Random thoughts on specific things

The DeVos Family and Limitless Greed

Now that Betsy DeVos is no longer a national scourge and ironic choice for federal education secretary, she has returned to Michigan and reset her sights on attacking public education in Michigan. Her Let Kids Learn campaign is nothing less than a Trojan horse for school voucher. Vouchers themselves are Trojan horse for tax breaks for the wealthy. Michigan’s voters have rejected voucher campaigns twice already. Betsy and her family have restructured vouchers into “opportunity …

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1st Workout Music List of 2022

Helped during resistance workout today! Nino-The Linda LindasOh Well-Deep PurpleGood Ones-Charlie XCXSpike the Punch-Alex LaheySkinny Dipping—Stand AtlanticKnead-Illumanati HottiesPool Hopping-Illumanati HottiesWhen I’m Gone-Alesso & Katie PerryCould Have Been Me-HalseyRaspberry Beret-PrinceMonsters-All Time LowSugar, Were’ Goin’ Down-Fall Out BoySong 2-BlurAre You Gonna Go My Way-Lenny KravitzGood Times Bad Times-Led ZepplinBring Me to Life-EvanescenceOblivion-Royal BloodTake My Breath-The WeekndEnemy-Imagine DragonsDirty Little Animals-Bones UKDon’t Be so Hard on Yourself-Alex LaheyYou Will Never Work in Television Again-The SmileChampagne Problems-InnaCola Song-InnaGot You-Potty MouthNot …

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When we tried to grow regular old bell peppers, they never ripened. So we tried jalapeños and they did very well. That’s great as Ian and I enjoy adding the canned peppers to meals throughout the year!

Why gardening?

I love being in our garden. Folks not from the U.P. are often surprised at the gardening we can do here. As you can see, these delphiniums are quite happy–that’s them not yet at their complete height! Our home here has a lot of room for gardening and I’ve been slowly getting rid of sod since we moved in here eight years ago. Why? Because I keep running out of space for my plants! Gardening …

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The School to Prison Pipeline

Schools are blamed for many things and many social ills in American culture.  Following the most recent school shooting in Oxford, MI, the phrase “school to prison pipeline” is rearing its ugly head again.  I’ve been a school administrator in some fashion now for sixteen years, this saying is among the most offensive I’ve encountered.  

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Opinion | Oxford shooting: Don’t blame high school for following state rules

“As a superintendent in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, I am concerned that school officials in Oxford may be judged unfairly, considering the laws and regulations that cover Michigan’s schools. It was inevitable that, following the horrific shooting in Oxford High School, that a search for folks and systems to blame would begin…” Read this guest commentary published on Bridge Michigan