All posts by Tracy Connors

About Tracy Connors

Tracy D. Connors graduated from Jacksonville University (AA), University of Florida (BA), the University of Rhode Island (MA), and Capella University (Ph.D. with Distinction, human services management, 2013). Ph.D. (Honorary), Leadership Excellence, Jacksonville University, December, 2013. Designated a "Distinguished Dolphin" by Jacksonville University, Feb. 2, 2010.

CAPT Tracy D. Connors, USN (Ret)

Major Mumbling: An English Epiphany

I value the local Publix for many reasons – from fried chicken to fresh baguettes. However, it would not be my first choice as the place for an epiphany.  But that’s what happened. Living in a college town, not far from The Swamp, the grocery checkers and baggers will almost always be college students. And … Continue reading Major Mumbling: An English Epiphany

My First (deliberate) Sin…

Estelle Stephens was my first grade teacher. The First Grade Classrooms were on the first floor to the right of the main entrance to North Shore Elementary School— PS #70 — in Jacksonville, Florida. Our classroom was right across from The Office–the Principal’s Office, at the time, Mr. E. L. Loundsbury, an older (with silver … Continue reading My First (deliberate) Sin…

Holiday Coupons and e-Gift Cards

Christmas Coupons (25% off) and e-Gift Cards offer welcome digital stocking stuffer options It’s a Fact: Calling birds, French horns, and turtle doves are hard to fit in digital stockings. The daze of Christmas shopping are nearly down to calling birds, French horns, and turtle doves. (Cue the Pipers) Fortunately, BelleAire Press has four new … Continue reading Holiday Coupons and e-Gift Cards

Meaningful Lives from Learning

Achieving a richer, more meaningful life is possible through personal and intellectual growth. The advanced life-long learner and seeker who applies critical thinking rigorously and at times unflinchingly in the face of dangers and pitfalls, will earn the ultimate boon, advanced competence in finding and embracing Truth, understanding our world as it really is. “Roaring” … Continue reading Meaningful Lives from Learning

The most uncivil outcome of all

Recently, a classmate sadly compared the era during which we were raised and the coarseness of today’s national rhetoric.  He contrasted the civility at home, school, and public life discourse at that time, with the torrent of coarse, defamatory, and divisive discourse we endure today. I certainly agreed with basics of his comparison.   Today’s national … Continue reading The most uncivil outcome of all

An Opportunity to Bring Wayne and Ron Home

Our Korean War Veterans saved a nation from a future of unimaginable bleakness, restored an Ally, and stopped Communist aggression. They did so not for glory or national grandeur. They defended Freedom, protected Freedom, and preserved Freedom in Korea because the United States of America, asked these “Greatest Generation” young men to do so. That … Continue reading An Opportunity to Bring Wayne and Ron Home

Jacksonville University Vision: to provide the means and the mentors where we could fulfill our dreams

From the Main Gate at NAS Jacksonville to Moussorgsky’s “Gates of Kiev” Just before I graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in 1957, I had been offered an appointment to Annapolis by Congressman Charles E. Bennett, but a physical was required. When the Navy Corpsman told me that Annapolis required at least 20/100 correctable to … Continue reading Jacksonville University Vision: to provide the means and the mentors where we could fulfill our dreams