Honoring Sandy Harrison

Hi everyone,

With pride and pleasure I want to tell you that today my wife Sandy is among five inductees into the Kickapoo High School Faculty Hall of Fame. This is the second year the honors have been bestowed on retired faculty members, chosen by the Alumni Association. The recognition was announced one year ago but the ceremony was delayed by the pandemic.

This occasion also marks Kickapoo High School’s 50th reunion. Missouri Governor Mike Parson attended opening festivities of last night’s football game, at which past homecoming queens, student body presidents, and cheerleaders were recognized.

Sandy was a guidance counselor at Kickapoo for twenty-one years and remains in touch with numerous former students from Hollywood to Singapore and scattered across the United States. During her tenure, Sandy was known as a go-to counselor for helping students decide on and gain acceptance to the best colleges, universities, armed forces, and other options to help them reach their goals. I can testify that in our travels, Sandy seldom passed a campus without stopping to meet admissions personnel to further her understanding of how to help students at Kickapoo and other schools. She took courses and seminars at Harvard, the Naval Academy, and the Air Force Academy as part of her own quest for knowledge.

Sandy has a large and devoted fan base, but no fan more devoted than I. It was my privilege to watch her through all those years earning the high accolades that are now being awarded to her. Way to go, Sandra Sue Kennon Harrison. Congratulations!

Hi everyone,

I hope to finish one book and start another this week. I’m down to the last four poems for the book with my friends and co-authors, Tim Rasinski and Mary Jo Fresch. They’ll simmer for a while before getting their final polishing, then off they’ll go to T & MJ so they can add their brilliant work. Our deadline for this second book in the set is mid-August so we’re beating that by many weeks. I am about to have my first window in four months to get into some trade ideas.

Over the weekend I was telling Sandy I needed a sequel to something that’s already out there and just like that she handed me a fantastic idea! I need to think it through, get a proposal together, and click it on its way. If all goes well, I’ll get started on that late this week. I have a radio interview tomorrow and some travel time later in the week but I think I can do it.

Yeehaw. Happy Monday!