The Edge of Eternity

It was either very late October 25th, 1962 or very early October 26th, 1962. Our 1953 pale-blue ford was parked in line with about 100 cars, most back seats loaded with clothing and food. My mother and I stood like all the others along a chain-linked fence separating us from the long runway, its configuration [...]

Not as it Seems

My morning was done, the garden was eating up the summer sun. Just a great day to be alive. My father would be getting off for lunch in a few minutes and this day I thought I would surprise him for lunch. Walking down Main Street to the corner that the bank was located, I [...]

At Peace

I'm an old man now my course is run. I sit on the porch swing and look back at the things I've done.   Where are the victories in the arguments I've won? What foolish worries matter, I can't think of one.   The effect of my life on this earth is nil. There will [...]

High School Reunion

I just returned from my high school reunion, never before had I gone. There was a bunch of old people there. Many were talking and acting like old friends which they were. These people have aged. I looked about looking for my classmates, we were supposed to meet and greet here. This was a retirement [...]

“OK Boomer”

That is what he said when I started out with, "Back in the Day..." It is hard to admit that I am a Boomer through and through. Of course it kind of snuck up on me. Back in the day, Boomer had to do with Oklahoma, Boomer Sooner and all that stuff. Others recognized the [...]

The Realities of Middle School

"Them was the good old days." they said with either sarcasm or joy... There is no place in life where a person learns so much about themselves and their environment than middle school. A few discover that they have qualities that give them a status above others, some find that they have liabilities that can [...]

The Drive-in Movie

Once upon a time teenage dating was the best, most wonderful event. Gas was 29 cents a gallon, 4 hamburgers for a buck, sodas ten cents a bottle, and of course, a dollar a car load at the drive-in. I bring this up as a polished former ticket taker at the Rocket Drive In theater. [...]

Sure, Now it Works

This was the first day at my new position, a position that I won by default. Default of the previous assistant principal for doing something stupid with three girls in the FFA shop area. He was now packed up and halfway back to Arizona. Discipline had always been one of my strengths. Now halfway through [...]

He just needed a boost

He was wide-framed, covered in baby fat, and young. Genetics had not done him a favor. As an eight grader, he lost every one of his heavyweight wrestling matches. Tommy had ballast, but no strength. Now as a big freshman playing high school football, he was little more than a blocking dummy. His strategy to [...]

Good Enough to be her Friend

Over my 47 years in education, I have seen students at their best and students at their worst. Parents provide a launch point from which a child gathers about them their strategies for life. Pouting, for instance, if successful becomes a lifelong strategy. Another strategy comes by being comfortable with one's self. Add empathy and [...]