The Reality of My Retirement

What it’s been like during the first nine weeks of retirement. October 7, 2017. When you leave a career you’ve loved for 40 years, it’s easy to worry about what the transition to the retired life might be like, but I am here to report that retirement for me is off to a wonderful start….

Summer of 17.

The summer of a teacher is a beautiful thing. That is unless it’s too short or you work too much. This year summer was both too short and I worked to much. That is if I were going back to teach on August 7. But I’m not. This is my retirement summer. By the way you…

Jim’s First Day of School Advice to All My Teacher Friends

 I have always used the metaphor that a school year is like going on a long boat ride on a sometimes raging river. There are rapids ahead, and we all need to be a part of navigating the waters together. Triumphantly. Sadly. I have just stepped out of the boat and am waving and shouting…

The Retirement Journey of James Mason Jordan

The long and winding road into retirement. When you hit 55 here in California, a teacher can begin thinking about the retirement process. At some point starting at age 55 you must declare with STRS what option you plan to take for your retirement benefit which will depend on if you have a spouse and…

The Kitchen

The Kitchen. Saturday, October 1, 2016. Gary came up with the idea of celebrating my birthday and Peggy’s birthday at The Kitchen. First Course Bittersweet October Butter and Hops-Basted Sea Scallop Tomato Jam, Centennial Hops, Roasted Sunchokes and Vadouvan Spices Chef’s Notes: An ode to the most lustrous of months, October is a messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause…

The Summer of Concerts… and a couple in the fall

June. July. August. 2016.                                              1. The Lumineers. Kansas City Live. Kansas City Missouri. Friday, June 10, 2016. Had not been a fan of the Lumineers for long, but when I heard they were playing…

Northrise Adventure 2016 (2) Friday tour and preparations

One of the aspects that has set this trip apart is that there are so many people here who have NEVER been to Zambia before. They have all been friends of Northrise, but they have never made the trek to Ndola. So on Friday we took a tour of Mapalo, Arising Life, and Caravelle House….

Northrise Adventure 2016 (1)

Months in planning, I am about to embark on a new adventure to Ndola, Zambia. What a wonder it will be to discover what God has in store. Left Sacramento on JetBlue at 11:30 p.m and arrived in NYC Kennedy at 7:30 a.m. Next leg is the big boy – 15 hours direct to Johannesburg. We…

Adri Turns 80

Adri Jimmerfield is 80. We first met Adri in the early 70s when she and her husband Gil came to Placer High to start a Young Life club. They started hanging out and making connections with kids at games and other school events and I remember they fist took kids to Woodleaf, Young Life’s camp…