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Sonoma Summer, The Zen of Deer Buttholes

The Sycamore trees remind me of growing up in Modesto. A baby ladybug lands on my neck and I let it crawl around the keyboard of my MAC like it’s in a giant labyrinth. Strangers share the table and offer me some of their lunch. Moms with strollers walk by [...]

By | June 18th, 2018|2 Comments

Get to the dump while you still can

Damn you Anthony Bourdain. Death is one thing, inevitable, unavoidable, the only thing we all have in common but self-inflicted death is quite another. And at 61, when your career and health seem OK, WTF?   You were that guy we turned to whenever we needed a mini-staycation. Can’t think [...]

By | June 10th, 2018|4 Comments

The 23% Revolution

The diaper T-shirts have improved my professional confidence by 23%. These blog posts have improved my writing mojo by 23%. Dropping booze brain has given me 23% more time. Coaching sports has led to a 23% increase in work satisfaction.   Are you getting where I’m going with this? Or [...]

By | May 26th, 2018|2 Comments

Pain? What Pain?

The surprise manscaping was a nice bonus.   I wasn’t 100% in the morning but there are many mornings that I am not 100%. Could have been the birthday weekend with the boys in Squaw Valley, could have been the snowboarding fall on Sunday which had me thinking maybe it’s [...]

By | May 22nd, 2018|4 Comments

Winner winner chicken dinner

A very strange and rain-soaked tennis season ended with the SVHS boys winning, well, everything, and I gotta tell you, I kinda like it. http://www.sonomanews.com/sports/8278981-181/sonoma-takes-scl-singles-doubles?artslide=10   Sure it’s about the journey and all that crap but really, it feels good to win. I walked around the plaza the other day [...]

By | May 8th, 2018|2 Comments

Everything was a new idea once

“Walk out of a meeting or drop off a call as soon as it is obvious you aren’t adding value. It is not rude to leave, it is rude to make someone stay and waste their time.”  Elon Musk has it right; I wish others felt the same way. I’m [...]

By | May 1st, 2018|3 Comments

The Virtual Reality of Gun Control

I really should be down in the cave at Nicholson Ranch schmoozing with my 12 wine tour clients but I’d rather be reading. I really should be working on my platform for administrative interview questions but I’d rather be reading. I really should be sketching by the lake but I’d [...]

By | April 13th, 2018|1 Comment

Entitled and Aware

4:30 am on a Friday morning and I’m actually the third person up in the house. Daughter and wife just left for the high school to pick up a few other students and catch a flight to Washington.   My big concern is what to wear to the Frank and [...]

By | March 30th, 2018|3 Comments

Our school makes all the signs for Sonoma International Film Festival

The head of curriculum is in my art room and I can see she has some concerns. It’s Thursday morning, a week before SIFF 2018 and controlled chaos would be a good description of the scene. There is a painting station outside under the overhang with three students, a second [...]

By | March 19th, 2018|2 Comments

Four years as SVHS Principal is all I need…

Four years is all I need Four years to prove that student-centered learning is what it’s all about. I’m using the Rahm Emanuel/Arnie Duncan model from Chicago. From crap to well, better. Progress not perfection. Four years to completely turn SVHS around. And it won’t be pretty, think Balboa High [...]

By | March 15th, 2018|14 Comments