The USS Wilkes

There are three Navy ships that had the name USS Wilkes, after Commodore Charles Wilkes. This USS Wilkes, DD-67, was the second ship to bear the name. It was a Sampson-Class destroy and helped conduct operations throughout World War I. The Coast Guard In August, 1926, the Wilkes was transferred to the US Coast Guard […]

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The Girl Scouts, a cachet, and controversy

In 1987, the USPS issued a 22-cent stamp (Scott #2259) to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America. It is a nice stamp, multi-colored, and features the images of 14 badges Girl Scouts could earn. For those who worry about such things: Issue Date: March 12, 1987City: Washington, DCQuantity: 149,980,000Printed By: American Bank Note CoPrinting Method: Lithographed […]

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USCGC Red Cedar and its philatelic history

The Coast Guard Cutter Red Cedar entered my life in 1988. I stepped out of boot camp in Cape May, N.J., and reported ten days later. The Red Cedar was a buoy tender, a hard-working, black hull cutter based in Portsmouth, VA. I served on her from 1988 until 1990, when I transferred to Quartermaster […]

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Classroom economics, OMG!

I was trying to explain to someone the classroom and the financials behind the classroom. I’m not sure they understood. At the end of the day, this topic is my biggest beef with being a public school teacher. I’ve learned the administrators don’t really impact the specifics of what and how I teach on a […]

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Leadership challenge of a lifetime, from the classroom

Note: I originally published this article on LinkedIn. Through my life, by accident or design, I’ve found myself repeatedly in a role of leadership. It may have been as a patrol leader in Boy Scouts, serving on the board of a local organization, or as executive editor and publisher of a newspaper or media group.

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An example for my little super heroines

Years ago, in 2013, when my three girls first came to live with me, but still before the adoption, I was tasked with getting them something to wear for a superhero themed party. I was so excited. It was the first party they’d been invited to and they were thrilled to no end. Off I […]

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A few tips for an older parent of younger kids

As an older parent of younger children – I’m 50 and my daughters are 10 (the twins) and 9 – I find myself feeling more like grandpa at school activities or when meeting their friends’ parents. In fact, once or twice, my daughters have been asked if I was their grandfather.

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My education journey of a different sort

High school education. Wow. What a memory. I sucked at high school. Kind of funny that I teach it today. I was an average student. I made good grades in English and history because I enjoyed those subjects, and got by in science and math because I hated those subjects. That’s about all I can […]

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