I was honored to be interviewed this week by an educator taking a class about teaching children with disabilities. This was such a great opportunity for me because, as Iâ€™ve said before, itâ€™s important for teachers to try and understand these children or inclusion doesnâ€™t work. Iâ€™m glad to see teachers getting an education about integrating these pupils into their classroom.
I was sitting on my front porch having a glass of tea, too hot for coffee, and continuing to remember the trip I took down the Mississippi River in September of 1995. As I have said before, I was working as a financial consultant at the time. It was a pretty stressful job. I did love doing what I was doing but I was continually working under a great deal of stress.
Ayn Rand, at age 12 witnessed the revolution and expansion of socialism in 1917 Russia.
Rand, who was opposed â€” from the beginning â€” to the Bolshevik insurrection, was taken aback by the political upheaval following the revolution that gave rise to power of Vladimir Lenin and Communism. Communist behavior and socialist policy would shape Randâ€™s political beliefs until her death.
Rand, born into an educated bourgeois family of hardworking parents who had acquired wealth, witnessed confiscation of the family pharmacy business by Communists and the collective socialism that followed.
The week ahead will be a busy one for Buckley Public Library. Today at 11 a.m. our toddlers and pre-schoolers will â€˜Dig Into Readingâ€™ for about half an hour. We had a fun time last week, and it was great to see the younger kids again. Wednesday at 10 a.m., the Magic Archaeologist will be passing through Poteau to share his finds with our elementary school kids. At 1 p.m. Wednesday, magician and entertainer Steve Crawford, who seems to know the Archaeologist well, will have a magicianâ€™s workshop for our teens.
If you have been watching the news you have noticed that more and more crime is happening in your local area. And crime does not discriminate between sizes of towns or how good the people are in it.
I live in a town with a population of approximately 3,415 people. But the crime rate has risen each year by at least 20 percent over the last 10 years. Some people blame the local drug issue but that has not been proven at this point. Others believe that low income is to blame. Both are viable points and very likely to be an influence in crime rates rising.
Well, I was out early the other day, having my third cup of coffee and thinking about the fact that summertime is really here. The wind was still, it picks up later in the morning, the sky was clear. It is warm, some would call it hot, and really humid. This got me to thinking about a summertime years ago that was very similar in nature to what we are experiencing today.
I sat down to write this column about something else, but as I began to research I found an interesting site with quotes from Temple Grandin. I have used some of these in the past, but I realized that I needed to share some more. This woman has so much information and knowledge to communicate that will help us as parents and advocates understand a little more about the spectrum of autism.
I was sitting on my front porch having my first cup of coffee, thoroughly enjoying what the morning had to offer. Beautiful day today with a very light breeze, temp around 80 and clear skies. I was thinking about the past few days and a trip my wife and I made to the Ardmore area for a family reunion.
My brother called me the other day to talk about the NSA spying program leaked by Edward Snowden.
He said he has been fascinated by the response of politicians, particularly of their language regarding the incident, and the frequent use of the word treason in describing Snowdenâ€™s actions. Itâ€™s an extreme word used to elicit an emotional response.
The hyperventilating seems to span party lines.
My brother told me his impression is that these politicians are running scared, but he wasnâ€™t sure of what.
The strangest thing happened to me this week. A series of events that I am sure are completely unrelated and coincidental but none the less, strange enough to make a person take pause. Now I am not a big conspiracy theorist, but I have my fair share of thoughts on the capabilities of intelligence agencies and their ability to gather information in a Casper the ghost type fashion. The technology is vast and abundant and we have given the powers that be the ability to track our every move since the inception of the internet and the creation of wireless web.