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     My mind keeps returning to those in Texas who died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a effort to get warm this past February. Relatives hold the electric company, city, and police responsible – and I agree there should be…
May 3, 2021

Musings on a Fishing Club

These days, when getting on a plane, I greet the people squished up next to me, but then get out a book and read.  I can talk nonstop so this is really a test for me. That said, one time…
October 9, 2020

Cancel School?

What do you think of Kenya and their solution to cancel K-12 school for the 2020-2021 school year? For the U.S. this is a hypothetical question since cancelling K-12 school will never happen. I suspect the main reason would be…
August 18, 2020

Homeschooling and the Pie of Life

     Right now, parents are making difficult school choices based on COVID-19.  A number of moms contacted me to say they will keep their kids at home.      The question they have is this: Should they stay connected with…
July 21, 2020

Coronavirus and Daily Routines

     I remember singing a choral piece with these words: Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Today, hearts are troubled and sad, and fear is real. On top of that, people are trying to…
April 2, 2020

Coronavirus Days, Life Skills

Corona Virus Days: Questions about educating at home and learning “life skills” (March 17, 2020) Some issues have come up with children being home. Question: One parent expressed concern that their child would lose out with less school, or even…
March 18, 2020

Shining Teacher Moment

I was recently asked to talk about a “shining teacher moment.” Hmmm. Shining moments happen when students combine talent, focus, and a desire to perform well in order to produce amazing “history with music-drama-dance” productions. This is a shining moment:…
October 13, 2019

Motivating Students

You walk into your 6th grade music class on the first day of school and all students are sitting with their arms crossed. Or more likely, they are texting each other. Maybe your 7th grade English class exclaims as a…
September 12, 2019