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Spotlight Music Review – My Morning Jacket

September 28, 2012
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My Morning Jacket is labeled as an American Psychedelic rock band from Kentucky.  They haven’t gone main stream yet but regardless, they have a very large following. Mark my words…you will hear about them sooner or later…might as well check them out sooner. I think they are light and airy with a certain bouncy quality. […]

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Ben’s Labyrinth

September 26, 2012
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One of our weekend rituals is going to the park with Benson. Because he is such an active little dude, we like to give him a large area where he can roam freely and explore. It’s entertaining to watch him as he surveys his surroundings and chooses what to do. Today, as we pull into the park du jour, the excitement […]

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Is teaching to a standard wrong?

September 25, 2012
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 I think it is fair to say that everyone feels as if we should raise our education standards. We certainly wouldn’t lower them, would we? But does this mean having tests for “standardization” in school is the best way to attain them. Anyone in economics would immediately look at the incentives of that type of […]

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Spotlight Book Review – Odd Thomas

September 21, 2012
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  Odd Thomas: An Odd Thomas Novel by Dean Koontz– One of my favorite books. Growing up I was a high energy child. My mother will tell you that the only way she could get me to sit still for any length of time would be to read me a story. My siblings did not […]

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An American Werewolf in Michigan

September 20, 2012
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Amelie is the sweetest baby. Most days she is content just looking around with wide eyes while her brother ransacks the day like a Viking pillaging an innocent village. Her big round peepers always carry a bit of twinkle even when Benson zooms up to her and screams “AMI!” or “SISSY!” and proceeds to paw […]

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Any Given Sunday

September 19, 2012
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Football Sunday is big in our house; I am in several fantasy football leagues and love the Pro game. Benson is now 21 months old and last year at this time, he was too young to have any concept of it. This fall, I have decided to begin the brainwashing by attempting to get him […]

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Is our education system bad for our children?

September 17, 2012
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 As a father of young children, I’ve turned my attention to considering and investigating the educational options available today.  It’s a topic that has always piqued my interest, but only recently have I begun to consider the practical challenge that parents face in selecting an educational path for their children.  While I don’t have a definite […]

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Spotlight Music Review – David Gray

September 14, 2012
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One of the first things I discovered about Ellen was her fantastic knowledge of music. By our second date she had put together a 2 disc compilation of songs (she titled it Balloons because of its uplifting quality) mostly from artists I had never heard of. I was shocked that there was that much fantastic […]

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Videodrome 2 – The Sequel

September 12, 2012
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Benson loves his iPhones; Ellen and I both have iPhones but they are essentially his. He now knows how to swipe, scroll and pick out You Tube videos that he wants to watch. I’m not sure if we as parents should be proud that he is so skilled with the electronic device or worried that he yearns […]

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Vision Quest

September 11, 2012
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Being a parent means lots of good moments and bad. For instance, it feels bad and wrong that I have to leave my kids with someone else everyday while I’m at work. I think of all the “moments” that I miss because of this. And I can’t imagine that anyone takes care of them like […]

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