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…

Father and Son and Friend Spring Training 2017 Adventure

I got another one of my “big ideas.” Robert was scheduled to have a doctor’s appointment on Friday, February 24 in preparation for his chemo and radiation treatments  set to begin on Tuesday, February 28. Why not leave that Friday afternoon, fly to Phoenix and see three Giants spring training games? Take Monday off. Perfect….

Brain Tumor Journey

It all begins.  This journey began on Sunday, November 20 at 5:15 p.m It’s a journey no one wanted to take, but that’s just how it goes sometimes I guess. We were all hanging out together that Sunday. Kate wasn’t working. Robert was home. We we just enjoying the beginning of Thanksgiving break looking forward to a…

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…

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…

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…

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.