Why do we want our kids to fail?

Every day there's a new article chronicling the plight of education in the United States. I just read one today in the Atlantic. Every pundit has a different scapegoat. It's the teachers. It's the teachers' unions. It's the parents. There's no money. The school day isn't long enough. Video games are the problem. Blah, blah, … Continue reading Why do we want our kids to fail?

My daughter is getting a tattoo!

My daughter, Alex, texted me on Friday to tell me that she's getting a tattoo. Alex is twenty-one and can do pretty much whatever she wants. I don't financially support her, so I have no leverage on her. Alex has a couple of piercings, ears and one in the eyebrow (which I kinda like) - … Continue reading My daughter is getting a tattoo!

Influence … and responsibility

As everyone knows, unless you've been living under a rock, our country had a tragic shooting in Tuscon, Arizona on Saturday.  Representative Gabby Giffords and several others were shot outside a Safeway during a "Congressman on the Corner" rally.  Several of those shot were killed, including a nine year girl and a federal judge. Much … Continue reading Influence … and responsibility

Happy Birthday Alex ;-)

Today is my daughter Alexandria's twenty-first birthday.  As a way to send her into adulthood or ... "On the Road of her Perfect World,"  I gave her a framed copy of my following "roadside assistance." Take what you can from it. LEAD Amongst a generation of heroes ... there still needs to be the one … Continue reading Happy Birthday Alex 😉

“The one you feed …”

With all the polarization and animosity prevalent in today's society. Maybe we should start with thinking about where it all comes from. __________________________ An elderly Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life… He said to them, “A fight is going on inside me, it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One … Continue reading “The one you feed …”

No … it’s our fault!

Back a year and half ago, Fargo, North Dakota (my home state) was going through a potentially devastating flood.  Associated Press reported a story about Fargo's mayor,  Dennis Walaker - the hero of the Fargo flood.  Here's an excerpt from the story: "When an 8-year-old girl died after the car she was riding in spun out … Continue reading No … it’s our fault!

“Saving education … 2 hours at a time”

I've noticed with school starting again, there's been a lot of discussion on state of the American education system.  I recent report cited our high school students have fallen even further down the rankings compared with other countries around the globe. And as always happens, the saber-rattling has started.  The teachers and their beloved unions … Continue reading “Saving education … 2 hours at a time”