William Rutherford

Spend time by yourself to think

October 12, 2016 at 5:00 am

Sometimes a man needs to think! As life floods one’s mind with the death of a friend, angry politicians degrading each other with personal assaults, terminal illness and children suffering, my world becomes overwhelming. Life pressures for...

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Songs that inspire

October 05, 2016 at 5:00 am

I look out my kitchen window to see Canfield Mountain lit by the setting sun like a candle’s flame warming a dark room. My backyard, neighbor’s yard and the base of the mountain turn from green to black while the mountain peak glows amazing...

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Comfort food

September 28, 2016 at 5:00 am

Waking up as the sun lightens this cold, gray September morning, I reach for my heavy bathrobe in search of the morning paper. Opening the front door, I feel the chilly morning mist moisten my face — like an unexpected slap from a trusted f...

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Stress and dreams

September 21, 2016 at 5:00 am

Last night, while walking through the halls of my school, I noticed a small light coming from a slightly open door. Peeking into the room, I am greeted with the instantaneous laughter of 30 fourth-grade students, pointing at my half-naked b...

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Discussion of students, homework

September 14, 2016 at 5:00 am

I’ve worked in education since 1996 and from my first classroom to today, the discussion of homework is forefront in the conversation of a quality education. To offer homework, no homework, grade homework or require homework; the conversati...

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Back to school

September 07, 2016 at 5:00 am

Sitting in my office this Labor Day weekend, I put the finishing touch on daily schedules; double-check each student’s teacher assignment, ensuring he/she is in the correct classroom; and walk the playground examining each piece of equipmen...

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First day of school

August 31, 2016 at 5:00 am

“Banana and bubblegum please,” announces Quin, my youngest granddaughter when asked what type of flavoring should top her shaved ice. I ask for grape and pink lemonade as the line behind us lengthens waiting for Rory to decide. “Grape and b...

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Building a playground for all

August 24, 2016 at 5:00 am

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” — Aesop One person can define his or her existential purpose by giving to one who needs a gift. Think for a moment, how one act of love, one devoted testament of benevolent offerin...

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Good, bad choices we make matter

August 10, 2016 at 5:00 am

I’ve been thinking a lot today. What allows one to have a privileged life while another suffers daily? Why might I miss home when I sleep in my own bed every night? What makes me giggle when my wife enters the living room in the morning wit...

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Feeding the dogs healthy foods

August 03, 2016 at 5:00 am

Sleeping peacefully, a faint sound enters my dream; “Argh.” I wake slightly, roll onto my side then briefly re-enter the dream of security guards chasing me crossing the ninth green at The Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course wearing nothing bu...

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