Grateful Warrior By Dr. Erv Barnes

There was a time when I wallowed in my dread, feeling dejected, rejected, and ejected. My marriage was ending, a second career collapsing, and my little farm slipping away. I did some writing, and one of the collections of short pieces I titled, “Nobody said Thank You.” That was eight…

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Meanest Teacher- Phillip Schubert

Philip Schubert is the meanest teacher in the world. I know, because I was in his Speech Class during my sophomore year at Fort Atkinson High School inWisconsin. The whole idea of taking speech class, a required subject, terrified me. You see,Fort High was exactly the seventh school that I…

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Carol Ropp: Teaching About Farm Life and Cheese

Carol Ropp has taught more children as a retired teacher than she did when she had her own classroom. Over 12,000 city kids have learned about life on a farm by visiting the Ropp Jersey Farm in Normal, Illinois. When a group of visitors from preschool to seniors arrives, Carol…

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Diamonds from New York’s East Harlem

Jody Hart, a retired teacher from Utah, handed the aged book to me. “You are going to identify with Leonard Covello.” I took her word for it as well as the book, The Heart is the Teacher, written by none other than Leonard Covello, copyright 1958. Later that day, I…

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