Tuesday, September 25, 2018


We had planned to go to Paris for years. Then we arranged a trip for June for our 20th anniversary. Didn't work out due to important issues that arose. So we moved it back to July. Then we had to postpone it again due to even more important family issues. We almost canceled the whole thing but we would have been out thousands of dollars. But we finally went last week. And I'm glad we finally went. Had to take a week off from school and arrange for our kids to be watched. But the trip was fantastic. Paris is amazing. I'm sure the next several posts will be Francophilic. Paris is an amazing city and our trip went smoother than we could have ever hoped.

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Bird Scared People Too

Conversation overheard the other day...

My son tries out his saxophone for the first time..

Daughter: (running into room) What was that noise?!?

Son: I'm playing my saxophone for the first time!

Daughter: It scared me!

Son: Well, Charlie Parker scared a lot of people too.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Beauty Has it Hard

This whole song is great. But starting at 3:37 to the end...wow. Subtle yet powerful. Captures my feelings of sadness of when my Dad passed away (three years ago this week). The improvisation...wow. Everything.

Tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman teaming up with the trio, The Bad Plus.

The Bad Plus Joshua Redman is the name of the album.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018


we need more Democrats willing to eat lunch with Republicans.

we need more Republicans willing to eat lunch with Democrats.

we need more bloggers using capitalization at the beginning of their sentences.

I disagreed with John McCain on a lot of things and I did not vote for him. But I respected his willingness to work with people across the aisle.

Partisanship is destroying our political institutions.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018


Classes are rolling along into the second week. Got a good crew this year. My sched is identical to last year (a first...usually my schedule changes all over the place).

1st Period: AP World History
2nd Period: AP World History
3rd Period: AP European History
4th Period:  AP World History
5th Period: AP U.S. History
6th Period: AP U.S. History
7th Period: AP World History
8th Period: Conference Period

Always good to the end the day with a conference period. Two years in a row. I'm getting spoiled.

Monday, August 27, 2018


Yeah. Nostalgia can be a tricky thing. My Pastor told me to go for it and give another watch.

Thursday, August 23, 2018


This is one of my favorite mugs. I got it at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral about three years ago. It has developed a heat fracture from my brewing of green tea. I have many mugs that are older that I use as frequently and they do not have the same fractures. Really shakes my confidence in the American space program!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018


School's a rollin'. This is my 20th year as teacher. ^ This guy's first in junior high!

Sunday, August 19, 2018


The ducks fly over and expect to be fed every day. 

Saturday, August 18, 2018


Yeah. That's a cool bridge next to downtown Dallas.