The Legend Of Valentine’s Day (Alternative Facts Version)

The Legend Of Valentine’s Day (Alternative Facts Version)   The mystery has shrouded the history of Valentine’s Day since the beginning of time. Many will tell you of stories about a patron saint, “St. Valentine” that was born of ancient traditions that evolved from the Catholic Church. We have recently discovered some surprising “alternative facts,” however, that are about to blow …

The Best Christmas Gift Anyone Can Afford

The Best Christmas Gift Anyone Can Afford Thirteen years ago, I wanted to start a gift-giving tradition with my two sons. I wanted it to be meaningful, personal, and financially attainable no matter what my financial circumstances were in any season of life (like this year!  ). So, I decided to write a letter to each of them. Every year …

How To Squeeze A Football Team Into A Sardine Can – BillySoden.com

How To Squeeze A Football Team Into A Sardine Can; Growing Up In Small Spaces I’m not sure why I was thinking this today, but I was remembering growing up back in the 70’s and 80’s. Of course , no one grows up in exactly the same environment, but after I became an adult I realized just how unusual my home …

Bedtime Routines… Or Whatever! – BillySoden.com

One of the best things about being a parent is that when your children are young, we all invariably end up attempting to create our own bedtime routine. I know from talking to many parents over the years both as a dad and as a teacher, there is no single blueprint for how we make that happen. Sometimes it’s a …

Hey, Before You Start School This Year…Thanks – BillySoden.com

I can remember growing up and feeling so alone, even when I was surrounded by a huge family. No, it wasn’t early onset depression or anything like that. It was more like being around people who didn’t get excited about the same things that I did. I was interested in many things, from fishing to football to music and especially …

The Real Way To Be Cool When You Go Back To School – BillySoden.com

Time passing is one of the few certainties I know. Starting the day you are born your “life clock” starts ticking not just for yourself, but for all who know you as well. Your birth starts a ripple of existence in an ocean of many, many others. It doesn’t take long before we are wrapped up in the throngs of …