Anxiety over a new job is a weird game of ‘What’s in the box?’

Anticipation used to be joyful. I remember being so excited for Christmas Day that I would go to bed and try to make myself sleep at 4 p.m. and magically make Christmas come faster. It never worked, but the strategy seemed solid at the time. In middle age, anticipation is dreadful. Every unknown carries aContinue reading “Anxiety over a new job is a weird game of ‘What’s in the box?’”

Goal: $2,000. Please, just one last nudge over that hill

Dear friends and supports, I come to you the last time with an urgent request for financial assistance. And I mean last time. I start work as a sixth grade teacher at May Goodrell Middle School in Des Moines on Aug. 11. I would have never gotten this far without the help all of youContinue reading “Goal: $2,000. Please, just one last nudge over that hill”

TikTok star details murder-prone animals in a hilarious new book that will make you want to stay inside forever

The way children learned about animals when I was a boy was through a TV show called “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.” The syndicated show aired on WHO-TV in the Des Moines metro on Sunday nights if I recall. The show was hosted by zoologist Marlin Perkins. Perkins wore stylish, conservative dark suits. His hairContinue reading “TikTok star details murder-prone animals in a hilarious new book that will make you want to stay inside forever”