Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Prop 101 – Arizona Vote Please

I got this in my e-mail today, thought I`d encourage voters to make an educated decision and VOTE! Our school programs are already being cut. Ashton is going into Jr. High next year here is Gilbert AZ and the electives are pretty limited. Things I loved and felt made school more interesting and fun (like Drama) are already cut! If they don`t get help, what is next to go? I`m not telling you which way to vote, but just TO VOTE!
I`m voting YES! to Prop 101 because I want my kids to have the kind of public education they deserve.
Here`s the e-mail: 

Dear GPS Parent,

The Governor and the Legislature have proposed a temporary sales-tax increase of one cent to go directly to schools, health and human services, and to public safety.  Many of you have asked about the impact of Prop 100 on Gilbert Public Schools.  The following links will provide you with current information on the GPS budget and the impact of Prop 100.
I encourage you to exercise your civic duty, study both sides of the issue, and then vote your conscience on May 18.  Early ballots may be requested of the Maricopa County recorder by visiting their site:

Thank you for your continued support of Gilbert Public Schools. 
Dave Allison, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Gilbert Public Schools
P.S. If you never get out to vote, get an early ballot here and fill it out at home and mail it in! It`s EASY! Just do it!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Dr. Oz Reminds Me to Live for the Now

It`s no secret I love Oprah. I don`t always get a chance to catch the show (in fact I never watch it anymore), but I do subscribe to the O newsletter and daily inspiration. Today the O newsletter told me there are '10 Things Dr. Oz Knows for Sure', so I checked it out. I like #3 and thought I`d share with you:

3. We regret the actions we don't take more than the ones we do.

A few years ago, I appeared on Oprah with Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon professor dying of pancreatic cancer. He told me that he had recently taken his family on a trip to Discovery Cove to swim with dolphins. It was something that he'd always wanted to do, but it wasn't until he was dying that he made it happen. The next day, I booked the same trip with my family. If there's something on your wish list for life, make plans today to do it.


Just a little reminder: live in the now, live for the NOW! We all hear and even say, live each day like it were your last, but how many of us actually take action on that? I don`t know about you, but I have a huge list of things I want to see, try, do, visit, learn, love, enjoy…. So, why wait? I`m doing it… NOW!