Sunday, June 16, 2019

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Do You Really Need 10,000 Steps a Day?

Do You Really Need 10,000 Steps a Day?



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College Students Aren't Checking Out Books - The Atlantic

College Students Aren't Checking Out Books - The Atlantic





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I’m a Doctor and I Struggle to Help Men With Depression

I’m a Doctor and I Struggle to Help Men With Depression



Retirement

Well today, I went to a retirement party for three of my fellow teachers here at Palm Middle School.  I am jealous that they've reached the end of their time in the educational trenches. Things aren't getting any better in education and in fact for the most part, the kids are running the show.  Discipline is not being enforced evenly among the students if at all.  Morale is pretty low among teachers and generally education is at a low point.  I need some change in my career at this point, maybe another site or grade level. 

It's Time to Stop Wearing Burnout as a Badge of Courage | Shine

It's Time to Stop Wearing Burnout as a Badge of Courage | Shine



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Why Mental Health Is Crucial for Men - Mental Health Awareness Month

Why Mental Health Is Crucial for Men - Mental Health Awareness Month



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Monday, May 27, 2019

Memorial Day weekend

It was a nice weekend, I spent some time alone with both girls, individually which was nice.  Izzy and I went down to Redlands too Barnes and Noble Bookstore browsed for awhile, then had some Dairy Queen.  We took the long way home through Oak Glen and it was overcast but a nice drive. 

Amber and I spent Sunday alone and we cleaned her room together, it was a complete disaster, then played Minecraft.  She has such a good imagination and is a very skillful builder.  Down to the park for awhile. Then home to see if Debbie returned home. 

We celebrated both Debbie's birthday today and Amber's adoption day.  I grilled chicken on the grill and made some baked beans, tater tots, a green salad and of course the cake.  Which Amber decorated. 

Memorial Day

Dear Madam,
I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle.
I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.
I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.
Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,
A. Lincoln
A salute and reflection of silence for the fallen brothers and sisters that have charged their memory to the preservation of our founding ideals.

How Dungeons & Dragons Can Help Kids Develop Social-Emotional Learning Skills | MindShift | KQED News

How Dungeons & Dragons Can Help Kids Develop Social-Emotional Learning Skills | MindShift | KQED News



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It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.

VINCE LOMBARDI

Monday, May 20, 2019

I am reading this two books right now

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Alittle absence

Well things have been going reasonably good these last few weeks, I am still up in the air on how much longer I am going to work in education.  Retirement sure would look good but I am not sure it is feasible at this time maybe in a few more years.  I really think that as long as I am able I'll have to work.  I don't really know what else i would do to take up my time.  For me, idleness is the devils playground and I don't do well mentally without some stimulation/work. 

I have been reading alot this year so far and am going to easily meet and exceed my reading goal of a book a week for the year.  I really enjoy reading and have always been a big reader since I learned to read.  I have to thank my mother for instilling in me this love of reading and books in general.  I like self help, history, SciFi and fantasy for the most part. 

I do like the quiet and order of an early morning.  I need to get back to getting up early again and make it a habit.  I get up about 6:15 AM every morning, but I'd like to get up at 5:00 AM.  If I am going to do that I need to get to sleep earlier so good night for now. 

What Happened When I Made My Students Turn Off Their Phones - aeon - Pocket

What Happened When I Made My Students Turn Off Their Phones - aeon - Pocket



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If You’re Just Not a Morning Person, Science Says You May Never Be - Vox - Pocket

If You’re Just Not a Morning Person, Science Says You May Never Be - Vox - Pocket



Sunday, May 12, 2019

Does Depression Have an Evolutionary Purpose? - Nautilus - Pocket

Does Depression Have an Evolutionary Purpose? - Nautilus - Pocket



Mother's Day

It's been a mixed bag for me today.  Izzy is gone in residential treatment and I miss her deeply, it's just not the same without her.  One of my children is gone.  Amber has been playing in her room most of the day and Debbie is relaxing binge watching Netflix shows.  Testing is this coming week and the students have half days all week so that's nice.  I got a nice picture of my Mom today from Melissa. 


Monday, May 06, 2019

Happiness

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
DALAI LAMA

Friday, May 03, 2019

Should I stay or should I go

I sure have been questioning the idea of working much longer in education.  The kids are so apathetic and unruly, it makes it a real challenge to teach and maintain order in the classroom, when no consequences exist for poor behavior.  I am disillusioned with the profession and the idea that we can reach all the kids.  I know that being older has something to do with it and being out of touch with the realities of society today that drives people to distraction.  I am very unhappy with what education has become.   

