Author Archives: carl

a wake-up at 0430

I was pretending to be asleep this morning when David got up at 4:30am. He comes over, taps me on the shoulder… “Dad, what time do I have to be up for school…?” I told him “6:30” so he went back to bed.  just as easy as could be.  this never happens. 🙂 No, I… Continue Reading

Giving New Meaning to the Phrase “High School”

Eighty-six percent of American high-school students say that their classmates are doing drugs, drinking, and smoking during the school day, according to the 2012 National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse conducted by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. The CASAColumbia teen survey revealed that 44 percent of high… Continue Reading

Reblog:: Obesity: There Ought to Be a Law. But Wait—There Is!

A recent survey found that about 80 percent of US public high schools have contracts with either Coke of Pepsi. And given the amount of money that those companies pay to have their products on sale in schools, that’s no big surprise. Unfortunately, a lot of schools that sell soft drinks also sell all kinds… Continue Reading

ugggh, calgon take me away

Anyone remember that commercial? I feel like that lady tonight.  No, I am not going to caress myself with bubble bath. I am not a lady at all. I am a stay at home dad.  hear me roar… {meow} David is in full form tonight.  He chopped the cord from a keyboard, he stole keys… Continue Reading

long night and early morning

Well, I was up until almost 3am with David.  then he woke up at 4.  for the day.  it is now 7am. He is very hyper today.  Sent a note about it to the school.  Good luck to them.  That sounds harsh I know. He just left for school.  I am going back to bed.… Continue Reading

David’s first day of school

David started school today.  Yep. you read it right, and it wasn’t home school. He was accepted yesterday into a day program in the city near where our home is.  actually, it is about 50 miles from here. So far so good, had a solid first day. How long will the honeymoon last?  Don’t know,… Continue Reading

ReBlog: School Shouldn’t Be a Backbreaking Experience

Dear Mr. Dad: School just started this week and already, our 10-year old son’s backpack is so heavy he can hardly lift it.  I see a lot of other kids with wheely packs—should we get one for him? A: Overloaded backpacks are responsible for an increasing amount of pain, injuries, and emergency room visits. National… Continue Reading

Reblog: What the Hell? Witholding a High-School Diploma for “Cursing”?

Maybe my stint in the Marine Corps has warped my perspective on what constitutes bad language. But I found the story of an Oklahoma high-school valedictorian whose diploma was withheld by the school principal because the girl “cursed” absolutely outrageous. Kaitlin Nootbaar, 18, was giving a speech to the Prague, OK, high school class of… Continue Reading

a new school year – for David too

well, after being largely awake the last two and a half days, the kids start school today.  Even David.  Yesterday we got a call from the Superintendent indicating that if we got all of the paperwork in, David could start the day school program at the residential facility that we applied to for long term… Continue Reading