That 2021 Energy Playlist

Well friends, we’ve made it past 2020. I figured we could all use a bit of a pickup after that, so I’ve created “[That 2021 Energy Mix](https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/that-2021-energy-mix/pl.u-doljWcNmzzm)” – songs sure to pump you up, in a thematic playlist. Let’s walk through it! Well friends, we’ve made it past 2020. I figured we could all use… Continue reading That 2021 Energy Playlist

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Losing a Guy (a.k.a. 170 pounds) in Just Under 11 Years

On March 16, 2011, I weighed myself for the first time in over 10 years. What I saw shocked me into action, confused me regarding my past, and launched me ultimately on a journey to lose over 170 pounds (and counting). This article details the whole story, from inspiration, to action, to relapse, to action,… Continue reading Losing a Guy (a.k.a. 170 pounds) in Just Under 11 Years

Send Automated YouCanBookMe (and other) Appointment Reminders Using Microsoft Flow / Power Automate

I have 2 offices, which means that when someone makes an appointment with me, they need to be aware which office I’ll be meeting them at. My appointment provider (YouCanBook.Me) sends an appointment request to both myself and the person making the appointment, and I then update my copy with the location. This then sends… Continue reading Send Automated YouCanBookMe (and other) Appointment Reminders Using Microsoft Flow / Power Automate

Easy Class Participation Tracking, Grading, Rubric Generation, and More with Excel

One of my classes this semester requires me to track how often students speak in class, and evaluate each comment. I also have students leading discussion, and I need to be able to generate completed rubrics easily for them so they get my feedback. I’ve found that I can keep track of all of this… Continue reading Easy Class Participation Tracking, Grading, Rubric Generation, and More with Excel

Entry and Exit Tickets in Google Forms / Sheets – Flexible and Fun

Last week I attended a workshop on Differential Education, and realized that I’m already doing something very “differential-ly” – starting this semester in my General Psychology class. Students do a five minute entry ticket each day upon coming into class, and a five minute exit ticket on the way out. Combined, these two tickets count… Continue reading Entry and Exit Tickets in Google Forms / Sheets – Flexible and Fun

Franklin, the Ghost Who Successfully Evicted Hipsters from His Home, Parts 1 & 2

On October 1, 2019, two new books of mine will be released! One of them is a short story collection. The star is a little ghost named Franklin, who just doesn’t get the whole haunting thing. Interested to read the first 2 parts (of 4) of Franklin’s story, and to see the Table of Contents… Continue reading Franklin, the Ghost Who Successfully Evicted Hipsters from His Home, Parts 1 & 2

Bullets

As promised, when my Facebook Author page reached 200, I wrote a story based upon poll results. Here’s the Evil Item of Clothing story… “He was shot in both eyes?”, Detective Horne said, incredulously. “Yes, apparently so, although the killer was a bit off with the left eye – it was slightly off center. Right… Continue reading Bullets

Sometimes Things Take a Little Longer, There an Gulf Coast Time.

Recently I’ve heard the song “Gulf Coast Time” by Roger Creager a lot on Radio Margaritaville. It’s a nice song, and it’s even nicer that iTunes has the lyrics. Or at least it says it has the lyrics. I don’t think they’re quite right. Here’s what iTunes has… Yeah… I’m not sure what the town… Continue reading Sometimes Things Take a Little Longer, There an Gulf Coast Time.

ProfLife – Being Productive Out of the Office

One of the great things about being a professor is that we’re essentially trained to be project managers – people who are specialists in a given topic area but also trained through graduate school to be self-sufficient. It surprises many to learn that when I’m assigned a course to teach, I receive very few ‘mandated’… Continue reading ProfLife – Being Productive Out of the Office