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Excuses That Do Not Work for Not Getting Your Significant Other a Valentine’s Day (or any other) Gift

Excuses That Do Not Work for Not Getting Your Significant Other a Valentine’s Day (or any other) Gift by Mark Lyons Image by Jan Steiner from Pixabay SammySocks Etc. Blog - Comments and Observations from Someone Who Is a Retired Educator and Sammy’s Dad             There are no excuses that anyone can think of that will work for not getting your significant other a Valentine’s Day (or any other) gift. None. Not a single one. Oh, you may try. You may wrack your brain thinking of one and convince yourself that it is a good one and he or she will completely understand. But you would be wrong. Here are some that I have heard were tried but, of course,...

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It All Started .....

It All Started ..... by Mark Lyons Image by Andrzej Rembowski from Pixabay SammySocks Etc. Blog - Comments and Observations from Someone Who Is a Retired Educator and Sammy’s Dad             It all started years ago. An inspired young man with classically chiseled features set out to make a difference in the field of education.             Pssssssst!!!             The world lay before him like a freshly washed chalkboard.             Hey, pssssssst!!!             With a newly bestowed sheepskin nestled in one back pocket, a sealed box of cutting edge, yellow, dustless chalk stuffed in the other, a state-of-the-art, plastic, pocket protector in his left shirt pocket, and the best telescoping aluminum pointer a buck ninety-seven could buy at his side, he...

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The Move

The Move by Mark Lyons Image by Rebecca Matthews from Pixabay SammySocks Etc. Blog - Comments and Observations from Someone Who Is a Retired Educator and Sammy’s Dad             “Are you ever going to move?” asks Sally.             Mark and Sally hunch over a checkerboard centered on their dining room table. Sally roams her fingers over a pile of red checkers taken from Mark. Mark furtively glances back and forth to all corners of the board. His right pointer finger rests gingerly on a single red checker surrounded by a sea of black checkers.             “I’m thinking,” mumbles Mark. “You know how I like to think through my moves – 4 or 5 ahead. Besides, there is no time limit...

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The King of the ...........!

The King of the .....! by Mark Lyons Image by Charles Rondeau from Pixabay SammySocks Etc. Blog - Comments and Observations from Someone Who Is a Retired Educator and Sammy’s Dad             Peering out at the vast expanse of the water, a lone figure unsuccessfully shielded his eyes from the searing rays of the sun. The movement of the water was relentless. The never-ending heat fried his skin and parched his lips. He could feel the energy leaving his body like rats from a sinking ship.             Time and time and then time again the water swelled up and down each time threatening to swallow him up. The elements battered and ravaged him. The loneliness was as palpable as the...

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The End of the Old and the Beginning of the New

The End of the Old and the Beginning of the New by Mark Lyons Image by eliza28diamonds from Pixabay SammySocks Etc. Blog - Comments and Observations from Someone Who Is a Retired Educator and Sammy’s Dad             The end of a year often triggers a walk down memory lane. We review the good and the bad of all that happened to us and those around us. It can be a time to “close the book” on parts of our lives that we would rather not continue. The new year approaches with all the promise that a blank sheet of paper holds for a writer. We have the chance to start something new.             Let us take the opportunities that a...

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