Let’s Be Essential

If you’re struggling with being “essential” and you love teamwork and you’ve suddenly got a lot of time on your hands…join me for some lively discussion on how we can help each other through this difficult time of quarantine.

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Together, we can talk about our situations. Separation is hard but we can still connect…thank God…and we can still make a difference. One good thing about this “quarantine” is that no matter how far away you are…you’re as close to me as my next door neighbor.

Additionally, if you have elementary school kids, I am reading aloud the book The Hundred and One Dalmatians. I am doing one chapter at a time on my school district YouTube Channel. Here is the first chapter. The others will appear as I get to them and read them from different locations. Subscribe to the channel and be notified of new chapters. My brother used to read this book to me when we were young. As a substitute teacher for elementary kids, I know that they enjoy being read to. I am also enjoying the process.

Reading Chapter 1 of The Hundred and One Dalmations

Please share this Story Time opportunity with anyone who you know with kids. Some of the conversations are related to the play that was going to be performed by the students in my wife’s elementary school classes. Everyone should be able to relate.

Morning Mood

Like most people who are transplants from other parts of the country, I make a big deal about this climate. The people who live here all year round are oblivious to awesome this daily experience.

Warm Winter Mornig

A couple of days ago, it rained.  Over my life in New Jersey, particularly in the last 10 years, rain affected my days in negative ways.  I had a love affair with bicycling to work everyday.  Rain was my enemy.  I now have the freedom to bike everyday, or so I thought.

Just one day of rain is unusual here in the desert.  Recently, it rained two days in a row.  The slow, consistent rain accumulated to about 1/2 inch overall.  It also allowed for much more in the nearby mountains.  That rain fell as snow.  

While I hate the idea that I had to suspend my biking to work for the last several days, I am thrilled that I was able to ride this morning for enjoyment.  I was wearing shorts at 9:30 AM and delighting in the fact that I can see the snow covered mountains, but I don’t have to deal with the snow that affected my commute in New Jersey.

Like most people who are transplants from other parts of the country, I make a big deal about this climate.  The people who live here all year round are oblivious to awesome this daily experience.  I hope that I never lose my appreciation for where I am living and how lucky I am to live right here, right now.

Mount San Jacinto