Uncle Sam and Your (And Now, My) Taxes

In recognition of my first year ever having to file a tax return to the Internal Revenue Service of the United States… and in celebration of my having completed that arduous pitfall-ridden process… this.

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What's Uncle Sam Doing With Your Money
Source: H&R Block

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Normally I Don’t Do This (2011-05-11)

The ultimate gaming system. Funny.


Normally I Don’t Do This (2011-04-27)

This just blew my mind.  He said “not righteous, but right-ish” (!) … Check it out.

PS: If you liked that, you’ll love this.


A Profound Answer

I really don’t like forwards… they just tend to take up lots of time and email space.  But every now and then a real gem comes across like this one I got today.  I won’t ask you to forward it, though.

The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life.

One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued,  “What’s a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?”

To stress his point he said to another guest; “You’re a teacher, Bonnie. Be honest. What do you make?”

Bonnie, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied, “You want to know what I make? (She paused for a second, then began…)

“Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.

I make a C+ feel like the Order of Canada.

I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents can’t make them sit for 5 without an IPod, Game Cube or movie rental.

You want to know what I make? (She paused again and looked at each and every person at the table)

I make kids wonder.

I make them question.

I make them apologize and mean it.

I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.

I teach them to write and then I make them write.. Keyboarding isn’t everything.

I make them read, read, read.

I make them show all their work in math. They use their God given brain, not the man-made calculator.

I make my students from other countries learn everything they need to know about English while preserving their unique cultural identity.

I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.

Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts they were given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life.   (Bonnie paused one last time and then continued.)

Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, with me knowing money isn’t everything, I can hold my head up high and pay no attention because they are ignorant. You want to know what I make? I MAKE A DIFFERENCE. What do you make Mr. CEO?

His jaw dropped, he went silent.

That just made my day. ;0)


New Blog – Godly Households

James “Gibby” Gilbert, director of the Family and Youth study track at SIBI, has recently started a blog.  I’ve been reading it over the past couple of days, and it has some great stuff – check it out.

http://ghouseholds.posterous.com/


Still Haven’t Leaned

When I first started this blog, I used to promise my non-existent readership that I would post something within the next day or so… which always, always, always ended up meaning that I wouldn’t post anything for several months. Clearly, I haven’t learned my lesson.

I’m starting to understand why writers can become frustrated. Not that I have any aspirations to being a writer, but from the outside looking in, it looks so easy. How hard can it be to sit down and bang out a few words every now and then? (Real writers and serious bloggers are cringing…) It’s actually nowhere near as simple as that. There’s making time to write, and then actually coming up with something worth writing. I wonder how some people do it.


No Comparison

Today’s our anniversary!!!

I got her tickets to this

She got me this

Like I said, no comparison.