This will probably get little traffic

and that’s okay with me. Nevertheless I will take the time to write it.   Yesterday completed 5 weeks since I last was in school with my students (March 13).  That is 6 “school days” of Spring Break, 3 days of break for Easter (as a Catholic school, off for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and…

some thoughts from an ordinary blogger

I have no medical expertise but I do understand data and government policy.   So make of this what you will. First the good news.  One of my students was just named a 2nd string HS All-American in basketball, and another was named Honorable mention, both considered in top 50 in country & with D-1 full…

COVID-19 – thoughts occasioned by this, and related

Let me start by backing up.  One week ago, at midday, I had to go to the emergency room 2 blocks away from my house. I won’t go into the details. It was a medical situation unrelated to my previous medical issues, but was serious enough to be immediately addressed.  I had to wait more…

thoughts – impeachment, politics, and more

Since my stroke on November 12, my online presence, here and elsewhere, has been very limited as I first recovered from that incident, and then underwent my surgery on the 18th, followed by a minor incident (transient ischemic attack — like a minor stroke) on the 20th.  Today I had follow up exams in the…

Now recovering from successful surgery

which lasted somewhat longer than  expected.   There was inflammation that had to be addressed, and a drain had to be put in temporarily (coming out tomorrow before I go home). Was told the blockage was “very bad” before this procedure, but fortunately the other carotid is unblocked. I will have to be on Plavix or…

Not so random thoughts – impeachment, personal, and more

Today is Sunday, which means tomorrow I report for pre-operative stuff at the hospital for the forthcoming operation on Wednesday to address the stenosis (blockage) in my left carotid artery that caused my recent stroke.   While I have no intimations of forthcoming disaster, I will be undergoing general anesthesia, so I find it incumbent upon…

One down, three to go . . .

Friday was the final day of 1st quarter.  It was also the penultimate game for our freshman soccer team.  Both of those events are occasions for another reflection on teaching and related.  If interested in my observations, which will use those as a starting point for broader reflection, please keep reading.  If not, my feelings…

So this is my first post since August 25

which is the longest I have ever gone silent here since joining this site during the 2004 cycle in December, 2003. Given how visible I have been here, I thought I owed the community some explanation for my silence. Let me start by noting that I have not lost interest in politics nor in what…

Tomorrow I begin teaching my students

As I wrote in June in So here's my new teaching gig, I am now employed by DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville MD. I am, besides teaching 6 (of the 8) sections of Government required of all seniors, also one of the two coaches of the Freshman soccer team — we have 21 players,…

Help! I need a simple answer, and the IRS won't pick up the phone.

Un-fucking-believable During the government shutdown, Trump made sure that IRS workers were classified as “essential” government employees to process tax refunds. I’m not sure why, since they seem to have all of the time in the world. I just called the IRS with a simple question and was informed that in non tax season, information…

A quick update on me and teaching

with more to come in exactly one week. I am now one week + away from the end of my public school teaching career (I have to report on Monday June 17 to turn in my ID, keys, computer and have my final meeting with my principal). I am not leaving teaching. I am very…

May 23, 1946

It was shortly after 8 AM in the old Women’s Hospital in New York City.   According to the certificate the mother was Sylvia and the father was Louis, both now long since passed away, the mother, born in 1915, in 1963, the father, born in 1911, in 1995. Since coming into the world on that…

Meditation – Morality, Politics, Life, and more….

This has been a momentous, and somewhat difficult, week. Yes, that applies to politics and international relations to be sure, but it also applies to my personal experiences. Last night my wife left for a weekend birding trip with her father and nephew, leaving me to myself. After puttering around, doing usual weekend tasks of…

Today is Pascha, the Orthodox Christian Easter

which is normally one week later than when Western Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus.  My wife and I were married in an Orthodox Church, and she still attends that Church, although I moved on almost two decades past.  The Celebration is in a service that begins before Midnight, with all the draperies and vestments…

Why I have not been blogging

in case anyone cares. There are a variety of reasons. Let’s start with the more mundane, or rather, those involved with my personal life. This has been a very difficult school year, for a lot of reasons.  Perhaps when I note that I have been assaulted by students 3 times this year (no injuries and…

Do I still really want to be a teacher?

After this week I have to wonder, for lots of reasons. Let me start by acknowledging that the leadership of the school where I work and my fellow educators are quite supportive of me, and after yesterday’s deadline to notify me if I were not being brought back, I have in theory the guarantee of…

Don't touch that dial.

Don't touch that dial Those of you who check in on me regularly, like a parent whose kid has the measles, know that is one of my favorrte pet phrases. I use it to end an article when I have a srong feeling that I'll be circling back around to that subject again, as future…