High School Football Coach Suspended for Running Up Score – Fair?

In late October, 2019, 6-0 Plainedge High School played 6-0 South Side High School. It was a battle of unbeatens. The winner had the upper hand for the conference championship and for the state playoff picture. As it turns out, it wasn’t that much of a competition. At the end of the 3rd quarter, Plainedge was up by a score …

An Awful Story with a Positive Outcome

In 2017, 14-year-old Deserae Turner was shot in the head and left for dead. She was was shot by two male classmates who were “tired” of Deserae messaging them on Snapchat. They lured her to a canal to hang out. They then stole $44 from her and shot her in the head. Deserae was discovered later that day and immediately …

“A Small, Tiny, Organic, Nice Gesture of Kindness”

At the request of Coach Lewis, shelter dogs accompanied members of the St. Joseph Cross Country team on an afternoon run. Truthfully, prior to the run, the athletes weren’t all that excited about the upcoming run. However, once the runners met the dogs, things changed. Coach Lewis explained, “It was great. The Kids loved it. The dogs loved it. Once …

Holocaust Survivors Reunite After 75 Years #Perspective

Morris Sana and Simon Mairowitz hadn’t seen one another for 75 years. The two cousins grew up together in Romania, before Nazi forces invaded, forcing their families to flee across Europe. The cousins were split up during their evacuation. Each believed that the other had died in a Nazi concentration camp along with the estimated 6 million Jews who were killed …

I Miss 09/12

As I hope you know, 18 years ago today, terrorists hijacked four 747 jets filled with full tanks of fuel and rammed them into buildings with the express intent to kill as many people as possible and terrorize America. Some 2,977 people were killed in these attacks. September 11, 2001 was a sad day in the history of the world. …

An Uplifting Back to School Story

Cale Wrenn is a 14-year-old freshman at Reidsville High School in North Carolina. On the first couple of days he felt bullied or at least ostracized by his peers. Several kids made fun of him for being short and thought “he was a loser.” As a result, he had lunch by himself at the lunch table. When his older sister …

What Will Your Legacy Be?

In the 1920’s Al Capone was the boss of the mafia in Chicago. Through terror, force and bribes, he ran the city of Chicago. To keep him out of trouble, Capone hired the best lawyer that money could buy. Whenever he and his crew got into trouble, he called their lawyer, “Easy Eddie.” Nothing ever stuck to Capone. Then, one …

Welcome Blog 2019

If you are reading this in Arizona or New Mexico, you have been back in school for 2 weeks, but if you are in New York or Michigan, you still have two more weeks before you return to school. Either way, I want to welcome you to this class.  My name is Joe Hoedel. I am the author of this …

Paying It Forward – Billionaire Pays Student Debt at Morehouse

Every year, approximately 23,729 colleges world-wide secure a commencement speaker to deliver a commencement address to the graduates of their respective school. This year, Morehouse College, a small, historically black, all-male college (most notably known as the college that Martin Luther King, Jr. attended), invited Robert F. Smith to be their commencement speaker. Most people reading this will probably say, …