Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Moving along. Forward perhaps, side ways or up. It is good for sure. Destination not so much as the journey.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Catch Up

Odd how time changes the flow. Reading a lot of connected educators and then myself now feeling less connected. Will strive to resolve this.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

San Francisco

What a trip. Full of wonderful sights and flavors. Simply not enough time to see and do everything. Need to visit again.
It was great to walk and eat and just hang out for a little while. Mara really seemed to enjoy the city too.
Great to see Kenny.

Saturday, September 15, 2012


So we are in a meeting on Friday. School wide we are implementing the Rachel's Challenge. It is a great program based on loving care and helpful expression. Part of the initiative is the creation of a chain. For each act of kindness a link is created. Each link connecting people and deeds. Another local middle school is also taking part in the program and they are creating a chain. My first thought is to join the chains together. What goodness can come from this. Others in y building expressed that they just wanted to beat the other school in creating the longest chain. Making acts of kindness a competition. That just sits wrong with me. Defeating the purpose and meaning of expression by attaching it to something devoid of kindness. Bending the nature of a children to elevate ones own desire for recognition and achievement. so very odd to me. I do not think that is the way karma wants to be treated.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Thoughts on Reac3h

We had training yesterday on the Core Curriculum. It is a huge nationwide change in teaching content and focus. Math and English are the focus. Everything else is designed to teach Math and English. The REAC3H http://ok.gov/sde/reac3h-network is the Oklahoma based program for everything else to teach.

I have not processed everything yet and much requires some research. Some things struck me during the presentation.

The % of students not ready for college classes and in need of remediation. - I am wondering how many students go to college from High School. Of that percent how many are AP Students? Do any AP students require remediation?
What is the ACT score required to get into college? Does ACT then reflect knowledge. What ACT score cut off number reflects remediation?
Do we need to have a pre-college type institution?

Literacy. The focus is on fiction writing. Speaker says that fiction writing in newpaper and mass consumables is written at 5th grade level. If students only consume fiction writing they will not get anything above 5th grade. At what level is most non-fiction written? At what level of writing is most Television produced?
Speaker gave example of Shakespeare. She taught Romeo and Juliet. She said student could not understand it and would give handouts and materials that explained the writing. Students did not then have to read and comprehend the play as they had the "cliff notes" provided by the teacher. So she admits she was not capable to teaching Shakespeare.

Thursday, August 30, 2012


I picked up the nexus 7 today at Sam's club. It is a nifty device. Easy to use. Clean interface. Lots of functionality. I like the android system. Very Google.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

And so it goes

School is here once again. Full of excitement and newness. Looks to be a wonderful year.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

You've Got Mail

1998, tom hanks and meg ryan. Interesting state of the union back then. Dial up AOL all but gone today abd the big box book stores are all closing. Don't know if You've Got Twitter would be the same.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


I have an RV. It is time for it to move on. It is an enjoyable craft. I had to let go of my motorcycle a few years ago. While I do not regret that decision I do miss it at times greatly. I miss the "freedom of the road" as it were and the thought of it. The ideal it represents. And so it is with the RV too. Jump in and go. Where to? Who knows. Just go. Not likely to happen but the possibility is there for it to happen. Without it the possibility is gone.
It is time for the RV to go to another home. A new owner. One who will care for it. I need to make the decision to let it go.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

The spiritual life

That does it say? The spiritual life is not a what? The Spiritual Life is not a Theory. We have to live it.
I heard briefly, during the lenten season pulling the weeds to prepare the grounds for the spring to come.
Pulling the weeds of life that are no longer useful to daily living.

Friday, March 30, 2012


Norms, Mores, Rules, Laws
What are they? Spoken and unspoken. How do we communicate these to folks? How can a community decide what they are and put them into effect? If everyone who is a stakeholder does not follow the rules or enforce the rules what purpose is served? Do we have a rule to just have a rule and it serves no purpose? Was it good once and the changes in the mores and norms make the rule obsolete? Does the rule maker see the purpose for the rule and yet when implemented the rule is a silly construct that inhibits and harms more then not?

Thursday, March 29, 2012


Things are really pretty good. The studio is going great guns and we are almost caught up with commission pieces. Starting to gear up for the festivals coming up in May. The new glory hole is in operation and it is huge.

The house is good. Mara really has it looking good. I was able to plant some vines over spring break and hope they grow well.

School is good. Very busy time of year.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Johnny Edwards

I have a headlight out on the truck. Dropped by the toyota dealer in Edmond to get it fixed. Wandering around a couple look familiar. Johnny Edwards is sitting there. They live in Elk City. Johnny is the son of Florence and Charlie. His sister was Mary. Growing up in Cordell, Florence was my "cookie lady". We moved from there after third grade. It was amazing to bump into Johnny and his wife.
I think about Florence and those times often. The times growing up and learning and playing. Memoeries flood back. Bright lights in my life.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Shel Silverstein

Been a very long time since I picked up "where the sidewalk end". It reads as a whole different book as an adult than a child.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

OTA Conference

The OTA conference is in full swing. I am wondering about much in technology. Amazed how many people have "devices" for access. It is really progressive.
Random thoughts
Folks want wireless in the classroom and yet the schools themselves do not have wireless devices nor will they provide them. Leaving all the wireless need to the individual to provide.
Folks like David Warlick and Wes Fryer have information everywhere. It is amazing they have been able to catalogue and keep vast amounts of resources. Feeling the need to consolidate and publish for others to access.
Thinking what to present. It is not new to me so I wonder what good would it do to present and realize that it may be new to others. Finding something to present is the trick.

Friday, February 03, 2012


Tuesday and Wednesday is the OTA conference. It is usually a great conference. Lot's of information and a great time to network with other technology minded educators. New ideas abound. Always a drawback is to see the next cool thing for the classroom and know the district does not have any money to invest.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Housing and Banks

So I have been wondering if banks own all the houses that were foreclosed upon why do they keep them? I assume that the house is not worth as much so the banks are creating an artificially high standard for loans thus keeping hold of the houses until the market price increases again and the houses can be sold for a higher profit.
The bank just has to wait out the current market. Of course houses fall into disrepair during this time which will put general contractors and handymen to work when the houses sell.
The cycle on this is odd too. Just a for instance.
fellow owns land. Holds onto it for a long time. sells it for a very good price to a developer. Developer sells lots to builders at a higher price, developer builds a house on spec and then sells it to folks at a higher price, or not and losses tons of money. People get the house on a mortgage from a bank. Folks find they can not make the payments on the mortgage so the house goes to the bank. The bank does not want to own the house. But they can not sell it for what it is worth or what is left owed on the house. If they sell it for less money then what is owed on it they will owe someone money somewhere.
It is like the Potter Field problem. Your money is not really in the bank. Your money is in the houses, your money is in the cars, your money is in some Super PAC.