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Hello! I'm Tony. I'm a Husband, Father, Friend, Blogger, Country Radio DJ, and proud Dance Dad. Faith, Family, and Technology...this is what matters to me and it's what I write about here.

Is Cursive Writing Dead?


Until a few weeks ago I hadn’t really given cursive writing much thought.  Don’t really have much of a need for it.  The closest I come to writing in cursive is using a tablet pen on my Nexus 7 to swipe through the keys in the Swiftkey keyboard.

I have been thinking about it more since my youngest proudly displayed a line of cursive e’s and i’s on a paper she had just pulled out of her back pack.  They had started to learn cursive and she was excited to share.

Many would say cursive writing is going the way of the dinosaur.  A quick Google search will show you numerous articles and news accounts where educators and legislators are debating it’s validity.  Given all the computers, keyboards, and tablet type devices one really could make a case for phasing it out of the schools.

There is one reason in my mind to keep teaching it.  That would be your signature.  Block printing your name on a business deal or important document just wouldn’t look as professional.  Although, admittedly in some cases it would probably be more legible.

I say keep teaching it.  Besides, what else would you teach in it’s place?  Keep teaching it but also teach strong keyboarding skills because let’s face it cursive writing may become extinct but I don’t see keyboards disappearing anytime soon.

What does my daughter who is learning it think?  “Yeah, they should keep teaching cursive because it’s fun!”  There you go.  That’s a good enough reason for me.

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Elephant Oranges

It’s that time of year when citrus fruits are plentiful and a good price.  A favorite in our house are clementine oranges.  Maybe you’ve seen them in the store under the brand names Cuties or Halos.  One reason my kids like them so much is the unique way I peel them.


I’m not really sure how it started but one time I peeled one trying to keep the peel in a single piece.  That way I’d have less of a mess to pick up.  What resulted was a peel that looked like an elephant.  My kids loved it so I thought I’d teach you how to do it so you can share it with yours.

First, start to peel yours as shown in the following picture.


Continue to peel straight down.


Now it’s time to carefully unpeel the “ears”.  Start at one side and carefully slide a finger between the peel and fruit.  Continue to do this as you work your way to the middle.  Then repeat on the other side.


If you have done it correctly you should see your elephant take shape.


All that’s left to do is to finish taking it off the orange.


And that’s how you make an elephant orange.  If you’ve done this in front of your kids you should complete the process by holding it up to your face and doing your best elephant noise.  Trust me, if you have young kids it will make them giggle.  The only downside (if you could call it that), you’ll never be able to peel a clementine orange any other way.

Now that my kids are older they’ve learned to peel their own elephant oranges.  It makes me smile knowing that one day they’ll share this with their kids.  This is proof that it doesn’t take a lot of money to make lasting memories.  Just a little time and love.

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One Week In: I’m Learning & Having Fun

Just a little over a week ago I set off on the journey of setting up a blog and website.  There have been a few frustrations along the way but for the most part I have to say it has been a very rewarding experience.

For an analytical guy like myself it has been fun to see the website stats.  The page views. What posts did better than others.  What links people click to get here. Fascinating stuff.

To get the notification that someone left the first comment was really cool.  Finding out it was from a best selling author was even better.  The fact he tweeted a link to my blog was icing on the cake.

More than the stats and comments I am most excited about the process.  Researching, trying things, making mistakes, and then learning from them.  Not letting the mistakes stop me from my goal.

Early on I had the site all set up and ready to go.  One wrong keystroke and it was gone. That didn’t deter me.  A few calls to customer service and setting it up again in half the time and it was on the internet.

WordPress?  Yeah, I’m learning it.  Same thing when it comes to promoting this blog on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and Tumbler.  Before, I hadn’t given SEO much thought.  Now, I want to learn more about it.

If you don’t have a goal… dream until you get one.  When you have it.  Don’t wait.  Go after it.  I really appreciate the advice a friend gave me when I told him I wanted to start a blog. His advice?  Just go for it.  Start writing and post.  He shared his experience of getting so bogged down in the aesthetics of his site that he wasn’t creating content.

This blog has given me a new energy and focus.  A reason to get up earlier.  A reason to think in a way that I haven’t in quite some time.  A reason to learn.  My wish is that you can find something that does the same for you.

Can’t wait to see what week two brings.


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