Kevin and Jack Ride Again
My second children’s picture book is finally published and available. You Can Rely on Kevin and Jack! is about doing what you’ve said you’ll do for another person and doing it well. A simple ethic, but like so many “simple” ethics it’s one that’s hard to stick to. The idea for the book came from a lesson my dad taught me when I was very young. Do your best. At least, you’ll have respect for yourself. At most, others will respect you and further reward will come from that.
Link to the Amazon page for You Can Rely on Kevin and Jack!
Since returning to teaching after a two-year sabbatical, I’ve reached my first big milestone. I made it to Christmas break relatively unscathed. Worn to the bone, but psychologically intact. (A tough profession, but somebody’s gotta do it.) Honestly, the whole experience has felt like a string of many miracles that played out for months. Example? I commuted two hours each day, never broke down once, never was late to work, didn’t miss a day or even part of a day. That alone was miraculous and it represents only a small fraction of the challenges I’ve faced in re-entering the teaching workforce full-time as an old(er) fella. I’m blessed!
Book Review: The Martian Chronicles
Christmas break for an overworked teacher… I need a good book, a standard that I can rely on. This is my fourth time through THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES, but it still has reader’s magic for me. Ray Bradbury’s poetic prose, deep themes, and tongue-in-cheek about the human condition remain a comfort that holds over from my youth.
I’m still creeped out as I rediscover the deception of Captain Black and his crew by the wonderfully crafty Martians. (I won’t reveal how that plays out, in case you’ve never read the book. Believe me, “The Third Expedition” is a classic chapter, a good short story by itself.)
And who can forget Spender, tragically idealistic Earthling, from “–And the Moon Be Still as Bright”? The themes are just as relevant today as when the story was published in 1948.
“Spender quietly laid his pistol at his feet. ‘I’ve seen that what these Martians had was just as good as anything we’ll ever hope to have. They stopped where we should have stopped a hundred years ago.’
‘They have a beautiful city here.’ The captain nodded at one of several places.
‘It’s not that alone. Yes, their cities were good. They knew how to blend art into their living. It’s always been a thing apart for Americans. Art was something you kept in the crazy son’s room upstairs.'”
Link to the original Goodreads review:
The Village. Literary depth, a touching love story, and Shyamalan’s best writing.
The X-Files TV series. Start with season one of the original series. Great stories and characters. Good writing and directing.
Short stories. New novel. Kevin and Jack, part three. Doing my best to help ninth grade students pass the end-of-course biology exam that Texas administers in May.
God, family, and friends help me cope with my deep fear that I will not accomplish what I am supposed to accomplish, that I will not be a man you can rely on.
You THINK you’re in control…
… but you’re not. Life is a series of miracles, different sizes, many of them hard to interpret or even recognize as miracles. We don’t seem to have any control over how and when they arrive. Nonetheless, we hope and pray for them.
Pray for miracles in your life and the lives of people around you. The best thing you can do for others is pray for them every day.
Have a miraculous 2018!
Unscramble the words, unscramble the question, ask yourself the question, answer the question.
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