I trust you are having a wonderful start to 2013. This will be another year of firsts as we all see how the legislature and TEA impact the IMA funding model as we move toward Proclamation 2014. I encourage you to keep yourself informed about the goings on in Austin by visiting websites like www.texasisd.com, Texas Legislature Online (http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/) and The Texas Tribune (www.texastribune.org).
Recently, my family and I returned from a wonderful trip to Disney World in Florida. We have a five year old daughter and this was her first time seeing and experiencing the "Magic Kingdom". It made me wish to be a child again and be lost in wide-eyed amazment and wonder at all the magical things to be experienced there. And truly, when I'm in that place, part of me becomes a child again and I am able to forget all the worries of the "real" world.
My wish for you in 2013 is that you can find some time to walk away from the stresses and hurried moments life seems to bring and step into a bygone day of innocence and wonder by talking a walk in the woods, or camping, or sitting on your porch watching the world go by. Never underestimate the power of doing nothing in particular with the ones you love to rejuvinate you and remind you of the real important things in life.
As a footnote...if you'd like to enjoy some of our Disney journey...click on the picture above to view our blog while on the trip.
Blessings to you all and I look forward to seeing you on February 20 at Region 7 for our next regional meeting.
Tony Black, President