Category: Free Falling

Critical letter actually a compliment

As a teacher, part of my job is to critique the work of my students in an effort to make them better writers. Occasionally, my criticism will rankle a pupil to the point where he or she will feel compelled to ?strike back? at me in the form of a letter. It is nearly always anonymous, often sarcastic and generally […]

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Europe trip was scenic, enlightening

For the few days leading up to a planned trip to England, Wales and Ireland, my wife and I had been paying really close attention to the Weather Channel. After all, the last time we took such a trip to Europe two years ago, a rogue thunderstorm over Dallas airspace cost us a day in Paris. We did not want […]

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Enough left for one pop quiz

My school year has ended, and I still have one more multiple-choice test in me. I don?t have students, but I do apparently have at least some readers. So, here?s the quiz. 1. The financial troubles some European countries are having should worry us because: (a) our stock market seems to be directly affected by what Greeks urn?or?earn; (b) their […]

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And they shall know us by our trash

I have heard it said that one can tell a whole lot about people by studying their trash. If that?s the case, the three boys from Hillsboro High School?s Tech?nology Student Association who walked a two-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 56 Saturday morning received a great education. Chapter adviser Creigh Bell and I supervised the spring cleanup. He took one […]

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It?s getting tougher to be an educator

This has not been a great year to be an educator. We have faced budget cuts, ever-increasing test-score expectations thanks to No Child Left Behind and more and more student behavior challenges. Maybe I am just getting old, but it seems to me the job is getting tougher every year. As the end of another term nears, I have been […]

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Maybe the economy isn?t so bad…

Since last month?s Free Falling, made up of mostly positive bits and pieces, was popular beyond my wildest expectations (thanks to the two people who said they liked it), I decided to continue with the same format for March. Though I know the economy is not what it used to be, I still have a hard time feeling sorry for […]

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Time for nonsense and non sequiturs

I just realized I have been really cranky lately. Even during a run, when I used to clear my head and get a runner?s high, I just get angrier and angrier at the world. So, I have decided that this column is going to be nothing but nonsense and non sequiturs. I was giving blood the other day, and as […]

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Here?s a wish list for the new year…

January is traditionally the time to look ahead, to seek the potential in the new year. It is a time to think about what we might witness in the coming months. It is also a time to hope for better days. To that end, I have put together a wish list for 2010. First, I would love for the people […]

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Being famous is losing its attraction

Why would anybody desire fame and fortune these days? Would we be any happier if we were millionaires or professional athletes? Recent national news headlines have led me to the conclusion that I am much better off being a middle-aged schoolteacher, toiling away in relative obscurity (except for the notice this column gets me each month. Oh, and the attention […]

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Random thoughts as seasons change

Some random thoughts brought on by the change of seasons: fall to winter; football and volleyball to basketball and wrestling; ?Deadliest Catch? to ?Ice Road Truckers.? I?ve noticed that if the weatherman is going to be right about the weekly forecast, it will be for rain on the day I really need it to be dry. If a nice day […]

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