Johnny Johnson, R.I.P.

I knew Johnny Johnson from my work in the Cobb County School District. Johnny was the board member for my school (1997 – 2008). I knew him as kind, thoughtful, generous, and always jovial. He cared deeply about the school community and about children. Every time I invited him to the school, he was there smiling and personable. Johnny Johnson… Continue reading

Dead: Rush Limbaugh

January 12, 1951 – February 17, 2021 (70) Typically, when someone of particular interest to me dies, I publish a very short R.I.P. post to commemorate their life. Rarely do I bid them good riddance, and never have I said, “Let’s dance!” But I think this post by Robyn Pennacchia sums up how I feel about Limbaugh’s death so well,… Continue reading

Sir Sean Connery, RIP

How quickly time goes by. I had no idea Sean Connery was 90 years old! I always liked his acting and the roles he would choose to play. I found this anecdote about him, from Wikipedia, interesting: Connery’s first job was as a milkman in Edinburgh with St. Cuthbert’s Co-operative Society.[22] In 2009, Connery recalled a conversation in a taxi:When… Continue reading

R.I.P. Aretha Franklin

Through the years I’ve attended numerous pop concerts. I found that a surprising percentage of the performers, typically greats from yesteryear, were physically on the stage “giving a concert,” but their heart wasn’t into it at all. In fact, on a couple of occasion I felt as though the audience was getting ripped off. Not so with Aretha Franklin. When… Continue reading

R.I.P: Conrad the Kat (Our Beast)

It is with profound sadness that I tell you our dear Kat, Conrad, who we affectionately called “Beast” is no longer with us. He lived a long and happy life: 17 years and 4 months. We absolutely adored him. Well, everyone who met him adored him. Conrad was the friendliest cat I’ve ever known. He knew no strangers. He would… Continue reading

Memories of An Educator: The Presence

This is the fourth in a series of posts: Memories of an Educator. Unlike the previous reflections, this one celebrates a teacher, a unique and dedicated teacher of many, many years. She was indeed a presence. She didn’t merely enter a room, she presented herself. Everything about her was deliberate—purposeful: her walk, the words she chose to speak, her manner… Continue reading