Monday, August 19, 2013


Hey Tek-Ninjas.

Today was my first day back at school.  I answered over a hundred emails today, and have several more to address tomorrow.

It has been a very tough summer. In order of occurrence;
I lost one of my dogs.
The axel on my SUV broke going down the highway at 70 mph.
I got stung a dozen times by yellow jackets.
My brother died.

The car was the easiest thing to patch up. The loss of a pet is always painful. The yellow jackets hurt and then were itchy for a week. Then they were fine.

Ed and I
The loss of a beloved sibling is devastating. Ed was a loving husband, father, and hard working man. He was also an amazing cyclist who logged more miles than most folks half his age. Ed was a Quaker like myself. We went on two bike trips together every year. I am missing him tremendously, and imagine I will continue to miss him for a long time.

It's been a tough summer. 

The powers that be seem to be determined to undermine public education here in North Carolina. Folks are trying to remain upbeat, but it's tough.

So, on Facebook today, my friend, colleague, and one time mentor Lynda Reilich (she may not know I think of her as a mentor) posted a video that was just what I have been needing.

I've posted it below and hope that it lifts you in the same way it lifted me.

Hope your school year is blessed and fruitful!


  1. I am so sorry for the loss of your brother and your pet. Having gone through both of those losses in the last year myself (my sister died unexpectedly last year), I can relate somewhat to what you're going through. I hope the rest of your year improves dramatically! Thank you so much for sharing the video, it was very uplifting!

    1. Jannike, thanks so much for your kind words, and I'm sorry for your loss as well. Sometimes I think being a grow up is way over-rated!