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Retired in 2008 after 40+ years in education/psychology as researcher, teacher, administrator and college professor.

Reflections:…………Do You See What I See?

Gary Coker June and I, along with ‘lots’ of other people, gathered atop the mountain where the University of the South is located in anticipation of seeing the so-called “Christmas Star”. Astrologists had told us the planets Jupiter and Saturn … Continue reading

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Reflections……………………………………….Light

Gary Coker Meteorologists and astronomers tell us we will experience a “Christmas Star”, an enormously bright celestial event that hasn’t occurred in hundred of years, not since 1226.  For the star to shine as brightly as this one will on … Continue reading

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Reflections…………………………………….Thanksgiving

Gary Coker Throughout the elementary schools of America students are reenacting the first Thanksgiving between the new settlers (Pilgrims) to America and the American Indian.  Each year this reenactment occurs and after the holiday we return to the regular curriculum. … Continue reading

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REFLECTIONS……………………………………….Awe

Name a few moments of ‘Awe’ you have had lately. I recently read an article from Mayo Clinic that indicated having awe-inspiring experiences, especially in times of distractions, worries and distress (as illustrated in the picture of our son Kyle), … Continue reading

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Reflections…………………………………………….The Bonus Round

Almost daily I am reminded about the ‘good old days.’  This reminder, in addition to my aging body, is usually sent to me via social media with a litany of objects, pictures, and people from the 1950’s and 60’s.  Flashbacks … Continue reading

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Reflections…………………………………………………………………………Your Mother

This is a treasure found at the hospitality shop located on the campus of the University of the South.  The paper was found crumpled up inside an old book. It was hand written and as I initially read it over, … Continue reading

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Reflections………………………………………Circadian Rhythm

 Gary Coker Ph.D If you’ve ever noticed that you tend to feel energized or drowsy around the same time every day, you have your circadian rhythm to thank. What is it, exactly? Your circadian rhythm is basically a 24-hour internal … Continue reading

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Reflections……………………………………………………………Sand Traps

When playing golf, my worst nightmare is getting into a sand trap. Invariably, my instincts take over and fear prevails. Many of my golfing buddies tell me to have patience, that  I act too quickly.   It was one of … Continue reading

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Reflections…………………………………………..School Make-Up

Gary Coker Ph.D The Coronavirus has caused schools to close throughout the United States.  As things begin to return to normalcy, the question is: “How should students make-up the time missed as a result of the virus”? Obviously even with … Continue reading

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REFLECTIONS…………………………………………Home Schooling

Gary Coker Ph.D Home schooling has, heretofore, referred to children as those who did not attend school away from home but were taught at home. The coronavirus has changed this definition as schools have closed and many children are now … Continue reading

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