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reach out and touch, but think first (part 2 – wise physical touch)

As a culture, I fear we have grown afraid to touch each other. Thankfully, parents are no longer subjected to the nonsense of B.F. Skinner and his behaviorist notions that comforting a crying child only reinforces the behavior of crying. … Continue reading

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reach out and touch, but think first (part 1 – banish paranoia)

This is a topic around which I have labored hard to gather my thoughts wisely. To be honest, parts of this I really didn’t want to write at all. But it’s gotten to the “fire in my bones” stage, so … Continue reading

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once a warrior, always a warrior

Ten years ago today, a group of 6th graders in Leawood, KS, lost a dear friend in a four-wheeler accident. I would meet those students about five months later when I became their 7th grade teacher. I wrote this piece … Continue reading

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who am i?

Who am I anyway? Am I my resume? That is a picture of a person I don’t know. What does he want from me? What should I try to be? A Chorus Line, Who Am I Anyway? Who am I? … Continue reading

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that one kid

Every youth group has one. At least one. So does every class, at least a few in every teacher’s schedule. Parents know “that one kid” at their child’s school or in the neighborhood. Some of you reading this were that … Continue reading

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