I love what I’m doing with life.

Yesterday I asked my students if they'd be willing to come in for an extra hour when my parents are in town to reprise their recital songs for them. I told them it wasn't mandatory, but it would mean a lot to me. Many of them agreed, and one even wrote: "I am willing to do it. You work hard for all of us, and I want to show them how amazing of a teacher you are!" And later another student wrote me:"I feel like sometimes I don't say thank you enough for what you do. I truly appreciate it. I … [Read More...]

Donald Trump: burning the flag should result in $100k fine or a year in prison.

Our President-elect is back on Twitter assuring the entire world he's unfit for the job:Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2016Where to even start?First, flag burning is protected free speech thanks to Texas v. Johnson. Of course, if Trump gets to appoint a second SCOTUS Judge, that could change, but it would only change due to p … [Read More...]

My students will be singing their semester recital this Saturday. If you’re near Kansas, you should come!

This Saturday at 1pm at the High School in Burlington, Kansas my students will be performing their end-of-semester recital. There are a LOT of strong numbers.One of the students that will be performing, we'll call her Betty, began the semester as one of my weaker students. This is me working … [Read More...]

I’ll be on Recovering From Religion’s stream-a-thon today! Tune in at 4pm Central (or all day).

Hey gang, I'm stepping out the door to voice lessons. But before I go, I want you to know that I'll be on Recovering From Religion's stream-a-thon today at 4pm Central Time.They've got a pretty swank line up, which you can see on their Facebook page. Click that same link to tune in to the … [Read More...]

Cast of Hamilton had a message for Mike Pence (and Trump didn’t like it).

Mike Pence attended the Broadway production of Hamilton last night. Tweets I saw throughout last night suggest he was boo'd by the crowd at every opportunity.Good for them. Although, if you boo'd him and didn't take the time to vote against him, maybe save some of those boos for … [Read More...]

I recorded a new single with Jeremy Groom: Tell Me Once Again.

So, I'm now part of a fun little side project called Reasonable Doubt with Jeremy Groom and Lara Magyar. Last night we recorded our first song called Tell Me Once Again:Here are the lyrics: You say he's just a braggart like that should ease my mind he's claimed the highest office and I'm … [Read More...]

MORNING HAPPINESS: I steal pets.

Ok, so there will be a lot of original music today (this is part of what I've been doing as blogging becomes more of a hobby, that and teaching).Here's one that cracked me up the other day, so hopefully it will put a smile on your face......because there's also some really bad news today … [Read More...]

Creationist Ben Carson declines any official role in Trump administration.

So Trump promised to "drain the swamp", but has started putting all his cronies into power like Steven Bannon, Newt Gingrich, and Rudy Guiliani. Fancy that.Which is why stories saying Ben Carson was likely to become the Secretary of Education were particularly troublesome. However, Carson has … [Read More...]

Supreme Court denies cert in lawsuit claiming scientifically sound education standards favor atheism.

Here's a happy story we all probably need right now.In 2015 a group called, brace yourselves, Citizens for Objective Public Education filed a lawsuit claiming that education standards in Kansas were favoring atheism by teaching the science behind evolution and climate change.Y'know, … [Read More...]

To Our Children.

First, Ed Brayton beautifully captured how I feel this morning: So many emotions this morning, but the primary one is shame. I am ashamed of this country for electing Trump president. It was a common refrain during the campaign to say in response to Trump's behavior "that's not who we are as a … [Read More...]

WWJTD Election Day Hub and Live Blog.

SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM FOR THE MOST RECENT POSTWelp, here it is, and here is where I will be parked in a state of increasing drunkenness into the day/night. I'll do my best to respond to reader questions in the comments and on twitter.We start with good news: 538 has Clinton at almost 72% … [Read More...]

Imagine that, FBI says nothing new with Hillary’s emails. Shock. Surprise.

Part of what I do with my day is watch political rallies live and, let me tell you, Trump does a lot of them. It's the same shit over and over, and I find myself longing for sweet release from the burden of life less than five minutes in. But sure enough, when the plane lands at the next destination … [Read More...]

MORNING HAPPINESS: Um…did you know it is petting time?

The election is tomorrow. We need this: Munchkin follows human step for step … [Read More...]

Fareed Zakaria has a beautiful explanation of why we cannot elect Trump.

This is one of the most powerful pieces of political commentary I've ever seen. CNN's Fareed Zakaria explains why he will be voting against Donald Trump on Tuesday:And if you're the type who doesn't base their political positions on facts and such, here's a bunch of celebrities singing a … [Read More...]