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December 17, 2019

The famous American political phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid” is attributed to James Carville and coined during Bill Clinton's successful 1992 presidential campaign.  It simplifies all the complicated aspects of a presidential campaign down to an omnipresent and tim...

December 16, 2019

Small Gaps Widen to Larger Chasms

While hiking the 500-mile-long El Camino in Spain a couple of summers ago, a small pain ensued on the ball of my left foot. At first, the small injury was bearable, and I hoped the pain would subside with time.  However, as the miles wo...

August 29, 2019

A middle distance runner competing in a 3,200 meter or 5 kilometer race practices and trains differently than a long distance runner competing in a 26.2 mile marathon race. And, of course, a middle distance runner and marathon runner would practice and train differentl...

August 17, 2019

When I was in college, my statics and dynamic professor proposed a no homework versus a double  homework wager to his students.  He stated that he could predict the exact score of the upcoming Texas and Oklahoma college football game before it even started.  Of course,...

January 28, 2019

A couple weeks ago, I attended a national charter school founder’s lecture about his experiences opening new schools across the country. After the talk concluded, a question and answer period ensued.  The person sitting next to me asked the speaker what was the general...

December 12, 2018

I do not own a washing machine.  Never have.  I use the condominium laundry room with its ten washing machines and dryers to handle my laundry needs.  I can wash or dry multiple loads of laundry simultaneously in 30 minutes, respectively.  None of this all day thing wi...

November 28, 2018

“How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” 

This old joke is amusing and timeless because of the obviousness of its one-word punchline:  Practice!

In the course of human endeavors, regardless of the nature of the task – if a person applies consistent repetitive practice, there s...

October 25, 2018

About 15 years ago, I attended weekly central administrator meetings as an elementary program supervisor in a large urban Texas school district. The agenda of the meetings varied widely from week to week, but, these meetings frequently spurred tangent discussions that...

August 9, 2018

In the 1970’s, my father started the first Christmas tree farm in South Dakota.  A slotted hole was dug using a long steel spade shovel and approximately 12,000 evergreen saplings were planted. If you ask my father about all those holes, he will tell you how ‘we’ dug t...

July 27, 2018

In the early 1980’s, I was out of money, and I could not continue my engineering studies at the University of Texas at Austin. However, I discovered if I was a member of the armed forces, I could not only remain in college, but the United States military would pay my a...

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