The Teacher

Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.
This week both my sons, and many of their friends, are going to a retirement party. It’s a party for a teacher that as my son says: “No one doesn’t like.”

I personally know this wonderful teacher and can see how he captured the hearts and minds of so many students who entered his class room. His name is Donald LaFraniere and to hear my sons and their friends talk about him I only wish I had him as a teacher myself.

I believe he’s been a teacher for over 30 years. Assuming he taught about 5 classes per day, with about 30 students in each class, that would mean he had a direct influence on at least 50,000 impressionable minds at a most important time of those mind’s development.
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
– William Butler Yeats –
And what an impression he must have made because from the latest blurbs I can gather from Facebook, it looks like there will be hundreds upon hundreds of students attending this celebratory honor.

But let’s step back to those 50,000 impressionable minds and just think for a moment about the lives they will touch and the minds they will have an impression on. Because of my sons I am privileged to know at least a dozen of them personally. A dozen wonderful young people who themselves have already become productive adults and are already affecting, in a very positive way, many in their wake.
 A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
– Henry Brooks Adams –

Congratulations Mr. LaFraniere and a hearty thanks for your affect on eternity.

Plus, congratulations to the L.A. Kings for taking home the Stanley Cup last night, and a tear shed for the valiant N.Y. Rangers. Also, I want to wish all those great dads out there a most happy Father’s Day and may you all be blessed to share it with your wonderful families. Plus, I am thrilled to welcome another city and station to the Between the Lines family, KVCR in Palm Springs and throughout Riverside, California.
Happy Father’s Day!

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