Building social, emotional skills ignored

Building social, emotional skills ignored

In the early 1990s, the political hijacking of public schools began in earnest. It was during that period that the state began mandating academic stan...

December 5th, 2017 |  


Tree talk: spruce, pine or fir?

Tree talk: spruce, pine or fir?

According to “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’s” Clark W. Griswold, the tree is the “most important of Christmas s...

December 5th, 2017 |  


Love is in the (h)air

Love is in the (h)air

Hair. Most of us have it and over time learn to manage it. In the 15 years I was a CEO of colleges around the country, I knew that my hair could not b...

December 5th, 2017 |  


You can’t ‘make up’ cosmetic talent

You can’t ‘make up’ cosmetic talent

Being on an airplane is a lot like being a sled dog. If you’re not right there at the front (and by front of an airplane I don’t mean seat...

December 3rd, 2017 |  


Putting up the Christmas tree is such a pain in the neck — and the back.But watching it go up? That’s something that pains and warms my he...

December 3rd, 2017 |  


Foster son goes to hospital

Foster son goes to hospital

As I write this, I am holding our dear foster son, Jesse, who is just over a month old. Only this time I am not in the comfort of our rocker in our li...

December 2nd, 2017 |  


Almost making the grade

Almost making the grade

Earlier this week, I received a formal too-official-to-be-a-bill-looking letter in the mail.It was one of those letters you find intriguing and slight...

December 1st, 2017 |  


Perseverance is job one

Perseverance is job one

Going through high school and college, I probably had one of the best jobs a young man my age could ask for: I worked at the local hardware store. The...

December 1st, 2017 |  


Take your seat at the table

Take your seat at the table

Why study music or literature or art? Even after years of effort, there is so much to learn that we can barely scratch the surface. Why bother?As a fr...

November 28th, 2017 updated: November 28th, 2017. |  


I think Stanley is enjoying Ohio

I think Stanley is enjoying Ohio

There’s a celebrity at our house.His last name is Stanley. His first name is Flat. That’s his name because he is, literally, flat.If you d...

November 26th, 2017 |