Seriously? You’ve Got Nothing Better to Teach Your Students?!

My wife let me know about this outrageous behavior. A preschool teacher in Norco, California was caught on film leading a political chant in which the 4 and 5-year-old students were calling for President Joe Biden to leave office. The video lasts only about eight seconds. You can hear a teacher asking the students, "Who's … Continue reading Seriously? You’ve Got Nothing Better to Teach Your Students?!

A Wonderfully Entertaining, and Educational, High School Play

My wife and I left the theater in awe tonight, saying to each other, "I can't believe that was a high school play!" The couple we were with had the same reaction. We had just watched Anastasia, a play based on an animated film of the same name from 1997. which was then made into … Continue reading A Wonderfully Entertaining, and Educational, High School Play

That Was, Simply Put, Reprehensible Behavior

It wasn't as bad as January 6, 2021, but man, was it terrible. I don't even want to mention their names, but two members of the U.S. House of Representatives embarrassed themselves, and our nation, during President Biden's State of the Union Speech last night. One of the reps yelled out at Biden, while the … Continue reading That Was, Simply Put, Reprehensible Behavior

Despite Survey Results, Families Still Gather During the Holidays

Ritual Zero Proof recently sponsored a survey of 2,000 Americans over the age of 21 regarding family gatherings during the holidays. The results are "sobering": 60 percent dread going to such gatherings. 63 percent agree that there’s always one family member who takes things too far when it comes to “indulging” during the holidays. 58 … Continue reading Despite Survey Results, Families Still Gather During the Holidays

Where Should You Live?

The New York Times Opinion editors have created a website that will help you find places in the United States that best suit what you are looking for in terms of potentially multiple criteria. Here is the link: Where Should You Live? The choices are grouped into four categories: Lifestyle (17 choices) Climate (6 choices) … Continue reading Where Should You Live?

Music Monday: Rising Country Duo, the Dries, Performs “Dolly Would”

Music can bring out many emotions, but I think my favorite kind of music is the type that just makes me feel good. And that's what the song in the week's post did for me. Dolly Would, a song written and performed by The Nashville-based husband-and-wife country duo of Katelyn and Derek Drye, pays tribute … Continue reading Music Monday: Rising Country Duo, the Dries, Performs “Dolly Would”

Music Monday: Practicing What I Preach?

Last year I wrote a post, "What Would Cause You to Stop Being a Fan of Someone or Something?"in which I wondered what I would do if somebody or some team or some company that I was a fan of did something I totally disagreed with, whether it’s a political stance they take or breaking … Continue reading Music Monday: Practicing What I Preach?

Sorry. No Scholarship for You. You’re Too Slow at Jumping Rope.

In 2014, Chinese authorities introduced physical-education requirements that included a national jump-rope exam for boys and girls from first through sixth grades. To pass, students must complete minimum numbers of skips a minute, and failure can trip up an otherwise promising academic trajectory. Top officials see the activity as an accessible, low-cost way to help … Continue reading Sorry. No Scholarship for You. You’re Too Slow at Jumping Rope.

Why Is There Even a Word for This?

We were watching Jeopardy tonight, and the following clue popped up: I wasn't sure what I was more impressed with, that somebody knew the answer, or that there is actually a word for throwing someone out the window. And apparently, this is not the first time that the word defenestration has been used in Jeopardy. … Continue reading Why Is There Even a Word for This?

Americans Should Be Embarrassed

The Annenberg Civics Knowledge Survey, conducted since 2006, focuses on the American public’s understanding of the Constitution of the United States. Since 2013, the civics knowledge survey has been conducted annually for Constitution Day (Sept. 17) as the Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey. The latest results from the 2021 survey, while encouraging, are also, in … Continue reading Americans Should Be Embarrassed