The Principal Chronicles

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If the author’s wife thought that the odd things that happened to her husband would stop after he retired, she was mistaken. Dave tries to help the neighbour whose son had left his car window down in the rain.

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Not ‘a’ story really, but several smallish and related stories about the author and his lifelong relationships with a parade of barbers and stylists – and the reason he often sported only half a beard.

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New to the school for the Arts, I encounter a single student in the school, late at night, playing her violin in the foyer because of the perfect acoustics and the chance to hear herself play with no one else around.

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As they say, ‘Christmas comes but once a year,’ but when you work in schools for 35 years, dozens and dozens of memories are created.

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In 17 years as an administrator, I was bound to have more than a few embarrassing moments. These two anecdotes as the most embarrassing I can recall.

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I’m asked by a student’s mother and the police to search her son’s locker. I’d say, “You’ll never guess what I found.” but that would be an understatement. I may be the only principal in history to find what I found that day.

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The expression “kids these days” is usually meant as an insult of the younger generation. While there may sometimes be some validity to the insult, it’s also true that, almost always, the younger generation grows up to become fine adults.

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Shukri was one of the finest students I ever had the opportunity to work with. This story shows the respect that students, even those far older than she was, had for her.

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The author meets, and deals with, two members of biker gangs. They went by the nicknames Flame and Chopper. You’ve got to wonder how someone earns a nickname like one of those, don’t you?

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While most schools have to deal with the occasional sparrow or starling getting into the building, most never have to deal with wild turkeys.

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