Teachers, mentors and other important people in life

Jan Hodge posed in the study of his home in this 2008 Sioux City Journal Photo

In many parts of the country, the school year is still just beginning.

With that in mind, I sought inspiration from fellow blogger Carol A. Seidl. She recently started following Brome Hill and I like the nice post she wrote last month about the college professor who had the biggest influence on her. As I set out to borrow her idea, I realized I essentially had written the same type of post about Jan Hodge in 2014.

So I stopped writing, went to bed and slept on it. I awoke thinking about the many mentors who have influenced me — often in even greater ways than teachers I’ve had. And I don’t want to diminish the importance of teachers. More on that in a bit.

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