Let me know what’s wrong…

When did many people decide to relinquish personal responsibility?  I don’t have an exact time and date.  BECAUSE, THERE IS NO EXACT TIME AND DATE.  It may not be the correct question, “when did many people decide to relinquish personal responsibility?”  The question probably is close to “how come many people decided to relinquish personal

What We Learned About the Shooters (murderers)

What a fantastic article.  I loved it and AT THE SAME TIME, THE REPORTERS FRUSTRATE ME… which may be the reason the article is “fantastic.”  I strongly encourage you to read the article. https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2019-08-04/el-paso-dayton-gilroy-mass-shooters-data As I get ready to go to school to begin my THIRTY-FIRST CONSECUTIVE YEAR teaching high school music, I have grave

“I am responsible.”

My summer has come to an end.  What a terrific summer it has been.  I was able to go to Disneyland with my family in celebration of Katy’s (our daughter) graduation.  I was so happy to have the opportunity to go to Disneyland with all of our family and two family friends.  What a great

Not the Gold Cup, but the Golden Rule!

“Dad, how come we should F$CK the White House?”  “Grandpa, how come they are saying F$CK Trump?  Isn’t he our president?”  “Grandpa, how come they are not going to the White House?  Isn’t the White House for all of us?” “Dad, since you like President Trump, are we not included in their celebration?”  Those are

Reflective 30th Anniversary

My heart is heavy.  I don’t know why?  I am going to guess… My heart is heavy because I realize I do not have 30 years left to teach high school music.  My time is coming to end.  I will change the names of the schools.  Don’t want to hurt anyone.  However, in the end,

What happened to “We?”

“They have to __________________.”  “They need to __________________.”  One of the many things I have learned about being a leader is to NEVER exclude yourself from the group.  This means, as a leader, I need to use the pronoun, “we.”  Or, the pronoun “us.”  However, I am noticing more and more leaders using the pronoun,

Takes COURAGE to Live

Again, sorry for not writing for a while.  And again… MANY THANKS FOR CHOOSING TO TAKE THE TIME TO READ MY WRITING. So, since May 31, 2019, I have been on vacation.  I write this on June 19, 2019.  I have had 19 days to have responsibility for me.  My choices on how to spend

Three Hours / $7.25 per hour

On May 11, 2019, I had one of the most important events happen in my life as a father.  Our daughter, Kathryn, graduated from the University of __________.  I am purposely not going to tell you the university because it just didn’t happen at this university.  It happened at HUNDREDS of university commences across the

It Happened Again

Been too long since last post… sorry … AGAIN.  Well, as the saying goes, “it happened again.”  Some six-to-eight miles away from Columbine.  Two teenagers decided to act on their extremely selfish emotions.  I don’t know if you know this factoid:  TEENAGERS ARE SELFISH.  It’s true.  They need to be taught how to think about

We Are Human!

It is time for a positive / uplifting story. The other day I had a meeting with a parent and child. At the meeting, including me, there were four educational professionals, parent, child and an interpreter. I am going to respect the folks at the meeting by making no reference to gender or ethnicity of