July to Dec 2017

Be Decent Today

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As a child, I was pretty heavy. I remember tipping the scale at 100 lbs in 4th grade. It led to being made fun of and some name-calling. Know this may surprise someone, but calling them “Fatso” doesn’t help to make them skinnier. We had a Physical Education program called “Go You Chicken Fat Go.” […]

Jan to June 2016

Technology – Amazing

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Technology has always been amazing to me. When I first started in education, the computers found in many classrooms was the Commodore PET. It was a tape-driven computer. You put in a cassette tape and seriously it would take up to 10-15 minutes to load a very simple math program. The program would then crash […]

April, May, June 2014

Seeking Community

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I believe we all seek community. Dad and mom talk about the community getting together during harvest time to help each other. When I was growing up, the church and school were pretty much the only game in town so much of what happened in our life, happened there. When our kids were involved in […]

March 2014

Mimeograph

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It’s hard to believe in this age of digital creation, but the church bulletin used to be created with a mimeograph.  The original model dad used was a messy machine.  Ink was poured into a drum.  The bulletin was typed on a stencil and the stencil was laid on the drum.  Paper was inserted on […]