On overcoming adversity

If I were smart, I’d follow the example of my 15-year-old son, Conner. He knows something about overcoming adversity. He knows from experience that you can “not succeed” (I didn’t say “fail”), but come back a second time and win in the end. After choosing to not play baseball from nine years old to 13 …

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Doug Clark: Linchpin

“My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky…” Doug Clark, College Prep English teacher at Olathe North High School in the fall of 1987, burst into our classroom on the first day of my senior year and enthusiastically uttered those words, along with the rest of William Wordsworth’s poem. “So was …

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