Keyword: Michael Alcorn
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Big projects, like moving a school grade, have lots of little steps

Author's note: It should be noted that, in the interval between this column being written and it appearing in print, the middle school in question has proactively dedicated staff to solving somebody … more

Without position players all we’re left with is grandstanding

I may have mentioned before that, as Robert DeNiro once said, baseball is one of my “enthusiasms.” So, of course, the last several weeks have been wonderfully entertaining for me, as our … more

Bronco bias belies abilities of best backs

When I was a high school music teacher, there were seasons of the year that we would be working on the same piece of music for weeks at a time. And one of the hazards of the job when that’s the … more

Teachers and PGA pros have something in common

Last weekend I travelled to St. Louis for a golf weekend with some old friends of mine, and, as part of that weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club. … more

Summer’s end gets my head to spin

A variety of odd thoughts have been spinning around in my head this week, searching for a pattern, or some unifying idea across the board. I think that’s what happens as I realize that summer is … more

Club sports might be clubbing the love out of the game

I had an interesting online interaction the other day in regard to the World Cup. I know ... *another* soccer column. Anyway, there seems to be this narrative developing in certain circles that the … more

To tell the truth ... we don’t always

Honesty…is such a lonely word….everyone is so untrue. — Billy Joel, 1978 Think about that for a second: the Piano Man wrote those lyrics 40 years ago. It’s a tribute to his genius that they … more

About my current sports viewing ... it’s complicated

I have a confession to make. It’s a difficult one, so, please, bear with me. Whew. Here goes. I have been watching the World Cup. There. I said it. I know, I know — I can hear the sneers coming … more

It might be nice to have a Washington on our side

As we approach the 242nd Anniversary of the birth of our nation, it often escapes our attention that the real birthday of our nation just passed. On June 21, we celebrated the 230th Anniversary of … more

An incredible sequel and hidden artistry

As a Dad, most of the movies I have gone to see for, oh, the last 20 years or so, have been at the request of someone else. Sometimes, this is a bad thing (see: “Twilight,” and its three … more

Cultural emptiness feeds into recent tragedies

Third week of June: Four shot in the parking lot of a dentist office in Westminster following a traffic altercation. Second week of June: two celebrity suicides. Third week of May: mass shooting at … more

In the cake shop ruling, a draw is a win

A couple years back, I coached my son’s soccer team at the YMCA. It was a bit of a rag-tag bunch, thrown together for just that season, with, if I remember right, only four kids who had ever played … more

A thank-you to our elementary school teachers

Many moons ago, back when I was still in a phase of my career in which I had to purchase my pay raises, I had to take a class called “Trends in Modern Education.” I remember very little of the … more

Amidst all the change leap into the adventure

“Just because everything’s changing, Doesn’t mean it’s never been this way before. All you can do is try to know who your friends are, As you head off to the war. Pick a star on the dark … more

Avengers school assembly: Let's guess at the SATs of the MCU

My daughter came home this week with her SAT scores. Of course, she believes—because she’s told this by her school — that this score is the end-all, be-all key to future success, happiness, and … more

Do what you love ... enough to do the hard parts

Well, I guess, now that it’s May, our high school seniors are all going to be spending many minutes over the next month or so receiving some variant of the message “do something you love, and … more

Troublesome timing on those teacher walk-outs

Did you ever see something, and immediately ask yourself, “who thought that was a good idea?” I had a really strong moment of that about three months ago. Think back to early February: at that … more

Opening day to moving day, the cycle of life continues

This past weekend, we moved our oldest daughter out of the basement and into an apartment. And, though we had done this before, this one felt different; this one feels final. In one of my more recent … more

I might need more crud in my life to spark creativity

My wife and I went to see “I Can Only Imagine” over Spring Break. I enjoyed it very much, for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the discovery of J. Michael Finley, who played Bart … more
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