Yesterday I had the privilege of seeing the movie, Wonder. I had read the book by R. J. Palacio some years ago (a copy sits on my desk today), and I was anxious for the theatrical release. I was not disappointed.


Wonder is the story of 10-year-old Auggie, a boy with a genetic facial difference.
We first meet Auggie as he wraps his mind around the concept of entering school for the very first time as a fifth grader. Until then he had been protectively homeschooled. Continue reading


Understanding Privilege

As we pass through yet another period of increased racial tension in our nation’s history, we hear a lot of conversation around the idea of “privilege.” Privilege is understood differently by different people. For the purpose of this essay, privilege is the set of blessings we enjoy, which are not a result of our own hard work or our personal choices.

YouTube has several videos centered on privilege, some much better than others. Recently I came across a video published by Creator Studios on October 11, 2017. I will share the link below, but first I would like to share some thoughts with you.

Unfair race

When the Second Continental Congress voted for independence in 1776, they proclaimed, “All men are created equal.” But are we? Continue reading

Have it Your Way: Whopper Jr. vs. High School Jr.

Burger King has a must-see video on YouTube. It has earned nearly four million hits in less than a month. You’re going to want to see it, but before you do, please read…

Burger King employees filmed an experiment in one of their restaurants where they bullied a Whopper Jr. and they bullied a high school junior. They wanted to see which one would garner the most complaints.

Bully Jr Picture

In full view of real adult customers, a group of high school students bullied another student—both verbally and physically. At the same time, they served hamburgers to adults which had been bullied (smashed) by employees. 

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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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Enrique’s Journey

I’ve been reading Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario. If you would like to check out her website, click HERE.

Enrique's Journey

The book is the story of a boy’s dangerous trek through central America to reunite with his mother in the United States. Nazario relates the true facts as she experienced them herself. She knows what he experienced first-hand, as she took the same journey, re-tracing his path, step by step, and putting herself in grave danger along the way. Continue reading

Julia Ioffe: Modern Day American Refugee

Julia Ioffe is an American journalist who covers national security and foreign policy topics for The Atlantic.

On January 29, 2017, she published an article entitled, “This is What It’s Like to Come to the United States as a Refugee.”

Julia Ioffe

The piece is a first-person essay that brings to light the very personal emotions Ioffe faced as a refugee immigrant to this nation, immigrating here from the Soviet Union. Her words slice through political policy and help us understand the heart-wrenching feelings refugees endure. Continue reading

Don’t Reject Immigrants; We Need Them, They Enrich Us

During an American Naturalization Ceremony in 1984, the keynote speaker gave the following speech:

“Fifty million immigrants came to this country in the last 200 years. Some of the most recent have crawled over walls and under barbed wire and through mine fields, and some of them risked their lives in makeshift boats.

“And all of them have added to the sum total of what your new country is. They gave us their traditions. They gave us their words. They enlivened the national life with new ideas and new blood…

“We don’t reject them. We need them. They enrich us.”

Who was this progressive sympathizer who so strongly supported immigration and naturalization?

Naturalization Ceremony

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