Cool June Morning Musings

It’s a cool and breezy morning as I sit to write this post. The temperature has been in the low- to mid-90’s this week, so sitting outside has not been on the top of my to-do list. But for whatever blessed reason, today it’s in the mid-80’s and breezy And I’ll take that any day. …

A Letter to My Replacement

Dear you, I hope you know how lucky you are to work with these amazing kids everyday. I hope that even when you’re stressed and tired and angry that you will remember these are the best kids you’ll ever meet. Take a step back and remember that when times get tough. I hope you know …

Big Thoughts in a Small Town

This past weekend, I played a concert in El Dorado, Arkansas. It’s one of my favorite symphonies to perform in. The town is charming, the symphony is talented, and the coffee shop is adorable. There’s even an independent bookstore. Seriously, what more could a guy like me want in life? Saturday morning, I woke up …

Life Lessons from Ponies

This weekend, I drove to my parents’ house to see my family and to play with my ponies. Let me tell you; there is no stress reliever like playing with a pony. Maybe it’s just the country boy in me, but being out in the sunlight and in the green pastures is so relaxing. My …

A Very Restless Plucky

It’s testing week! It’s testing week! And you know what that means! Actually, if you’re not a teacher, you probably have no idea. So I’ll break it down for you in a way that hopefully doesn’t sound like complaining. It means a week of getting to school earlier than usual to sit in a room …

Happy April

Today is a beautiful and wonderful day! Today, I am happy to be celebrating Easter and The Resurrection with my family. There is nothing better than celebrating with my family. March was a much kinder month to me than January or February proved to be (old-man back notwithstanding). I read some really great books, starting …

The Magical Librarian

Last year, I was at the library–you know, just one of my casual trips I make three times a week–and I saw a sign for my library branch’s book club. I had recently “changed my membership” from one library branch to another and was excited to see my new branch was reading¬†Hidden Figures: The American …

Happy March!

So, February came and went much faster than I anticipated. January lasted exactly seven years and thirteen days. And February lasted six minutes and forty-three seconds. I’m not sure how that happens, but I blame flat earth, aliens, chem trails, and MK Ultra. So today starts March, and with March comes my new monthly thing. …

Wake Me Up When January Ends

Look, I’m just going to say it. January was AWFUL. It was awful. It was only highs and lows. There were no middle-of-the-road, chill days. There was literally as high as possible and literally as low as possible. I would have killed for an average day in January. One of my first mentioned that January …

“Sometimes When You Dream,

you dreams come true in extraordinary ways.” -Jo March,¬†Little Women: The Musical This past week, I got to have the experience of a lifetime. I got to check the last item off of my bucket list. For those of you unfamiliar with the idea of a bucket list, it’s the list of things a person …