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Shealagh’s First Take Home Project

My daughter Shealagh Muriel worked hard on a take-home, independent project in her first grade class. She worked on a mixture of digital and colored-pencil drawings and brought them into an iPad app called Book Creator. She then applied a voice over for the video. We saved the project into three formats, which can all be viewed below.

Shealagh learned a lot and showed a great deal of perseverance! Just wow! Take a look! Read more…

A Teacher to Appreciate: Mr. Hogan

In honor of teacher appreciation day, I want to share just one of the many teachers that made a lasting impact on my life. In sixth grade at the Miriam F. McCarthy Elementary School in Framingham, Massachusetts, I had the privilege of learning under a wonderful English language arts teacher named Mr. Hogan. He was very kind, gentle and got the best out of me. Material was presented in a way that I can remember vivid details of lessons, even at 35-years of age. Mr. Hogan had an easy-going demeanor that allowed me to flourish. I remember receiving an “A” for the final term in 1992.  Read more…

My Darkest Evening of the Year

On September 14th, my greatest supporter, confidant and grandma, Muriel Constance Coyne McCloy, passed away. Our connection was strong and her passing leaves a large void in my life. I was her “best bubba boy”, “the prince” and “my love”. To never hear her call me those nicknames again, is stunningly hard.

Muriel was my biggest fan, dependable, positive, generous, full of wisdom and oozed a certain class most people can only dream of. She had a certain way of making people feel comfortable and shaping an entertaining conversation. Nothing was ever off limits. She was engaging; a true conversationalist. She was funny and had a great wit. I loved our visits and not sure how I will replace that memorable time. Read more…