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Alex Lancia

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Slice of Life

Coffee, Water & Sunrise

At a recent after-school meeting a colleague asked the group ... What makes you happy? Such a simple yet profound question.  My simple answer was watching the sunrise over a body of water with a hot cup of coffee.  But... Continue Reading →

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March 11 #SOL18: Sunday Morning

Sunday morning. My favorite morning. As the steam rises out the top of my Bialetti I know the coffee is ready.  I slowly pour it into my favorite mug, grab a cookie out of the deep freeze, head down the... Continue Reading →

March 9 #SOL18: A Student’s Student Led Conference Perspective

Trepidation was in the air. The tension was palpable.  I knew this day would come.  It finally did.  My teacher tells me everything is ready and yet I can feel the weight of expectations on me.  My mom and my... Continue Reading →

March 8 #SOL18: Circular Thinking

“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” John Wooden I love this quote.  It reminds me of our decrepit water heater in Canada.  Built in the 1960s but still... Continue Reading →

March 7 #SOL18: Unsung Heroes

The problem with things just working is you get used to it and assume that is the way things are and always should be.  The moment things start to go wrong the complaints and recriminations come fast and furious.  I... Continue Reading →

March 6 #SOL18: Sweet Dreams

Sweet dreams take me away. Take me away to another day. There is more to do but I cannot stay. I cannot stay if my eyes won't play. My batteries are low and I need to plug in. I need... Continue Reading →

March 5 #SOL18: A Good Day

Today was a good day.  Everything seemed to click.  My usual ride to school wasn't available but an Uber showed up promptly and I got to school at my usual time.  Good.  My students were in a great mood and... Continue Reading →

March 4 #SOL18: Through a Horse’s Eyes

The sun shimmers off his glistening back. Black, majestic, and powerful he paws the ground with his front hoof. Kept prisoner by a flimsy rickety fence he scans the grounds.  He seems disinterested, aloof, and bored.  Then he cocks his... Continue Reading →

March 2 #SOL18: Thankful

The first comment I received as I started my 2018 Slice of Life Challenge was "brief and to the point."  As I type this the ubiquitous evening thunderstorm is rolling in bringing a much needed respite from the heat and... Continue Reading →

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