Keyword: Michael Alcorn
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Ask the Rockies if chemistry counts

Once upon a time, in another lifetime, I helped my friend Matt coach a high school baseball team. And, at one point a little way into the season, we were in the middle of a game, and Matt called for … more

Find your love ... and a livable wage

I recently ran into an old friend of mine, a music teacher. He had retired in the last couple years, and I hadn’t seen him, so it was good to bump into him. I asked him, “what have you been doing … more

Some perspective on all this Advanced Placement

Ah, August 1st. That little turn of the calendar brings out so many emotions. Sports fans recognize the dawning of a new football season, and the (in some places far from here) pennant chase part of … more

Harry Potter, Nikola Jockic and Kim Kardashian walk into a Twitter thread...

A couple of days ago, the video game “NBA 2K20” released its player ratings. As I understand it, (I don’t have a lot of time for video games) these ratings are used within the game to determine … more

Skaggs story teaches us that tomorrow is not promised

On July 1st, just over two weeks ago, a young man by the name of Tyler Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in Dallas. This was very unexpected — Tyler was just weeks shy of his 28th birthday, … more

Civility seems to be sorely lacking

My, my, aren’t we proud? Once upon a time, I thought it would be a really great thing to be on the national news. It seemed like, you know, that meant you were famous and good things would come … more

Some of the companies I’m happy to keep

You will be known by the company you keep. My Dad used to preach that line to us, as both encouragement to surround ourselves with good people, and a warning that you can’t hang out in the wrong … more

Payoff for growth ‘rarely worth the price’

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. — Italian proverb, attributed to Montgomery Scott Raise your hand if you’ve been inconvenienced—either in minor ways or in major … more

I’ve got friends in Mile High places

I was there. Yes, I was at the Garth Brooks concert last weekend. If you would have asked me 20 years ago if I could ever imagine spending the kind of money it took to get tickets, so I could see … more

Musing about life’s many cycles as several of mine shift

There is a season, Turn! Turn! Turn! And a time for every purpose under the sun. I have been rather preoccupied lately with the idea of cycles, and seasons of life. I suppose this is a natural … more

Grads could learn what not to do from me

Tomorrow morning, some of my favorite people in the whole world will celebrate one of the more significant milestones in their life. Along with over 400 of her own classmates, and about 380 of her … more

Real life wisdom from fantastic sources

I find that there are two kinds of people in the world… Doesn’t it seem like that’s always a prelude to some smarmy theory some person who has a very high opinion of their own intellect wants … more

No spoilers — but Avengers movie highlights some learned wisdom

I had an old friend, Jim, whom I taught with for several years, who had two children—one, an older boy from his first marriage, and the second, a girl, many years later. And Jim would often joke … more

Recent scenes from around my world

One of my favorite activities is people watching. I love to sit back and observe people when they assume nobody is watching, just to see what kind of people they reveal themselves to be, and maybe, … more

Talk to the kids and tell them to relax and enjoy life

The news — as usual — has been a source of deep disturbance over the last couple days. This morning, I saw the worst fears of a community — of a family — confirmed when the news reported that … more

Not appreciating the legislature’s approach

Several years back, I wrote about how sometimes the style with which you approach something is so damaging to your credibility that it no longer matters what you are trying to say—your message is … more

Be sure to tell your children a good story

“Careful the spell you cast, Not just on children Sometimes the spell may last Past what you can see And turn against you. Careful the tale you tell That is the spell.” — Into the Woods I have … more

Envisioning a goal is often step one

I believe I’ve mentioned before that my son, now age 12, spends a lot of time watching YouTube videos. And many of them are of the useless, brainless entertainment variety. And that’s okay — … more

Systems sans sense

So, the wife and I were having an argu… a discussion the other night. You know how that goes — starts out as a philosophic discussion, then somebody misunderstands something, then, suddenly, … more

A tsunami of fatherly advice

Dear Middle Child— Welcome to the pages of the newspaper. Yeah, this is a thing that I do — ask you older sister. Every once in a while, an issue comes up that I need to address with you, but, in … more
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