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The Value of Practice

The Value of Practice

No one questions the need for almost incessant practice to become a world-class athlete. Long days practicing in the heat or cold, or money spent on individual coaching to perfect a skill are not only understood as necessary but are encouraged to help athletes optimize their skills. Few would argue the inherent value in practice as it relates to athletics, but there is a glaring double standard when the concept of practice is applied to academics.

Did You Know? Independence Day

July 4th is a day when Americans celebrate their independence, but it’s also a day to commemorate two men who played vital roles in procuring that independence. Both John Adams, the second President of the United States, and his successor Thomas Jefferson passed away on July 4, 1826. The two men had an interesting relationship that became increasingly complex as the nation they helped to found developed. According to History.com, Adams and Jefferson were confidantes in the 1780s. But as time wore on, each man developed a different view of what the United States government should be, creating a rift in their relationship that was only widened by the 1800 presidential election. The men ran against each other in that election, which is still considered one of the more contentious elections in American history. Jefferson ultimately claimed victory, a result so unnerving to Adams that he left Washington, D.C. prior to Jefferson’s inauguration. The two men would ultimately reconcile, exchanging more than 150 letters before dying within hours of one another on Independence Day in 1826.

Reality TV, The Camera Is the Real Star

Reality TV, The Camera Is the Real Star

A couple of months ago Lori and I finally cut the cable. That is our satellite cable. Our satellite bill had creeped up to $170 a month. I mainly watched Fox News and Lori loves to watch reruns of old TV shows. So after talking to the Cable Company who promised a price less than half of what we were paying we opted to boost our internet speed to 1 gig and switch to cable. However when they came out to hook it up the technician told us that he only had a work order to boost the internet speed. That he would have to come back and install a cable box. However when we called to have that done we learned that the offer for cable we had been given was no longer available. So we decided to cut the cable completely and stream TV off of the internet.

Only One Job to Do

Only One Job to Do

My concerns about public education in America piqued after reading a tweet authored by the U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardona. In his tweet, Dr. Cardona celebrated the innovative efforts of schools and district’s nationwide to ensure K-12 students are vaccinated against COVID19. Dr. Cardona mentioned “scholarship opportunities” and “prizes” among incentives to encourage students to get vaccinated. The Secretary of Education thought this was worthy of celebration.

HUMAN’S POWER IN THE SPIRITUAL REALM

GOD has not given Christians power over spiritual beings. GOD healed many over the ages but it has always been His power that did it. Humans only ask in faith and GOD does the healing. Humans only have power over themselves and some things of the world. One reason GOD did not give humans power is that with the “nature” we have received at birth we could not use GOD’S power to do right. We would be using it in our wars and against each other.

Hard Times are Relative
Hard Times are Relative

Hard Times are Relative

My husband and I just celebrated an anniversary. It was the porcelain anniversary, to be exact. See, back in the day, there was a chart, surely created by the Hallmark folks or some etiquette guru, that told you what gift you should give for each year, 1-60. I know this because my grandmother worked at a pharmacy, the kind that stopped just short of having a soda fountain. Smith’s Pharmacy, in Seagoville, did have a pretty cool break area where I would be sent to drink a Dr Pepper in silence, and with perfect posture, so that I stood a chance at sweet talking Mr. Smith into giving me a treasure, like an empty perfume tester bottle or the defunct display case for the Timex watches. That was my take on the situation. I think my break area banishment had more to do with my mom needing to color match the perfect Max Factor pancake makeup shade or choose the right 70’s blue eyeshadow in peace. Soon, however, I would tire of being asked by elderly coffee drinkers to recite TV commercials (every kid has a talent, ok) and inevitably slither along the back wall of the gift section to a tiny room behind the jewelry counter. There, Miss Ozella, the family matriarch, would surely be wrapping gifts. Watching her dexterity and the crispness of the lines she made from the glossy pastel paper was mesmerizing. Don’t even get me started on the handmade bows. “Do you know what I’m wrapping, Dina?” “No ma’am.” “Well, it’s an anniversary gift. It’s the wood anniversary gift.” She would point to a chart on the wall. Every year was listed alongside the corresponding gift and the meaning. I never understood. Were these the gifts the couple should be giving to each other? Or, were we all destined to keep a running list of everyone we knew who was married and give the appropriate annual bestowal? I still don’t know the answer. I just knew that room was magical, stacked counter to ceiling with a rainbow of paper rolls and a cornucopia of ribbons just waiting for Miss Ozella to spiral them with one sharp scissor blade. I still get nostalgic when I smell Scotch tape. But, back to anniversaries.

Did You Know? Ice Cream

Did You Know? Ice Cream

If the 1927 song “I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream” by Howard Johnson, Billy Moll and Robert A. King is correct, then the world has been a noisy place for quite some time. Though the exact origins of ice cream are unknown, historians agree this popular treat has been around for a very, very long time. The International Dairy Foods Association says the origins of ice cream may reach as far back as the second century B.C. Though he wasn’t around back then, the fifth Roman Emperor Nero, who ruled from 54 to 68 A.D., might have been so fond of iced treats that he routinely sent runners into the Apennine Mountains to retrieve snow that he would then flavor with fruits and juices. That tale might be apocryphal, but there’s no denying ice treats have been enjoyed for a long time. And based on a 2018 report from Grand View Research, Inc. that projected the global ice cream market would reach roughly $79 billion by 2025, it’s fair to say ice cream will remain popular for a long time to come as well.

What Is Freedom?

“In some places without freedom, girls aren’t allowed to go to school,” says Haley, age 8. “The only people I can think of who would like that are the boys! Boys in our class torture us!”

A Good Story is a Joy to Hear

A Good Story is a Joy to Hear

The power of a good story never gets old. When Forney Education Foundation Board members have the opportunity to interact with new people about FEF and its mission, the results are almost always the same. There is an almost euphoric feeling when the listener spontaneously donates to the Forney Education Foundation after just a short interaction with a Board member.

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