‘Macie Brown,’ a Poem

By Bob Houghtaling At Hometown Elementary School, A place not far away, Children were coming back inside Following some recess play. After a brief refreshing snack, Then drinks from plastic cups, Students were all asked to share “What I’ll be when all grown...
Did You Ever Think?

Did You Ever Think?

By Bob Houghtaling Who would have thought 30 years ago that one day children would need to be taught how to play? Who would have thought that strategies were necessary to help kids talk with each other, remain focused and relax? We are presently in the midst of a...
So Much Alike

So Much Alike

By Bob Houghtaling Love and its expression is key to the human experience. All too often who we choose to share love with is scrutinized and castigated. My poem “Just Like Me” (below) is my attempt to say how much alike we all are while also cherishing our...
The Old Ball Game

The Old Ball Game

By Bob Houghtaling Many years ago, Opening Day for the Major League Baseball season was a big deal. Millions of fans, who had hibernated from their beloved sport over the winter months, not only awaited the season’s first pitch, but a review of the box scores...
ASAPP

ASAPP

By Bob Houghtaling Stress, anxiety and depression have reached epidemic proportions among our school-aged youth. Many factors are in play when considering the root causes of these concerns. While it goes without saying that supporting young people when they are...
Each and Every Day

Each and Every Day

By Bob Houghtaling Miracles are events that often seem astonishing. Frequently we think of them in religious terms – like the parting of the Red Sea, or bringing the dead back to life. Sometimes there are those who get carried away by asserting that a game-winning...