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You Can’t be Happy and Ungrateful at the Same Time: 50 Things from My Gratitude Journal


Happiness and gratitude are a package deal. You can’t be happy and ungrateful at the same time. Show gratitude and you’ll find happiness. Dr. Robert Emmons, a psychology professor at the University of California, has spent his career researching the impact gratitude can have. Emmons stresses, “Gratitude is not merely a positive emotion; it also […]

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How to Persevere Like a 4 Year Old


Total Read Time: 4 minutes THE MONKEY BARS. The playground’s proving ground. The callouser of hands. The skinner of knees. A horizontal symbol of strength, of perseverance. Conquered by only big kids. On a sun-splashed day, my wife and I take our 3 kids to a local park. When the kids find the playground, our […]

8 Simple Ways To Be A More Interesting Teacher This School Year


As a teacher, I want to be interesting. I want my students to want to be in my class. In fact, my philosophy of education has always been rooted in a line from Billy Joel’s Piano Man: Cause he knows that it’s me they’ve been coming to see               […]

It’s called “The Alchemist” and you should read it.


If I could have a conversation with my 30 year old self it would go like this: “It’s called The Alchemist and you should read it.” “Why?” “Because you’re 30.  Because you’re foolish. Because you’re playing it safe. Because you think time is your friend. You yearn for the wrong things. You make half-hearted choices. […]

When Former Students Die: A Teacher’s Reflection


If you teach long enough you’ll come to learn that the human story never graduates. I last saw him 11 years ago. Waiting for the graduation procession to begin, under that shadow of his squared cap, tassel dangling about his face, he smiled and said, “Mr. Armstrong, can you believe it, they’re actually letting me graduate!” I smiled, “Yeah, […]

37 Thoughts I Had About Life This Past Year


  I turn 37 this week. To my surprise, I don’t mind getting older. Seriously. I would much rather be 37 then 27. Sure 10 years ago I was a few pounds lighter and strapped with a few less responsibilities but at 37, I feel like I’m finally starting to really learn some things. I […]

Advice from the Dead


The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.–Cicero Recently, while cleaning out the garage, while rummaging through stacks of dusty boxes I came across a brown, unmarked envelope. Intrigued, I quit rummaging, opened the envelope door and found my grandfather smiling on the other side. Inside the envelope it’s 1954 […]

The Day I Learned I Could No Longer Jump ( or Learning to Fly)


This week’s post was inspired by writer Victoria Griffin’s  Flooded: A Creative Anthology of Brain Injuries. Victoria was kind enough to invite me on her blog tour to further educate on the realities on brain injuries. I encourage you to checkout Victoria’s Kickstarter Campaign and support her awesome cause! The Day I Learned I Could […]

20 Things My Chronic Illness has Taught Me


  A few days after a muscle biopsy procedure my doctor called and delivered the name of my mysterious internal antagonist–Sar-coy-something. As I scratched down its letters on the back of a Chinese take-out menu he explained the intimacies of my disease, offered some reassurance and outlined a plan of attack. When the call ended […]

The Healing Power of Donuts


I know, I know the title of this article may not jive in this new-age, pro-biotic, juice-cleansing world we live in. But relax there yoga pants, this is a guilty-free pleasure. A farm fresh, cage-free, gluten-free, calorie free article about the healing power of donuts. So last Thursday, on my way to work, I stop at Dunkin Donuts. Now […]

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