Emotional Footprints

Ever hear a song and find yourself immediately transported back to prom or some other significant event in your life? Yep. That’s an emotional memory, which is a strong force in the brain. Although some cognitive information fades, the emotional…

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Squirrel

Distraction – It’s a horrible thing. Is it any wonder why our kids don’t pay attention? It’s hard to attend to any one thing when the world in which we live is moving faster than the speed of light. Novelty…

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Adjusting Our Sails

It was an interesting two days of travel, to say the least. To my recollection, we have seen frozen precipitation drop from the sky a handful of times since we’ve lived in San Antonio over the past 25 years. This,…

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Independence

Independence has a taken on a new meaning for me now that my children are older. As we speak, my second born son is in Oklahoma on a weekend road trip. He called my wife from a friend’s house and…

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Let's Start at the Very Beginning

A fresh start. A clean slate. A new beginning. Kicking off a new semester affords all of us the opportunity to strengthen our skills, sharpen our saws, and adjust our attitudes. What's your New Year's resolution? Every year something happens…

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Survival of the Fittest

And thus it begins – the last week dash toward the winter break. We know students and staff members are stir-crazy. So, we must be aware this will impact behavior on many levels. Step One: Slow down. Modeled behaviors are…

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The Gift of Selflessness

“What do you want for Christmas this year?” It’s a simple sentence I have uttered at more than one time in my years as a parent. When I ask this innocuous question, I really do have good intent. However, if…

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