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Playing with my Raspberry Pi



Just messing around last night with Raspbian Linux on my Raspberry Pi model 2.  I plan on installing RetroPi and playing old ROMS of games or Kali Linux and do alittle recon.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Tough Day

It was a difficult day with Izzy and Amber today.  I need to remember how much worse it could be.  I've had friends with kids on drugs and even worse.  So I should count my blessings.  God will see me through any hardship.  I keep thinking about work and how tough it's been lately for me to be motivated to get things done.  So it's been tough both at home and work.  Maybe it's time to double down on my faith in God and pray more.  I want to believe that will help, but with Izzy things just seem insurmountable and something that will take a lifetime to even just work on.  I don't know why I am having such a tough time with things lately. 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Unconscious Bias

Well the last two days I've been at Unconscious Bias training at work.  I can understand some of the reason for it, but they sure want to make sure us old white guys get hammered with what "we've" done to every sub group no matter how outrageous. I don't buy into this guilt trip nonsense and yes I have conscious bias towards some groups and don't really care that I do.  I just try to be a decent guy and not act on it overtly.  Being a white, heterosexual, male, middle aged, Christian is considered by most everyone in the class to be a crime.  Forget them I am who I am and I'm not going to apologize for what others have done. 

Yes, Life in the Fast Lane Kills You - Nautilus - Pocket

Yes, Life in the Fast Lane Kills You - Nautilus - Pocket



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The Definitive Superfood Ranking - Outside - Pocket

The Definitive Superfood Ranking - Outside - Pocket



Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Ups and downs

Today has had its ups and downs.  Work has been a got mess lately and as a teacher I've been less than stellar.  Izzy was scheduled to come home and then that wasn't going to happen.  We just now got word that she is going to be home tonight if everything goes well. My Mom is out of the hospital and at home.  Which is also good news. 

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Chinese Formula 1,000 Grand Prix

It has been an exciting race so far although my favorite Daniel Ricardo has not done quite as well as I would have liked.  I like the fact that he is a regular guy and really funny.  He’s also pretty fast.  As far as the top runners, I’d have to take Vettel and Ferrari. He is a German and the Prancing Horse, Ferrari is just too cool.

SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 14: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 14, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Saturday, April 13, 2019

I've forgotten how to laugh and have fun.

I’ve been depressed for so long it’s as if I’ve forgotten how to have fun and laugh.  It’s not that people haven’t seen me laugh lately, but it’s always a mask concealing how sad I really feel.  With all that is going on in my life this and other things have made is very hard to feel very good about myself and feel very vauable or loved.  I know that’s not the case, but I have the feeling.  Sometimes I try to buy happiness other times it’s more difficult and I just retreat into myself.  I didn’t want to take medication for this and fought about it for a few years but finally gave up and take them now.  It doesn’t seem to either help or not help, I really don’t know if it would be worse without them or even if they work for me.  I just take them every day.  I withdraw from friends sometime because it’s hard to always pretend.  On a positive note this depression has been getting better, maybe it is because Summer is coming. I really don’t like work because I feel like a failure.   

I had a black dog, his name was depression

The Black Dog has been bothering me lately

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” 
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Book Goal for the year

I am well ahead of my reading goal of 52 books for the year.  I sure would have liked to go to the L.A. Time Festival of Books, but parental duties call and maybe next year.  I read mostly SciFi and Fantasy. I've read 21 books so far, about 7 books ahead of schedule.  I am a member of Goodreads and the Sword and Laser book club. 

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” 
― Mark Twain

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How I Read 100 Books in a Year

How I Read 100 Books in a Year



Friday, April 12, 2019

Another day

It was an interesting day at school. Today we had the Riverside Area Rape Crisis speaker come to my classroom and give a talk about sexual harassment to the kids in all of my classes.  it was a very informative presentation of a very important subject that I think went over most of the boys head, the girls seemed to understand.  Other than that it was a pretty uneventful day, somethings have been bothering me lately and I really wonder what my future will hold.  I really worry too much about things I don't have much control over.  I think I am alot like my mother that way.  I see alot of both my father and mother in me.  Good and bad, but overall I think I am a good person but not without some faults.  I also have a hard time forgiving myself for the mistakes I've made in my life.  I sometimes thing of myself as a failure and that isn't true.  Enough of this I need to get to bed and get some sleep i have an early day ahead of me. 

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Monday, April 08, 2019

First day back after Spring Break

It was the first day back after two weeks off.  The kids were very talkative and it really bothers me that they are so distracted from their work.  I just don't think they understand the importance of getting a good education and not letting things slip away.  It's hard work to build good study habits and excel in school.  Even my own kids struggle with that and they both know that not getting good grades is not an option.  I joke with them that they must get a Master's degree before they can get into a relationship and I am only having joking.  With everything changing so rapidly in the world knowing how to solve problems in a variety of ways, I believe is going to be the key to success and an education can help you to learn that. 

To shave or not too shave, this is the question.



26 incredibly useful Google Calendar tips

26 incredibly useful Google Calendar tips








The Cure for Sidewalk Rage Is Gratitude

The Cure for Sidewalk Rage Is Gratitude



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Tim Berners-Lee: 'Stop web's downward plunge to dysfunctional future' - BBC News

Tim Berners-Lee: 'Stop web's downward plunge to dysfunctional future' - BBC News

Opinion | Steve Jobs Never Wanted Us to Use Our iPhones Like This - The New York Times

Opinion | Steve Jobs Never Wanted Us to Use Our iPhones Like This - The New York Times