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  • Embracing Change

    Posted 2017-04-14 21:40:55 by: Dave A

    As many of you know, I have been sharing my thoughts as a blogger for almost five years now. WOW! Five years? Surely that’s not correct. Yep. Five years. I began this journey in June of 2012, mainly to document the 40 random acts of kindness I wanted to complete for my upcoming 40th birthday. ...

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  • #JoyfulLeaders: A Hashtag is Born

    Posted 2017-02-19 11:50:31 by: Dave A

    Originally posted on Learning and Leading: A Joyful Leader's Journey: JOY. I love this word. When I hear it, I want to smile. I constantly look for it in others, and if it isn’t there, I strive to instill it. JOY. Everyone should have it. Everyone should feel it. We are meant to ...

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  • Be Kind, Be a Follower

    Posted 2017-02-12 23:05:21 by: Dave A

    This past Friday, I arrived at school to discover the sweetest surprise from my coworker, Krista: a stack of “Be Kind” to-go cups for our Tiny Tech Cafe! What a sweet addition to our room! Several teachers stopped by throughout the day and enjoyed their coffee and hot chocolate in these very cups. My day ...

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  • Snow Boots

    Posted 2017-01-07 17:25:19 by: Dave A

    The first days of the new year brought excitement of a possible snow storm at the end of the week. Now for those of you who’ve never lived in Virginia, let me fill you in on a little phenomenon called “Southern Snow Madness”. With just the talk of snow, us southerners start getting ready. Everyone ...

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  • Vests of Love

    Posted 2016-12-24 21:32:32 by: Dave A

    A few weeks ago, my daughter was going through her old coats and vests, seeing what was no longer needed. Although she is still in high school and doesn’t have a job, we still make her purchase her own gifts for friends and family, so she finds ways here and there to make some extra ...

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  • Our Stories Matter

    Posted 2016-12-22 20:11:51 by: Dave A

    Recently, I’ve been drawn to doing my random acts of kindness anonymously. No fanfare, no blog posts, no photographic proof of what I’ve done or who I’ve helped. Just me doing my thing, without attrition or acknowledgment. It’s been a time of solace: balancing the changing tides of people and passions with small little acts that ...

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  • Election Day RAKs

    Posted 2016-11-08 18:44:47 by: Dave A

    Today is the day. I wish I could end that sentence with the exclamatory exuberance I usually display when I speak and write, but the simple fact is I’m weary. I’m weary of negativity. I’m weary of trash-talking. I’m weary of back-biting nastiness that benefits no one. So today, on such a most important day ...

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  • When You Least Expect It

    Posted 2016-10-14 22:16:21 by: Dave A

    One sure sign of birthday season is an absence of my blog posts filling your feeds. Every September and October, as I focus on my children and their joyous days-of-birth, I tend to wrap my attention around them, leaving less time to stop, pause, and reflect. Does this mean that I have stopped showing kindness ...

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  • RAKs for Tiny Tech

    Posted 2016-09-24 14:47:47 by: Dave A

    The third week of school has brought more and more visitors to the Tiny Tech Cafe! Teachers and students are starting to find their groove with weekly schedules and classes are starting to rotate through the laptop labs. Practically every single day this week there has been a new surprise waiting for me in the ...

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  • Sit or Stand

    Posted 2016-09-18 01:30:37 by: Dave A

    If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know all about the Tiny Tech Cafe. (If not, click here and get caught up!)  Last Monday, my husband came to Mechanicsville Elementary and graciously donated his time and talent to putting together both the sofa, the bar-height rectangular table, and two bar stools (which ...

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