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The Delgado Boys

Today’s inspirational spark:

I had the honor of assisting with the Delgado family at graduation today. Many family, friends, classmates, and professors were in attendance and very proud of the awarding of a posthumous degree for Ms. Denise Delgado, a Political Science major student at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Her brother and two young children walked the stage to collect Ms. Delgado’s Bachelor’s degree. There was a standing ovation by the Class of 2015 when her name was read.

Denise was a beautiful person, hardworking student, dedicated mother, and good friend to many people. As one of her professors, today was mixed with happy and sad feelings.

If you would like to support her little boys and their grandmother who is taking care of them, please contribute to and/or spread the word. Every little bit helps. God bless!



Today’s funny spark:


sunset science

Today’s professional and inspirational spark:



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can’t you see?

…I’m trying to grade here.


In solidarity fellow teachers…



foundations are still important

Today’s art spark:






hands-on learning

Today’s art spark:





Today’s musical spark:

Artists: Black Eyed Peas

And an inspirational spark, too:

Allan Pineda Lindo, Jr. who is known as (pronounced “Apple D Ap”), is a Filipino-American rapper, record producer, and occasional drummer. He is probably best known as a member of the Black Eyed Peas. He works to improve the education system in the Philippines via Check out one of the inspirational songs he made for the little ones:




This woman is inspiring:

She has recently pursued her educational dream after many years of doing other things, namely raising a family and running a business.  When asked how she does it all, I was particularly interested to hear about her morning routine, which consists of inspirational reading (for her it is religious texts), a Spark Energy Drink, and then a run.  I find that this combination is very useful to me, too, though I usually walk the dog more than run. 🙂

I have been using Spark since June 12th of this year, and it’s been a great way to get vitamins in a drink form.  Because I’m petite and sensitive to caffeine, I don’t use a full scoop of powder, however.  A quarter of the scoop is pretty sufficient unless I plan on going for a long run in which case I use half or more of a scoop.  Anyone who knows me knows that I’m quite conservative when it comes to health products, so I did a lot of research prior to making a purchase and started off slowly with the Advocare line of products.  I ended up liking the product so much that I became a distributor if you can believe it (!).  If you want to know more information, please visit .



Something New to Learn

There are a variety of ways to learn something new.  Reading, discussions, and workshops are just a few examples.  Given our technological advances, more and more people are turning to / experimenting with online videos as another method for teaching and learning.  The Khan Academy is a one-man university of sorts online.  There is now a whole non-profit team behind the project, and the number of videos and teaching endeavors is expanding.


Some of his tutorials may be useful to you.  The main website is at homepage says”With a library of over 2,400 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 125 practice exercises, we’re on a mission to help you learn whatever you want, whenever you want, at your own pace.”  What’s great, too, is that the whole video selection is free to viewers.


CNN posted a piece about the Khan Academy today as well:

Free learning videos go viral

By Salman Khan, Special to CNN
July 24, 2011 9:30 a.m. EDT

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