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"The World into Which I was Born was a World of Hero Soldiers and Patriotism - by Chuck Stilwell"

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The World into which I was born was a world of hero soldiers and patriotism. On December 7, 1941, in a devastating surprise attack, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, a U.S. naval base on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Just before 8 a.m. on that Sunday morning, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes descended on the base, and destroyed or severely damaged at least 19 American naval vessels, including eight battleships, and over 300 planes. More than 2,400 Americans died in the attack, including civilians. At least another 1,000 people were wounded that day. My cousin, Jim Stilwell, had shore duty or shore leave at the time and so escaped the tragedy of the sinking of the USS Arizona to which he was assigned. Of the 2400 known dead during the strike, 1177 of them died on the USS Arizona, many of whom are still encased in the vessel, which is now a United States Memorial site. The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan. The attack on our

Part 1 of 3: Your Brain Uses Lots of Energy, Thoughts from Chuck

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Your Brain uses lots of energy. Our brains weigh about 3 pounds. That’s about 2% of our total body weight! However, it also uses about 20% of the body’s energy and oxygen intake. That means that to have good learning skills, we need to get plenty of sleep on a regular basis and breathe deeply. Exercise can help us both breathe and sleep better. Sodas and junk food keep the brain from using the energy it needs every day. Start today to take care of your brain. Check online for information on foods that are healthy for your child and yourself. Remember, you are your family’s most important example and mentor. I was tutoring a young boy at Stilwell’s Learning Center a few days ago who couldn’t concentrate or move as quickly as he should. His breakfast and lunch were not the best. It didn’t seem to me he had eaten enough protein to perform well. The next day he reported that he ate oatmeal with fresh fruit and that lunch was much better, too. Guess what! He did amazingly well and was

Post Labor Day Blog - Thoughts from Chuck Stilwell

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Labor Day weekend was a great opportunity for us all to take a break and get refueled with renewed energy and direction. Recently, my home has expanded with a family of five who have been like family to us over the years. This past weekend we hiked one day 5.5 miles up Ramsey Canyon and down into the beautiful pools in the fast-flowing stream. It was a refreshing change for us all. The kids went swimming in the creek pools. On Labor Day itself, we went to Bisbee and experienced a fantastic breakfast at the Bisbee Breakfast Club. I hinted that it would be great to go back there on my birthday. I will talk to my son and daughter-in-law and grandchildren about that! Bisbee, though a tourist trap for those wanting to shop, was just the same a great way to spend a relaxing day. Labor Day weekend was also a time to reflect on some of the history of our country, prompted by discussions we had particularly about how non-educated we have become in this country. Much of it centered around the

Back to School Blog with NEW School Funding Information

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A new school year has begun, and parents and students alike are hopeful they will have a better experience than during the last few years. What will make the difference? Today as never before, parents and grandparents need to take the responsibility in the education of their children. In Arizona, families now can choose from traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, online academies, homeschooling, and micro schools due to the new expansive provision signed by Governor Ducey, according to a news release on July 7, 2022. Arizona families who participate would receive more than $6,500 per year per child for private school, homeschooling, micro schools, tutoring, or any other kinds of educational service that helps meet the needs of their students outside the traditional public school system. As parents and grandparents, we need to take responsibility for what is being taught to our youth. We pay taxes for the government schools in our

Summer Tips for Parents and Students - Thoughts from Chuck -

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Summer Tips for Parents and Students in Arizona Most families can take a week or two of vacation and visit great places in Arizona.  What about the rest of the summer?  Here are some tips and places to think about within easy driving distances. • Kartchner Caverns State Park has camping, hiking, and other activities besides the fascinating cave tours. • Patagonia Lake State Park • Parker Lake camping • Hiking/camping in the Chiricahua Mountains, a favorite of ours is Turkey Creek. • Hiking and camping in our local Huachuca Mountains • What about activities at home or nearby? • San Pedro River exploration • Lehner Mammoth Kill Site in Hereford, AZ • Ghost town hunting in Cochise County • Reading good books • Swimming lessons • Musical instrument lessons • Playing family friendly games with the whole family. I know a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old who have started their own businesses. Why not the teenager in your family? With a little imagination, you can fill p

Life's Investments and Priorities - Thoughts by Chuck

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Over the years, I have noticed that parents who place a high priority on investing in their son or daughter with educational help have made a great investment. Many of our former students have become leaders in their communities with high-paying jobs or professions. One 5th grade student came to us unable to even do 2nd grade work. He could not function at school. It was a very difficult case, but after nearly 3 years of receiving tutoring help with us, he accomplished great progress. When he return the the classroom, he found school easy. He became a high school honor student. Another student spent about 5 years with our program and progressed from 2nd grade level to college level by the time she reached 8th grade. Some student have gained 2 years in their grade levels in 3 months. The point I want to make is that the parents of these children and teens found it a wise investment to put off other activities and sports so the their kids would be well prepared for life after receiving a

Mother's Day 2022

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 Mother's Day Pictured Mothers in Stilwell, Gaboury, and Richards Family of 4 Generations (5 Generations when including Great-Great Grandson) Our family has always appreciated out mothers. We make it a bit family day. My father used to sing a song every Mother's Day, entitled "That Wonderful Mother of Mine."  Whooping Cough was killing my mother only days after being born. My grandma's love for her child was very great. She held the baby close to her own body, day and night for six weeks, watchful that she didn't choke to death or stop breathing. My mother lived to be almost 87. She was active up until about 3 days before she died. Because of my grandmother's sacrifice, she and my mother was very close all of their lives.  Mom always encouraged me and never ridiculed my ideas or dreams. She never complained about cooking for the car-loads of friends I brought home from college. She rarely had a negative thing to say about another person. Cheerful most of h