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About danblanchard

Parent, Educator, Author Dan Blanchard the Award Winning Author and Speaker, two-time Junior Olympian Wrestler, and two-time Junior Olympian Wrestling Coach who grew up as a student-athlete. Dan admits that as a youth he was more of an athlete than a student. Since then, Dan has successfully completed twelve years of college and has earned seven degrees. He teaches Social Studies in Connecticut’s largest inner-city high school. In addition, Dan is a Teacher Consultant for the University of Connecticut’s Connecticut Writing Project. He was chosen by the American Federation of Teachers as their face and voice of educational reform. Dan has authored the two dynamic teen leadership books, Feeling Lucky? and Feeling Good. His third book of the Granddaddy’s Secrets series, Feeling Strong! will be out next winter. As an educator, coach, author, and speaker Dan feels that it is his duty to positively influence our youth every chance that he gets! He lives with his wife, Jennifer, their five children, and family dog, Daisy.

OWNING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 4)

Owning the Mat Blog 4 Week 4   Mentally, Dakota seemed to be in a better place this week. Last Saturday was hard on him. But, I asked him how he was handling it, and he said he was fine. I watched him a little bit in practice Monday night, and he looked like the [...]

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OWNING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 3)

Owning the Mat Blog 3 Week 3            I asked Dakota on Sunday morning how his elbow and arm were doing. Sometimes things hurt more the next day. To my delight, he said his arm was still feeling pretty good. However, he complained that the knee he had surgery on was [...]

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OWNING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 2)

Owning the Mat Blog 2 Weeks 1 & 2 Wow! I can't believe it's here. It is the Monday after Thanksgiving in my son Dakota's senior year of high school. And that means that it is the first day of wrestling season for Dakota. In addition, Dan Gable just called Dakota to wish him good [...]

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OWNING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 1)

Blog 1 Preseason While in the pandemic lockdown, nobody was wrestling anywhere around us in Connecticut. Fortunately, though, we received a stimulus check that gave us the ability to buy a small 10X10 basement wrestling mat. It isn't big enough for us to go full speed on. But it is big enough for us to [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 42)

Blog 42 March 13, 2021  Well, wrestling season in Connecticut has come and gone, and there aren't any post-season tournaments. The New England's would have taken place last weekend. This is such an exciting tournament. I was hoping Dakota would have gotten to experience it this year, but it didn't happen. There had been some [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 41)

Blog 41 Junior Year, February 20th    This is the weekend of February 20th. It's supposed to be the weekend of the Class L State Championships here in Connecticut. My son, Dakota, was supposed to have had a great season racking up many wins. I also pictured him placing in the States at 145 pounds [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 40)

Blog 40 Junior Year, January 19th According to what we've been hearing from the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC), the governing body for secondary school athletics and the Department of Public Health (DPH), this Tuesday, January 19th, is supposed to be the start of winter sports. Unfortunately, the alternative spring football season will no longer [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 39)

Blog 39 Junior Year Well, it's Christmas again, and still no wrestling. Last year at this time, Dakota's sophomore year, he shared with me how badly he just wanted his knee to be fixed up so he could be back on the mat. I shared with him that in this sport you never put off [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 38)

Blog 38 Junior Year Wow! November 30th has rolled around again. It's getting to be near the end of the year 2020. This has been one heck of a year for most people around the U.S. and the world. A lot of things are going on today, as well as not going on today. It's [...]

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Book Marketing For Authors Blog 99- Using LinkedIn to Build Your Connections and Get Customers

Using LinkedIn to Build Your Connections and Get Customers   LinkedIn is a pretty cool place for us self-publishing indie authors because the people on LinkedIn are professionals who actually have some money. They’re not teeny bobs chewing gum, with a lot to say, but nothing to back it up. LinkedIn is different from other [...]

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