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The Keys To Being A Good Neighbour

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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Haircuts and Barbershops and Baldness and Beards

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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Loneliness in G Minor

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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A Christmas Memory

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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Two Embarassing Situations

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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Terrence and His Mother’s Wallet

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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Sometime—In Fact, Almost Always—They Grow Up

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’s Short Story

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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Flame and Chopper

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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Animals – Big Birds

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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