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Category Archives: Personal

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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