The Facebook Quandary

  A couple of weeks ago I received a post on my Facebook timeline from one of my mother’s good friends back in St. Louis. She was sending along best wishes given the crazy amount of snow we’ve received in a very short period of time. Now, my mother has been gone for two and…

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An Attitude of Gratitude

  Thanksgiving may be the best American holiday as there’s so little baggage attached to the celebration. It’s free from religious or political dispute and we don’t have to worry about emptying our bank account for gifts.  Thanksgiving is also a time to be together. According to trade organization Airlines for America, around 25 million Americans…

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Wisdom From a D.C. Cab Driver

I’m writing this post at Reagan International Airport, after working with the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in D.C. for the last three days as part of the Principal’s Standing Committee. My 15 minute cab ride from my hotel to the airport was with a driver named Mekonnen. The cab had two small American flags with stems placed…

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My Favorite Vet

I first posted this three years ago today. I’m re-posting today on Veteran’s Day, in honor of Vic Carozza, my favorite Vet. I have a natural affinity for anything with knobs, buttons, keys, screens, speakers, and sliders, which began at 13 when I earned my ham radio license. My father, an electrical engineer, passed on his love for technology…

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A Blog Posting Challenge

While I barely remember stating it, I put out a challenge to my fellow School Principals in a recent post here and on Connected Principals:  I have a goal beginning July 1…two blog posts a week minimum. Anyone up for that challenge? My colleague Melinda Miller reminded me of this in a tweet today: In…

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Spilled Cups of Tea

It is difficult when a hero falls. Greg Mortenson seemed to embody every part of the hero definition. According to his story, he came upon a tiny Pakistani village by accident, adopted some of the local culture and customs and then his heart led him to take on the cause of building schools throughout Pakistan…

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Early Returns on the iPad

A year ago when the new iPad debuted, many of my colleagues assumed that I would buy one immediately, given my track record. For example, when the first bondi blue iMac was for sale, I bought it in the first month. I purchased my iPod Touch the day it came out and on was on…

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Memorial Day 2011

Thanks to my Father’s experience as a Marine in World War II, I grew up with a healthy respect for those who sacrificed their time and lives defending our American ideals. He never glorified his time in combat in the Pacific theater, yet, through a quiet resilience, I learned to honor those in uniform. Our school…

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