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Charlie and I learned to paddle board this past summer. It was one of the many highlights of this past summer. Paddling around the lake with Charlie perched at the front of the board was a perfect way to spend a summer afternoon. It was during our second or third time on a paddle board,…

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I watched the 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast with the family for the first time last night. Interesting film. Young girl suffering from Stockholm Syndrome falls in love with her captor despite never actually knowing his name. Weird. Why didn’t anyone ever tell me that this is the story of mental illness? Also…

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My friend asked me to play golf after school this week. Though nothing sounded better, I had schedule a parent-teacher conference for that same afternoon, so I had to pass. It killed me. The meeting proved to be productive. We sat at an outdoor table at a safe distance – parents, student, and myself –…

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Listening to comedian Tig Notaro on a recent podcast, she expressed insecurity over failing to complete high school. She worries that there are large gaps in her knowledge base because she left high school early and instead earned a GED. I wanted to jump through my headphones and let Tig know that she has nothing…

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My son is somehow becoming cooler and better dressed than me. I’m not sure how I feel about this.

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Here’s how McDonald’s did it: Even though I eat an Egg McMuffin almost every day, and even though I managed McDonald’s restaurants for more than a decade, I did not have the McDonald’s app on my phone. I’ve downloaded the Chipotle app. The Panera app. The Way Back Burger app. The Dominos and Shake Shack…

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After more than two decades in the classroom, I can say with confidence that this particular school year has been more challenging than most. There are lots of little things that make it challenging. Things like trying to speak loud enough and articulately enough to be heard through a mask. Listening closely enough to hear…

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My friend, Dan, texted me yesterday morning. “Did you marry someone at Flamig Farm?” The text was accompanied by a photo of me, officiating a wedding at the local farm. Apparently I’ve become a part of their advertising. While I have memories of taking my children to that farm when they were little, my memories…

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I’m going to play golf with friends this weekend. Golf is a great game for so many reasons, but here’s a huge one: It allows me to spend quality time with friends. This seems fairly obvious, but consider this: Once or twice a week (and sometimes more in the summer), I take a two to…

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Sometimes a television show comes along that transcends all other shows by bringing the characters of that show to life and making you feel like you’re not watching TV as much as spending time with the best of people. I felt this way about The Office. I still do. I miss those people so much.…

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