Steve Harvey, Miss Universe and the New Year

Steve Harvey Miss UniverseI have to admit right at the onset, not only didn’t I see the faux pas that occurred during the Miss Universe pageant when Steve Harvey crowned the runner-up the winner and then had to fess up to his mistake, the only reason I even noticed it was because of social media (and I mostly ignored it).  The only reason I’ve even thought about is the girls and I had the chance to meet Steve Harvey this year and appear on his show.  So what do Steve Harvey, Miss Universe and the new year have to do with one another?

(Outside a chance to repost the link to the appearance the girls and I had on the show that is).

The new year is a blank canvas for all of us – a chance to look back at the year that was and reflect on what went right, what went wrong and what we can take away from it all.  The new year is the ultimate do over – much like Steve Harvey had about a minute after realizing the mistake.

You take a look around, realize what you’ve done, assess how to fix it and move on.

I’m sure the news-cycle will move on fairly quickly on this moment for Steve and once Christmas passes us by – we’ll all begin to look at the promise of 2016.  We all face at some level the rough and tumble of the news-cycle – just not always played out across social media, traditional media and whispered in every corner of world.

Mistakes happen, it’s a lesson we all probably started learning when we were six years old – and now and then can use a reminder.  Am I happy that my next book won’t be available for the start of the year – no.  But a chance to learn from the reasons for the delays and a chance to move on and try again next year is just around the corner.

Just as Steve Harvey did during Miss Universe – stop, realize what you’ve done and be honest with yourself and others and move on.  That’s all we can do.  History is done, the moment we’re living is now and its the one we all need to focus on.

We’re 10 days away from a clean slate – a chance to reset and restart.  Take some time now to asses what you’ve accomplished, what you’ve come up short on and what you want to do.  The moment of Steve Harvey, Miss Universe and the new year will come and go quickly – the moment of changing the narrative is ongoing.


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Sixth Grade Math: Patience (Not Another Common Core Rant)

Sixth Grade MathAs we hit late Sunday morning today, 13.5 is still sleeping and I am hanging with 11.0.  After her weekly pancake breakfast (I should blog about that too one day), much to her chagrin I knew about a math test tomorrow, so it was time to study.  This is not another Common Core rant, instead patience is whats needed for this sixth grade math romp.


So the first missive in this was asking her when she planned to study.  With a shrug of her shoulders she disappeared upstairs and returned 10 minutes later with a post-it sized piece of paper saying she wrote down all she needed to study.  I looked at the paper and told her to fire up the computer in the living room.

Next came her effort there.  She spent about 10 minutes doing a handful of problems on the state’s Common Core website.  What would have been nice is if she was working in the lessons and chapters that would be on the test tomorrow.

So, now in the right lessons, she’s spent 20 minutes doing problems – she refuses to print out the pages, so she is making notes on small pieces of paper and then we are reviewing. First problem, she graphed wrong.  This is about detail and checking work, so she needs to keep at it.

There is a lot of concern about the Common Core math lessons, and frankly I am not going to pile on to that bandwagon or pretend that I am troubled by my kids learning math a different way than I did.

Instead, my issue is more in my own house, where I just can’t get 11.0 to adopt good study habits.

Patience.  Breath.  Math.  We can do this, and still enjoy Sunday – I know it.

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The Ruse of the Do-Over

Action and ReactionThink back to the days when you were younger playing ball in the street.  A car came or the ball hit a branch over-hanging the street sometimes after an argument you did a do-over.  Nothing happened, and you get to replay the moment.  Later in life though comes the realization, the do-over is a ruse.

Adult reality is more aligned with Sir Isaac Newton’s law of physics: for every action there is an equal but opposite reaction.  And there is no do-over.


Mistakes happen.  People are emotional creatures which helps cement the randomness of actions and reactions.  Then there are the consequences.

Out in the street there was the ruse of the do-over.  Yes, you can replay that moment.

Later in life, actions and re-actions come complete with consequences.  And there in lies the rub of life.  Stand there, and realize Newton was right.  Actions spur equal and opposite re-actions and when emotions are added predictability is gone.

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