Author Archives: abundance in the boondocks

One Teaching Evaluation

During one my years as a high school English teacher, I was assigned three sections of English 12. Those seniors liked to visit, tell stories. At a football game, when the boys in my classes were running down the field and I cheered them on, I realized I liked them. I wasn’t just being professional […]
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Roosters and Realities

Mr. Feathers was a rooster I never met. He was the master of the hen house on a forty-acre farm owned by my friend, Anna. She brought Mr. Feathers home as a young cockerel along with the female chicks she planned to raise for eggs. He followed Anna while she pulled weeds around her tomato plants or […]
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S is for Surprise

I had news to share with Michael about a home improvement project. I had made phone calls and gotten some estimates. I wanted his attention. I wanted to brainstorm. He gave me his attention. He put on his Project Manager cap and told me about things called budgets and timelines and needing a plan and […]
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A Quick Bit Of WWII History

Here is a character from World War II that has not had a prominent place in movies such as Life Is Beautiful or Schindler’s List. It is also word I missed in history class. Quisling. A noun. This word came into use in the 1930s as a means to describe the followers of Vidkun Quisling (1887–1945). Quisling spent […]
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Noggins Open to Possibility

Traveling requires keeping the noggin open. This involves going off the beaten path, getting lost. It involves reading maps and finding the way. It involves, when traveling in Key West, Florida, key lime pie and sea food. As a little challenge during our three-night stay, I decided to try as many different slices of key […]
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