Well, I made it. As of June 1, I am officially retired from teaching. Thirty-nine long years. My students made me wonderful gifts and the teachers and administrators festooned me with praise...and even some gift cards. I will be using two of the cards to help pay for my hotel bills to and from the Denver retreat. That was a big help.
Now I am working for a publishing company here in the northern burbs of Chicago that publishes the All Free Knitting Site, among other sites that offer free patterns and such to fiber artists, crafters, foodies, etc.
I have written a few articles and am actually getting paid for it! Pretty neat. It will help supplement my retirement a tiny bit by paying for my knitting supplies and perhaps, if inflation behaves itself, a couple knitting retreats. That gives me time to spend with some of you! That's the best part.
My articles are showing up on the blog called Stitch and Unwind, where I publish tips and tricks of knitting for the novice.
If any of you guys know of any great little tricks or tips that you would like to share with others, please let me know and I'd be glad to include them in upcoming articles. If you would like to read my thoughts, please go to
It's nothing earth shattering in terms of major information sharing, but it has helped some readers and I am now being featured on other sites and finding my way into a lot of Pinterest pages.
I just want you ALL to know that this site has helped me over the past few years. The education world is changing a lot and a lot of it, typically, is being governed by politicians and special interest groups whose only interests are those that help further their careers or make them money. The last few years have been especially troubling to a lot of us who, after many years in the classroom, have honed our skills and established Best Practices that are now widely use throughout the world. So, to all my friends here at MWK, a big THANK YOU for your seemingly endless good nature and helpful suggestions, not just to me, but to all who venture in here. You are the best bunch of guys I know and I would be lost without you. I can't wait to see some of you at the Rocky Mountain Retreat in just 11 days from now!
Great big HUGS to all!