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Tim Riley
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Flash Fiction
Paragraph Planet is a cool website that publishes one 75-word paragraph every day. I've been following them on Twitter for a while, and I finally got around to submitting something this summer.  I'm proud to say that "The Raft" is featured today on the site...

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Top Ten Books of 2015
Getting a little late for an end-of-the-year list, but what the hell. I read 43 books in 2015. The books on my list weren't necessarily published in 2015, just books I read this year. 10) Shotgun Lovesongs , Nickolas Butler: written by a fellow Badger, this...

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Top Ten Movies of 2015
So yeah, it's been a while. You know, life and whatnot. I haven't felt the urge to write anything for the blog in quite some time, but with the end of the year approaching, I've been seeing a lot of end-of-the-year lists out there. My favorite thing about t...

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Y is for..........YouTube.
I love YouTube. I like checking out the latest viral videos as much as the next guy, and I can't tell you how many times YouTube has bailed me out at school. Kids, today we begin designing our catapults. Blank stares. How 'bout we check out a couple YouTube...

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X is for..........Xenophobia and Xenophilia
To be honest, I was just going to skip X this year. But then something happened this morning. Every Monday I give my students a vocabulary packet, and when I flipped to this week's unit in my trusty vocabulary book I had to laugh. The words all include the ...

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Q is for.......... Quinn
Quinn, Quinny, Q-bird, just plain Q. It's hard to believe my little girl is 11 years old. Not so little any more. There are a million reasons why I'm crazy about my kid. I won't go on and on, just a few highlights. Q for President!!!! If Quinn had a theme s...

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H is for..........Hodag
Since this is my fourth A-Z, I have reserved the right to repost some of my favorite posts from previous challenges. Some may say this is cheating, I call it sensible. So full disclosure, this post first appeared in the 2012 Challenge. If you ever have reas...

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A-Z
It's Spring Break here in the desert, so feeling pretty good on a Monday. It's also St. Patrick's Day, but despite being a proud Irishman, I don't get too revved up on the 17th. I'm more than happy to let everyone else get their Irish on, so if you're so in...

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Top Ten Movies of 2013
Probably getting a little late for an end-of-the-year list, but what the hell. I'm still ahead of the Oscars. I watched 65 movies in 2013, down from 82 in 2012. The reason for the drop is simple: Breaking Bad . Meg and I binge-watched the entire series and ...

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Top Ten Books of 2013
I'm a big end-of-the-year list kind of guy. I read as many as I can, and I've enjoyed doing my own book and movie lists. I haven't been blogging much lately, but I feel like the top ten lists are a tradition I need to continue. I read 46 books in 2013, down...
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