Category: Free Falling

More fun with family geocaching

So, back in March, on my massive two-day spring break, my wife suggested round two of family geocaching. It would be a sequel to our first adventure back in September. Not only did I say ?OK,? I suggested we invite our 27-year-old son. Actually, I don?t remember who suggested it. Maybe even he did. At any rate, he had the […]

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Attack on education is hard to figure

Make no mistake about it, education is under attack. It is happening at the local, state and national levels. And, those who are mounting assaults on the public school system are coming from several angles. The most obvious and effective attempts to undermine our children?s right to the best possible education are centered on money. When I first became a […]

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What makes mad can make us glad

I?m getting tired of being angry all the time. I feel a need to listen to the news and read the newspaper daily, but what I hear and see just upsets me. For example: I am angry because burgers at McDonald?s are now made of a third of a pound of Angus and have bacon on them, and I am […]

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So many questions, so few answers

Questions. Questions. Questions. Did anyone else find the reactions of the two people sitting behind President Obama more interesting than the speech itself? Was it irony or coincidence that the vice president was sitting to the president?s right and the speaker of the house was sitting to his left? How long would the speech have actually been without the interruptions […]

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New movies that shouldn?t be made

The holiday season that just concluded presented an opportunity for filmmakers to roll out their best and most creative movies in hopes of catching consumers in festive moods just itching to spend their entertainment dollars. And the attention of the movie dudes who give out the Oscars. But, at the start of a new year, the quality generally goes down. […]

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Good cemetery reveals good history

My wife has a thing about cemeteries. Wherever we travel, she searches out historic burial places. And, because I have a thing about my wife, I follow along. At first, somewhat reluctantly. But, I have to admit, traipsing around among the deceased is addicting. Cemeteries are, after all, very popular places. Think about it. People are always?wait for it?dying to […]

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Twins face off for state tennis berth

A crazy thing happened on last weekend?s road to the state tennis tournament. Last year in October, I wrote a tribute to the game of tennis and the girls I coach at Hillsboro High School. Most of them were juniors, and we had just wrapped up a tough regional tournament that ended our season short of the goal of competing […]

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Geocaching a fun way to spend day

I?ve never been much of a fan of global positioning systems (GPS). Two years ago, my wife and I were directed to an open field in the middle of a rainstorm while trying to find a motel in North Carolina. The woman at the front desk said, ?Oh, yeah. Lots of people run into that problem. It?s wrong in the […]

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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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