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Meditative duck

Note: names have been changed to protect the innocent, but the story is honest.   Weekday mornings, when it is an A day, I often end up spending the first hour of my shift hunting for Christopher. Christopher does not like Algebra Fundamentals and I can't say that I blame him. He prefers to walk,… Continue reading Meditative duck

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Three Champions: The Pendletons

Most of my creative Champions, especially if you were to see my longer list, are educators. From principles to office staff, art and photography teachers to classroom teachers, I've had many encouraging educators. Two such classroom teachers were The Pendletons: husband and wife. Mrs. Pendleton guided me early as a first grader, while as a… Continue reading Three Champions: The Pendletons

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Three Champions: Ms. Degner

Mari-Linn, the school I attended in my elementary years, was also the school I attended as a middle schooler. It is located in Lyons, Oregon, which in my childhood was a rural logging community of around 700 people. The school pulled from the surrounding areas far outside the town limits which was where my family… Continue reading Three Champions: Ms. Degner

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Thanksgiving Thoughts

I prefer to no longer dwell on thoughts of pilgrims and natives when I think of this day, of Thanksgiving. In many ways it is a problematic idea that conjures, at least for me, images of the horrors of colonization. This is also a holiday with a politically influenced history and in modern times seems… Continue reading Thanksgiving Thoughts