talking about explaining things can make you look foolish. Sometimes even wild animals get involved. When I was in high school in Coos Bay, Oregon, I took my little sister, Jo Ann

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The Hint

Published on August 29, 2014 by in Uncategorized

When we celebrated my thirty fourth birthday, I was working at Lamar University as an instructor and writing my dissertation. Both time and money were tight, but I still found time and resources to take Joel, then about five, fishing. We would drive down to Sabine Pass and fish in the Gulf from a pier.

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Playing Possum

Published on August 28, 2014 by in Uncategorized

While we were living in a suburb of Topeka, we had a dog named Bones who stayed in the yard. One night Becky woke up to hear him barking furiously for a few minutes, and then falling silent. Then barking furiously again for a few minutes then falling silent. This was repeated several times. Because

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Butter the Baby

Published on August 23, 2014 by in Uncategorized

I have two younger sisters; Joy is six years younger than me and Jo Ann is 15 years younger. One time when Jo Ann was around two years old, our parents left Joy and me in charge of the baby. I honestly don’t remember what much about that day, but I do remember what happened

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City Council Faux Pas

Published on August 20, 2014 by in Uncategorized

I served as City Attorney for the city of Lansing, Kansas for a couple of years in the late 1980’s. At that time Lansing was a pretty small city, and City Council meetings were held in a small room in which we all sat around a conference table. As City Attorney I sat in on

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A New Hat For Uncle Bud

Published on August 19, 2014 by in Uncategorized

There is something very engaging about tall tales. Those stories that are so far from the realm of reality that no one will be expected to believe them but told in the most honest manner. I love them. My Uncle Bud was a master of the tall tale, and I’m sure more than one of

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It Runs In The Family

Published on August 18, 2014 by in Uncategorized

My grandma once told me, “When people ask how you are, they are just being polite. They don’t really want to know.” I exercise regularly in a water walking class at the YMCA. The class is mostly made up of people my age or older. There is always a lot of chatter in the class,

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Put Downs

Published on August 14, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Put Downs Harry Truman once said that the more power and authority you have the easier it is to hurt someone. Knowing that to be true, I make it a rule to avoid sarcasm or any negative feedback to students in my classrooms. I have tolerated, even encouraged disagreement and debate, and even when the

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Stupid

Published on August 13, 2014 by in Uncategorized

You never feel stupider than when you think someone else is being stupid, and you’re the stupid one. When the boys were still living at home I took them to a Snip and Clip to get haircuts. I told the receptionist we wanted three haircuts and a beard trim. “Names please.” “Marvin, Joel, and Glenn.”

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Gotcha

Published on August 7, 2014 by in Uncategorized

It is disturbing when you first discover your children are smarter than you are. I don’t know when the realization fully hit me, but one event stands out. When the boys were about seven and four, we were playing together in the back yard when Becky called us in for dinner. We headed to the

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