Dale Lidicker

Oct 202016

Local elections matter.

One of the organizers of last year’s school board majority recall is now running for state representative.

Her name is Tammy Story. I had the opportunity to meet and speak with her on a range of issues, especially public schools. It is clear to me that she is a rare find in the political world. Ms. Story has demonstrated that she has the public good at heart, not only through her words, but more importantly, through her actions.

Sep 032016

Whenever I visit my co-author and friend, Kristina, I feel as if I have woken up a bit more.

She is the personification of character, integrity, and compassion that would make this world a far better place if only the masses would agree to aspire to her example.

Kristina and I at Hearthfire Book Signing #2As I had posted on Facebook several months ago, Kristina went through a pretty rough surgery at the tail end of February of this year. She had her Baclofen pump (the device that delivers muscle relaxants to her lumbar area) replaced so that she can get relief from the incessant pain. The recovery was a bit slow at the beginning. Healing took a while. Kristina needed time for all of her bodily systems to run smoothly again.

Oct 262015

An evening school board meeting had just ended. A stunned majority of attendees began filtering out. Our superintendent of over 12 years, an individual who was a recent quarterfinalist for National Superintendent of the Year, had unexpectedly and abruptly resigned. Cindy Stevenson cited the inability to work with our newly elected school board majority as the reason for leaving our district.

A few people were milling around Cindy after the meeting. As I began to wish her well, she hugged me. Rivulets of tears flowed into my shirt. The board majority of Ken Witt, John Newkirk, and Julie Williams were conversing with their close-knit supporters in the immediate background. I could discern some muted laughter. The moment was surreal.Marc Poort

Aug 182014

How a Student Can Teach and a Teacher Can Learn

Kristina rolled into my life in 2004. Literally. You see, she has cerebral palsy and gets around in a wheelchair. She came to me as a sixth grader; a passionate, expressive girl whose difficulty verbalizing her thoughts hindered her ability to express herself.

I was her special education teacher. She would eventually become my teacher.

“What do you see yourself doing after high school?” I asked one day as I wheeled her to the elevator. She was then in eighth grade. Kristina wryly replied that she was not going to be a professional soccer player. She wanted to be a part of a publishing company and write.

Oct 052013

Dale and Kristina Writing #10We are excited to announce that we will hold not one, but two book signings for our book, The Epitome of Grace: A Journey of Student and Teacher at HearthFire Books in Evergreen, CO.

We will hold our book signings on Wednesday, October 9th and Monday, October 21st starting at 5pm. HearthFire Books is located in the Bergen Village Shopping Center at 1254 Bergen Parkway, Suite D118, Evergreen, CO 80439.

You will have an opportunity to meet the authors and purchase your own personalized copy of The Epitome of Grace. In addition, you will be donating to two charities that support programs for those with special needs and their families.