Monthly Archive: July 2013

Jul 20

Number 170: Back to the Future (1985)

Back to the Future

Back to the Future is number 170 of our top 200 movie list.  It is directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, and Crispin Glover. Back to the Future is rated PG Kenny’s Review In an age where it seems like every movie that comes out is just a …

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Jul 19

Teaching Tip: It Can’t be About the Perks

perks

 Teaching Tip: It Can’t be About the Perks via If you truly want to be a more powerful teacher to your students, then it can’t be about the job security, vacation days, or any other “perk” of being a teacher.  There has to be a strong urge somewhere inside of you that pushes you to …

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Jul 18

Badlands National Park: Overview of the Badlands Loop Road

The Badlands

Karen and I have traveled west a few times and have never made it a point to stop by Badlands National Park.  I do not know if it was the name of the place or just in hurry to get to the Black Hills and beyond, but this latest excursion west we wanted to make …

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Jul 17

Hiking Harney Peak

Watch Tower

There are two choices in trails when hiking Harney Peak, the highest point in South Dakota, and some have argued the highest point in the United States east of the Rockies.  The more popular hike, especially in the summertime, is trail number 9 from Sylvan Lake which is in Custer State Park and other begins …

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Jul 16

Scenic Drives: Custer State Park

Wildlife Loop Road

Many scenic drives can be found in the Custer State Park area of South Dakota and provide a very stark difference to the plains and badlands to the east and the high plains of eastern Wyoming.  If you have the time, we recommend all three of the scenic roads that go through Custer the Wildlife …

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Jul 15

Working on the Budget Part 1: Cutting the Cord

scissors

Working on the Budget Part 1: Cutting the Cord As Karen and I were trying to get on a budget we started looking at ways to save money and not be so frivolous.  As we started trimming we kept going back to one glaring area where we could see significant savings, our monthly satellite bill.  …

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Jul 14

Sunday Scripture: Proverbs 31:25

laughing

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.  Proverbs 31:25 Having a little daughter brings a whole new meaning to this verse for me.  I have always been a bit of a shy person ever since I can remember.  Thankfully I have gained more and more confidence the …

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Jul 13

Tater Tot Casserole: An All American Meal

Kenny and I have been hooked on a yummy casserole lately.  It is a recipe that I discovered online then I added a few tweeks of my own and we can’t seem to get enough.  It is especially easy because it is almost a whole meal in one dish.  Just add some bread and maybe …

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Jul 12

Teaching Tip: Give Students a Reason to be There

motivation

Teaching Tip: Give Students a Reason to be There What do you do with students that are just not motivated to want to be at school?  No matter what type of school you teach at, private, public or somewhere in between there are going to be students that feel that school is not for them.  …

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Jul 11

Botanica: a little breath of beauty

rose

Botanica, The Wichita Gardens is a small but beautiful 9.5 acre botanical garden located in the heart of Wichita near the Arkansas River.  There are several different themed areas in the Botanica Garden which includes a butterfly house (from June to September), a wildflower meadow, and the new Downing Children’s Garden.  Botanica will not be …

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