15 08, 2017

Memories of the 1979 Solar Eclipse

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1979. I was barely surviving my first year of teaching in Des Plaines, Illinois.  Although I taught seventh grade math, my real passion was teaching science.  So you can imagine my excitement at being able to share the 1979 solar eclipse with my students.  After all, a total solar eclipse is practically a once-in-a-lifetime experience [...]

30 06, 2017

Happy Birthday, Grandma Anna

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Memories of Grandma Anna Sunday is the 126th anniversary of grandma’s birth- July 2, 1891.  I thought I’d take a moment to share some memories I have of her. My first memories are from when she and grandpa lived on the house on the hill.  Grandma had an old rusted stove out back of her house that [...]

21 06, 2017

“Excuse me, sir. Are you wearing underwear?”

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Those of you who know me can confirm that my superpower is finding humor in the most unlikely of places.  (It actually runs in my family.  It is most likely genetic and is least likely to have come from the stoic, Norwegian side.) This week, I had the privilege of discovering the dress code rules for the Bexar [...]

12 06, 2017

Her Name is Rachel D’Avino

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My friend, Julya Billhymer, wrote an important blog about why we should remember the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting rather than memorializing the name of the murderer. I couldn't agree more.  I've chosen Rachel D'Avino.  Rachel was only 29 years old and she had just begun her job as a teacher's aide at [...]

27 05, 2017

Priorities

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Priorities There’s never time to do everything on your list.  That’s why you have to prioritize.  Do the most important things first and save the rest for later. That being said, I am disappointed in the priorities evident in this 2017 legislative session.  Texas had some important issues that needed tending to.  Like: Education funding Victim’s rights [...]

25 05, 2017

Still Working for Victims

By |2017-05-26T22:15:54-05:00May 25th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Still Working for Victims

I am continuing to fight for victims. During the 2017 legislative session, I worked with state senators and representatives on two new laws to protect victims -- Gina's Law and Lesley's Law. Gina's law would protect kidnapping victims and enable them to get protective orders against their kidnappers.   Lesley's Law would protect victims from [...]