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…

People Who Were Nice to Me

While listening to a podcast on my ride yesterday, the speaker talked about those times when you can’t sleep and you start thinking about those “people who were nice to me.”  I’m not talking about the people I know who are nice, but rather those who for no particular reason watched out for me, took…

Mentoring Creativity

Megan O’Connell Squires created this video for a presentation she was giving on creativity in September 2014

Dennis, You Made It Home

In the early morning hours of Friday, September 16, 2016, Dennis Harris, my friend of nearly 18 years, went home to be with the Lord after battling esophageal cancer for seven months. Dennis taught me how to live a life sold out for Christ and how to die with grace and dignity.

What’s Up? What’s Next?

Mira Loma High School 1978 – year one,  first year teacher. Cool Chess King blazer. When you are nearly 61 and see 61.5 looming just a few month away, you have to start thinking about it. Yes, that’s the word. Retirement. But as a disclaimer. Nothing, I repeat nothing has been or will be decided…

Three in a Row

July 18-28, 2016. Started in Reno, Nevada,  moved to Orange, California then wound up in Palo Alto.

Visiting Sue and Rick in Oregon

July 4-8, 2016. Recently my sister Sue and her husband Rick bought a new place in the Willamette Valley, 45 minutes out of Portland.

El Paso Encore!

June 27-30, 2016 It was about five years ago that I did my first workshop in El Paso, Texas.