Tag: viewpoint

A passed torch

A passed torch

I’ve become the old guys I grew up around. My youth was filled with a fascinating blend of old timers that I joyfully gleaned much of what I needed to know about life by just hanging around with all of them. They were mostly retired, blue-collar guys; my grandfather worked on an assembly line making […]

Showing some resolve

“When a person is accountable to someone else for doing what they said they would do, they get stuff done. They make changes they’ve been toying with for years. They reach their goals.” - Shana Montesol Johnson Accountability. People can’t help you with achieving anything if they don’t know what you are trying to achieve. … Continue reading Showing some resolve

Onward

Faded are July’s warmth, summer’s cheers. Supplanted now by sundry, encroaching hints of cooler days; forgotten expectations, procrastinated chores now mothballed, he can only now muse without dwelling on what won’t be. Could-have-beens and maybes aren’t statistically meaningful; they never really were, except to others in relation to their expectations and dreams on his behalf.  … Continue reading Onward

Resolved

A new year. New opportunity. Fresh starts. January is the elephant graveyard of motivational clichés and good intentions to better one’s self. By February, the carcasses in various stages of resolution decay will litter the place, and by March, the clattering of dried bones will greet visitors - new arrivals, mostly. They will have instinctively … Continue reading Resolved

Crashing my own party

I’ve canceled the pity party. I returned the decorations and told the caterer it was a no go. She was nonplussed as I wasn’t serving anything, and the party store clerk just shrugged. Sometimes, we all get a little ahead of ourselves and can’t get a hold of ourselves. The start 2015 year has not … Continue reading Crashing my own party

The Best Laid Plans…

But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane In proving foresight may be vain: The best laid schemes o' mice an' men Gang aft a-gley, An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain, For promised joy. Robert Burns The oft-quoted and modernized (‘Gang aft a-gley’ really means ‘go kablooie’) axiom about plans and planning are from … Continue reading The Best Laid Plans…

2015: Showing (and Telling) Some Resolve

“When a person is accountable to someone else for doing what they said they would do, they get stuff done. They make changes they’ve been toying with for years. They reach their goals.” - Shana Montesol Johnson Accountability. People can’t help you with achieving anything if they don’t know what you are trying to achieve. … Continue reading 2015: Showing (and Telling) Some Resolve

HiDef

A new year tends to bring life into sharper focus. Failures and regrets of the year passed, feigned anticipatory enthusiasm for what lies ahead; milestones of various ilk, things left undone. Reflections in mirrors that are sometimes more fun house than Broadway dressing room predominate, preoccupy, border on and at times become, blind obsession. Metaphors … Continue reading HiDef

Columbus Dazed

Mattress Firm Columbus Day sale! 15-to-50 percent savings store wide at Sears! I can also get (This weekend only!) used cars at cost and deals on new tires, flat screen TVs and home improvement materials – presumably so I can get into the spirit of the holiday by building a settlement somewhere in Chris’ honor. … Continue reading Columbus Dazed

Clear View From the Front of the Class

Another interesting week in front of my classroom has come and gone – as have some of my eighty or so students. ‘Interesting’ being such an inadequate word. This week’s scorecard of notable student activity, per my daily class notes sheet: • 5 kids in/out of in school suspension • 1 young man earning 5 … Continue reading Clear View From the Front of the Class