The ESSA Advisory Committee Pre-Game Show

I like coming to Legislative Hall when the General Assembly isn’t in session.  It is very quiet and peaceful.  It is 5:28pm and the Delaware Every Student Succeeds Act Governor’s Advisory Committee’s first meeting will begin at 6pm.  DE Secretary of Education Dr. Steven Godowsky, DOE Deputy Secretary Karen Field-Rogers, Alex Paolano, a teacher at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, and myself are the only ones here so far.  The House Majority Hearing Room is nice and cool.  23 chairs are set up around a bunch of tables, a screen is up to show what will most likely be the 5 billionth presentation on ESSA I’ve heard, and more people are coming in.  Deb Stevens with DSEA just walked in.  A couple of people I’ve never seen before came in as well.  I have my public comment all written out.  I plan on saying exactly what I wrote with a calm and level-headed delivery.  Hopefully the committee won’t provide any information that shocks me, but this is Delaware education!

I may just ramble on here until I stop.  I will be live blogging during the meeting unless they kick me out.  But public comment isn’t until the end of the meeting so I should be good.  There are no microphones hanging from the ceiling like there are at the ESSA Discussion Groups.  I have a feeling this meeting will be recorded though…

Governor Markell just launched the Delaware Open Data Portal up at some tech company in Wilmington.  Unless he is taking a helicopter, I don’t anticipate him coming to give opening remarks.  Unless his driver goes really fast.

Okay, been chatting with people coming in.  The room is filling up.  Lots of new and old faces.  This is getting boring.  Be back in a few when the show starts!


You Are Not Alone

What is with Mondays in 2016?  First David Bowie, and now Glenn Frey.  As long as I can remember, The Eagles were a part of my life.  Whether it was Glenn Frey, Don Henley, or Randy Meisner singing, I always knew it would be great.  I waited those long fourteen years until the band reunited in 1994.  I was finally able to see them live in 1995.  During the years between 1980 and 1994, Glenn Frey came out with a lot of excellent music.  Easily in my top 25 of all time is “Part of Me, Part of You”.

When The Eagles did finally reunite in 1994, it was a long thirteen years until they recorded an all-new studio album.  The wait was worth it as the whole album sounded like another Eagles Greatest Hits.  Glenn Frey sang a short song on the album called “You Are Not Alone”.  I always imagined it was about someone dying.  I listened to it before I started typing this article and I found myself grieving for one of the most distinct voices of all time.

This is way too soon after David Bowie, but I believe God has plans that are beyond our comprehension.  When I hear songs like this, I am reminded of our own mortality and how short our time on this world truly is.  When we lose someone close to us, it is very different then when a celebrity passes away.  To be honest, I really haven’t thought about my own mortality in a long time.  Too busy for that!  I would like to leave this world leaving some type of mark, if it for one person or more, it doesn’t matter to me.  I believe we all add a string to the tapestry of life.  The difference we make to another could be something so small but it can change everything for that person.  I’ve had many nights where Glenn Frey’s soothing voice, along with Don Henley, took me to those glory days of youth when we take so much for granted.

The Eagles will never be The Eagles again without Glenn Frey.  We have lost one of the best today folks.  If you are young and thought The Eagles were just a football team from Philadelphia, you really should give them a listen.  Add them to your playlist and remember a time when your parents or grandparents would sing these songs everyday.  Don’t think of us as old, but lucky!