I was chatting with an appliance repairman. I asked if he had any interesting stories to tell. He told me that one day he arrived at work to find that someone, during the night, offloaded a freezer in front of his shop. It was so close to the building that he had to move it… Continue reading Freezer Dough
My friend Al taught elementary school. He is also retired. We often share stories with each other. He told me about an incident that took place on his school’s playground one morning. A young girl had fallen and was lying on the ground and crying. In the vicinity was a little kindergarten boy who came… Continue reading Power of Prayer
After I retired I continued to assist with set construction for the school plays. Actually, a number of us were retired teachers. I was the crew coordinator. One afternoon, another retiree showed up. He wasn’t a regular but thought he would give us a hand this particular day. I asked him to assist Mike, our… Continue reading Measure Up
Throughout my career I would post a daily quote. It would be on the board for students to see when they arrived. As a principal, I would include one with the daily written notices. It was my oldest brother who inspired me to do this. When I first started teaching he gave me photocopies of… Continue reading Daily Quotes
I forget what the specific goal was, but the grade 1’s were attempting to read a certain number of books by the end of the school year. I visited their classes often and was monitoring their progress. At one point I announced to the students, “If you reach your goal, I will do some cartwheels… Continue reading Dressed for the Occasion
I have degrees from two universities. Because I wait until fall to make my annual donations, I am guaranteed to receive reminder phone calls. The calls usually come in November. On this particular evening I was home alone. I wasn’t busy. The phone rang. “Hello.” “Hello. I’m calling for Gary.” “This is he.” “Hello Gary.… Continue reading Voice From the Past?
… continued from Dec 28 We didn’t drive too far; after all, we would have to find our way out of the wilderness the next morning. We also knew that there were living things in the wilderness that might not appreciate our company. There was a clearing to the left. We turned off the dirt… Continue reading Into the Wilderness – PART II