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Mark My Words

Emotional Day

Last Friday was a pretty monumental day in my life. What started out as a day full of excitement, anticipation and yes, nerves, ended on a very somber note when I got home. To backtrack, last Thursday afternoon I received the phone call that I had been waiting for. A JOB OFFER! Of course I accepted, without hesitation, mind you. …

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Time flies

It is hard to believe that school starts in just a few days. It seems like just yesterday that students were packing up their desks and saying their goodbyes for the summer. Being that I was a student teacher when the last school year ended, I realized just how emotional the last day can be for both students and teachers! …

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Don’t just live life; build one

Once in a while, a celebrity can say something that is not only intelligent, but also meaningful. They may even say something transforming, moving or life-changing. Sadly, it seems that when movie stars, athletes or those “15-minutes of fame” pop culture idols open their mouths that is not what you get. More often than not their words amount to nothing …

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Taking a Stand

I am going to let you in on a little secret and I ask that you keep this information to yourself. I am not trying to be a gossip and I don’t want to be seen as someone who is spreading rumors, but this information may come as a shock to you. Okay, here goes: several Major League Baseball players …

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The least we can do is respect one another

Remember the story about Karen Klein of New York, who was verbally attacked and taunted by a group of seventh grade students on a school bus for which she was a monitor? One of the boys used his cell phone to record the boys heckling Klein as she sat peacefully on the bus. In addition to poking fun at her …

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The process is a roller coaster

When I decided to change course in my career and move from the banking and insurance world to that of education, I knew things would not be easy. In addition to going back to school to FINALLY secure my degree in elementary education, I knew the job market was already saturated with prospective teachers. Or in other words, a college …

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Comerica Park reflections

I have been a Detroit Tigers fan for many, many years. I grew up listening to them and the late, great Ernie Harwell on the radio. I watched them on TV when Al Kaline and George Kell did the play-by-play. As a child, I would cut out articles and pictures about the Tigers and tape them to my bedroom wall. …

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The pat heard around the world

It was the “pat” heard around the world. Well, that may be exaggerating a little bit, but it certainly became newsworthy. While standing before a judge in regards to a probation violation in a Florida courtroom, former NFL player and Dancing with the Stars contestant Chad Johnson, formerly known as Chad Ochocinco and Chad Johnson before that, decided to have …

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Suffering from presentee-ism

I read with interest a story in the Wall Street Journal last week that was titled “Go Ahead, Hit the Snooze Button.” I love sleep. I love sleeping in even more. But I never use the snooze button. My wife, on the other hand, is just the opposite. I usually set my alarm to go off about 6:40 a.m. If …

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On maintaining professionalism in the face of loss

Nobody likes a sore loser. It doesn’t matter who, what, why, where, when or how, we have all been taught to hold our head high, even in defeat, no matter how heartbreaking the loss. A loss is tough, no matter the situation. We do not like to lose. But we all do come up as a loser every now and …

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