Call it potpourri if you will, or even topic soup. Our 'other' category features a dash of humor, a sprinkle of home projects and tips, and a good helping of articles not found in the other categories. Sit down and enjoy a heaping helping of intentional randomness. It's on the house!

A Review of Disney’s “Pandora — The World of Avatar”

As you walk into “Pandora — The World of Avatar” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, you are transported to an entirely new world. It is a world filled with suspended mountains, plants that shoot water, strange-looking creatures, fauna that seems to be from a science fiction movie and enough visual treats to keep you […]

How to Practice Safe Swimming

The stats are stark: Each day, about ten people lose their lives in an unintentional drowning. Out of those ten, two are children age 14 and younger. Those numbers are from the Centers for Disease Control. Think about that — 704 children die each year from an unintentional drowning. How sad. How preventable. As the […]

Blog Hijacked! Family Road Trip

It’s time to “drive” dad crazy! He’s up front driving the car on our first major family road trip during spring break and we’re stuck in the backseat. So, we’re gonna have a little fun. We’re hijacking his blog and talking about our travels. Dad’s been gearing up for this family road trip for months. […]

The “Q”: The Question of the Week

As a teacher, what are the nicest things your students to have said to you? About 15 years ago, I had a student who was very bright and very determined. We reconnected a few years ago. He said, “What I remember from the very first day as a freshman in your class was that you […]

What Things can a Student do to Make a Teacher Feel Appreciated?

This Week’s Question: Teachers, what things can a student do to make you feel appreciated? It’s not tough. Show up on time. Be ready to learn. Do the reading. Do the homework. Ask intelligent questions. Be interested in the subject. Here’s the deal – as teachers, we are not looking at our students as potential […]

Why Do Teachers Like Times New Roman?

I’ve written a few answers for Quora. Here you go.  Why do my teachers expect essays to be typed in 12-point font in Times New Roman? It’s the standard. One, a 12 point TNR paper, double spaced with one inch margins is 250 words/ page. Two, when we receive a paper in 12 point TNR, […]

Dealing with the Death of the Family Pet

We first noticed something was wrong with our beloved cat around Christmas. Always feisty and rambunctious, he loved to eat the ribbon and wrapping paper on presents but this year there was a new wrinkle to his activity — he starting throwing up all over the house. My wife and I hoped that he was […]

Lessons from a 3-Legged Dog

Sometimes you find the most significant parenting lessons in the strangest places and at the most surprising moments. Earlier this week I was at home and stepped outside to get something from my car. As they are wont to do, my kids, 6 & 4, followed me outside. A woman happened to be walking her […]

It’s a Small World

As I rode through the classic “It’s a Small World” ride at Disney’s Magic Kingdom last weekend several thoughts intruded upon my overworked brain. As I tried to enjoy quality time with my wife, kids and extended family I could not completely omit the news and images of travelers and refugees being banned from entering […]

One Morning in a Mosque in America

In the Muslim world, the weekend of 27 January 2017 was impressively evil. Der Drumpfenfuhrer proclaimed a travel ban on Muslims into the United States. “It’ll make America safer,” they say. A mosque in Texas was burned to the ground hours later. “It might be a hate crime,” they say. A mosque in Quebec City […]