Diary Entry 7/7/2017 – I Love to Feel the Rain in the Summertime

A few cool things to share this morning, this:

My wife’s friend at work picked this us at a record store since my wife shared I was a big Alarm fan. I’m in awe!

And this …

Sarah and I went to the movies last night.

Oh and one other thing, I got called up to be on the panel Sunday on the LAMBcast. My good friend MovieROB is Leading because he won MOTM with Saving Private Ryan. I watched it yesterday while eating buffalo wings. I don’t mean any disrespect, but they were so good!

Life is good! I’ll be wise to not fly too high as it isn’t how high you jump but how straight you walk when you hit the ground again. An old church quote I picked up that has served me well.

Damien Scott



Holy Cracked Molar it’s the 4th of July

Yesterday I bit into a nut bar and cracked my lower left molar in half. I assume the other half is in my system somewhere. But other stuff is happening too. Read on for the online diary.

It’s weird because that tooth has given me pain and sensitivity for years now. Sometimes it would stop hurting for months. Most recently, it just acted up when I but down. So, I learned to bite and chew mostly on the right side. The past week or so, it’s been hurting when I have slip-ups and chew hard things on it. Now, it’s broken off and the strangest thing has happened. I only have ½ a tooth back there but it doesn’t hurt and I can even even bite down fully on harder foods with no pain. It’s bliss. I was so afraid I’d have unbearable pain but I actually chew better now! For the concerned out there, I am planning a trip to the dentist and I am keeping that area well brushed and “Listerined.” The cave man in me wonders how long I could go on without a trip there. Is pain the only reason we go? Well, there is preventative maintenance. I’ll probably go pretty soon for that. Not so sure it will be over my Summer though. There are too many movies to watch both at home and in the theater. Furthermore, add amazing binge-worthy tv. I am on “The Path” with Aaron Paul currently. It’s a great show but you have to go on faith until about season 1 episode 5. That’s where I was officially hooked.

Been thinking about cutting back on coffee. I’m in my second day of pressing the 4 oz Keurig button instead of the 12 oz one. Surprisingly, it seems to be working. I feel less blazed on caffeine all day. As get older I need to remember I do what I do, regardless of coffee, I don’t need it. Sniff sniff, sad that I have to start that mantra but I do.

I’ve identified 200 great movies as a list. I continue to enjoy blog film criticism on several fronts. rileyonfilm.com hosts my reviews and I put up a lot of stuff to read and see on my twitter page @rileyonfilm

What are you up to? I dig them comments! The few, the proud, the commenters!

This is a heavenly photo to me. There is such a strong sense of…

This is a heavenly photo to me. There is such a strong sense of belonging and home in it. Things I could go in and do: Eat rocky road ice cream, watch the Brady Bunch, be a superblogger (I do that anywhere I am).

I like photos that relax me. My goal is to train my mind to summon these images when I’m stressed or otherwise out of sorts. There’s a book called the Relaxation Response I really dig. It was written in the 70′s. To be able to consciously look at an image, imagine it, or do some physical action and invoke the relaxation response has been a goal of mine for many years. This is one of those images.

Why don’t we treat relaxation with the credit it deserves in our lives?

“How you make others feel about themselves says a lot about you.”

“How you make others feel about themselves says a lot about you.”

(via thelovejournals)

I really needed to hear this tonight. I thought I was doing someone a favor and they stabbed me in the back. When this happens, I have a tendency to want to get back at the person but I know that isn’t helpful.

Tomorrow I will have to see this person and I want to focus on making them feel good. Not a very exciting proposition I know but it’s the way I was raised. I don’t want to live with a me who makes people feel bad. With all that I am and all I can try to be, I want people who come into contact with me to feel good. Of course, there is a time to stand up for yourself but I don’t think I am anywhere near that with this person. They actually are pretty sad and need my help not my chastising.

Have you been in a situation where someone stabbed you in the back when you helped them? How did you deal with it.

Please please please leave me a comment.

Life and Chalk Lines

Photo credit: darksilenceinsuburbia

I’ve been making chalk lines lately. I think I’m getting close to the best boundaries. I’ve learned through trial and error what shouldn’t bother me, like work fears (irrational ones that is). I used to get those so much when I found out after the fact I was doing a way better job than most. It’s my personality to second guess myself. I’m taking care of that line.

I’m giving myself more lattitude to make mistakes. Life is one big first take. We do get second tries on most things. Think about it. I think the highest individual is the ne who sees failure and let down as part of the whole picture that makes us “US.” I wouldn’t be here today with the peace I feel without the stress of past days. My how I thought the end had come more than once. It’s a great aphorism to “sleep on it.” In the am this are always smaller, more compressed. For younger people it’s hard to sleep. I tell you there is an art and talent in not giving a shit. If you aren’t there, aspire to it and don’t hate those who are there, like me.

Classroom Setup 2015

We only had one day this year to get our rooms ready for the first day of school. As is traditional, I’m posting photos. Tomorrow is the first day the kids come back. I’m excited about fleshing out all the content walls, including the new feature: a college wall.

One of the final views. Notice the cut out letters at the top.
Mr. Pig and Mr. Duck are ready!
Tables in position.

I only had a day. there is SO much for a teacher to do, a list is invaluable. without one, I’d be dead in the water.
Notice how the walls are bare? This is what I came to work to find today.