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Everybody Wants to Rule the World

Dateline: June 8, 1985, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, by British rock group Tears for Fears, reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. I was 14 and a child of the 80’s. The Reagan era was in full swing and this was one of the anthems of the time. This popped up...

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2017 Resolution: To Be, or Not to Be

It’s that time of year, time to recommit to the things you de-committed to about 51 weeks ago! Resolutions at the first of the year are a tradition going back between 2,000 and 4,000 years ago, from the Romans to the Babylonians. Most are built around health and...

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Silent Night

December 16, 2:45 AM…the bedroom door opens and my daughter is now standing at the foot of the bed. “Dad, someone’s on the front porch and I just heard them outside my window.” My daughter’s bedroom is at the front of the house and our bedroom is at the back. I asked...

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A Pretty Rough Week

Last fall I somehow ended up on a parent email list for a 3rd grade elementary class at a nearby public school which shall remain nameless. I've requested to be taken off the list a number of times, but that hasn't happened. So once a week, I receive a note from a...

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Transitions

I want to say Thank You! to Homeschool Mosaics for giving me the opportunity to share some thoughts each month. This month, I'm going to share with you why we started home schooling and some of the transitions we've encountered through the years. My goal is to provide...

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Questions to Ask…

A mentor of mine encouraged me to constantly ask myself the following questions. They have been valuable to me and I hope they are valuable to you. Here they are: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying?...

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42

There's a movie out about me. It's called 42. Actually, it is not about me, it's about baseball star Jackie Robinson. I'm turning 42 this week, so that seemed like a nice seque. I looked back at my family tree recently and noticed that, based upon the age my ancestors...

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Who Packed Your Parachute?

Charles Plumb was a U.S. Navy jet pilot in Vietnam. On his 76th combat mission, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent 6 years in a communist Vietnamese prison. He survived the...

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Who Knows Best?

It is a fact we all home school for different reasons, and many times our reasons change over the years. No matter the differences, one thing I suspect is the same everywhere - we all are frustrated with the public school system. For the last four-plus years, I have...

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Educating the Borg Way

Those of us who home school do so for a multitude of different reasons, and rightly so. The freedom we enjoy as Americans is under assault by those who would ask "tolerance" from you, yet decry your right to hold an opinion or belief other than that of their...

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Something Into Nothing

Do you remember what you were doing three months ago? Do you remember what you were doing three days ago? Some of you might not remember three minutes ago! When we stop and look back at a certain period of time, memories flood the mind, sounds and smells bring back...

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ZIP-A-DEE-DOO-DAH!

This afternoon my family was afforded the opportunity to clip in and experience the thrill of the new Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course at Ft. Tuthill in Flagstaff. Ryan and I tackled the Blue, Green, Red & Black adult courses, while Ashleigh conquered the kids...

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The Warranty Has Expired

So it will have been nine months tomorrow since the big 4-0.  I was not sure what 40 would look like or feel like for me.  I have never been accused of looking older than I am – quite the opposite – many times people have guessed that I am 5-7 years younger than I...

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Life in the Fast Lane

I began my official career as a basketball referee tonight. Now I have worn the stripes for a year or two now, tweeting the whistle for the Upward basketball league (Kindergarten – 8th grade). This year I decided to make the jump to high school basketball. Not totally...

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