The Things You Carry

Being a teacher has always been a part of my life.  When I was in 5th grade, I made a classroom in a side closet and did lessons with my younger brother.  I had posters, whiteboards, and attendance sheets.  It was probably the nerdiest thing I’ve ever done in my life.  Eventually I grew up […]

The Gorilla Position

The Gorilla Position was named for Gorilla Monsoon – one of the biggest figures in the early days of the professional wrestling world.  Wikipedia describes it thusly, The staging area just behind the curtain where wrestlers come out to the ring, named after Gorilla Monsoon. Refers to a wrestler who is in the early stages […]

Into The Mystic

Why yes, the headline refers to Van Morrison’s hit, which you can listen to here.  It’s been an alarming three months since I sat down to ponder my education, but I had my reasons.  I spent 205(!) hours working the some seriously amazing middle school students.  My college coursework broke me for about a week […]

The Rookie

Up until this semester everything has followed the traditional school path.  Go to class. Attend the lecture with notebook and pen answering questions, participating at an acceptable level of activity and turn in the homework, essays and reading responses.  Do those things and you have a excellent chance at passing the classes.  Fall 2016 promises […]

Smokey and the Bandit

If you’ve never seen the movie that serves as the title for this post you need to drop whatever you’re doing and buy, rent or stream it.  It is a classic car and truck movie.  But there’s one specific car in that movie that inspired plenty of petrol heads to new heights of love and […]

The Theory of Everything

Theories are wonderful things.  They are helpful in examining an issue or an idea.  They allow us to apply the scientific method and test various variables.  Again – wonderful thing.  Except when it comes to English and specifically composition theory.  You see, there’s a theory for everything composition under the sun, moon and yes, even […]

A Great Perhaps

What a ride. I’m putting Spring 2016 semester in the rear view mirror (3.20 GPA!) and pulling out maps for a trip down Summer 2016 Semester lane with Fall 2016 right after.  I’ve been reflecting on the last two years and change.  It’s been a interesting time marinating on the events that instigated this great […]

Columbine, Friend of Mine

Columbine. It’s a word that carries heavy emotional weight when spoken or written.  It’s been 17 years (as of tomorrow) since the first frenzied calls to 911 were made and the news began to spread throughout the community.  17 years since our idea of school security changed in an instant as two madmen engaged their […]

The Two Towers

Ah, Lord of the Rings.  One of the trilogies that (for the most part) works efficiently, effectively and excellently.  It also works as a literary and cinematic metaphor to draw comparisons up against my current college experience.   I’m facing down the first tower this semester and it’s been a challenge.  I’m juggling 18 credit hours, […]