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The Third Peacock

Middle child of six siblings, this third Peacock often got lost in the crowd.

Girl. Boy. Girl. Boy. Girl. Boy. Our six birthdays, from the oldest to the youngest, spanned just nine years.   1,264 more words


Politicians Can’t Seem to do it, But These Citizens are Learning How to Find Common Ground, Washington Post, 7/21

By: David J. Smith, July 26, 2017

I’d like to recommend this article  written by Washington Post reporter Colby Itkowitiz as a model of what one person can do to work across the divide.   64 more words

Public Education

Some wheat fields

The winter wheat harvest is hitting its stride in the Heartland. “For amber waves of grain” is more than a pretty lyric in a beautiful song at the moment. 440 more words


My commencement speech to the graduating class of Basis Chandler

On May 23, 2017 I delivered this commencement speech to the graduating class of  Basis Chandler, a charter school populated by impressively high achieving students. It is a speech specifically geared to that graduating class, but I hope there may be a few provocative thoughts for all. 988 more words


Trouble in Paradise

News that another terrorist attack has happened in Europe – or more specifically, in the UK at Manchester – is cause for concern. The first report of the bombing to reach my ears pegged the death toll at 19. 349 more words


Political winds

The attack upon the health care legislation of the previous U.S. administration has been yanked. Its likely failure cited as the cause.  Politics.

I’m not a politician in the professional sense. 461 more words

Life Lessons

1.20.17: The Better Angels of Our Nature.

As he was inaugurated President of the United States on March 4, 1861, Abraham Lincoln said:

We are not enemies, but friends. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.

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