Choosing Kindness in the Face of Tragedy

We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with bad news. Bad news sells. Headlines and top stories scream at us of disastrous events. There is no escaping this fact.

We have a choice. We can focus on the bad news and become angry and bitter, or we can move beyond the stories that are so upsetting and work to make our world a better place.

One tragic headline hit very close to home this week. A first grade girl and her father died from carbon monoxide poisoning resulting from a house fire. The girl attended Weddle Elementary School in Salem, Oregon, one of the schools I support in my role as a retired principal.

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Celebrating Hometown Heroes

{Due to work obligations, I need to take a hiatus from my weekly Blog. I am retiring from my position of Elementary Principal, and I need the month of June to focus on ensuring my school is ready for my successor and the new school year.}

In the meantime, I would like to dedicate this space to three local heroes:

Rick Best

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche

Micah David-Cole Fletcher

At 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2017, these three men were riding a light-rail train in Portland, Oregon.  Continue reading