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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How To Adult

I know.  When a 33 year old bachelor takes to his blog to pronounce an opinion on something there’s always a chance it’ll be a nothing burger filled with wild speculation sauce and empty positioning as a topping.  Here’s the thing – I think I’m right.  After fifteen or so years of learning how to […]

Back To The Future, Part II

The second movie in trilogies is hit or miss.  Star Wars has one of the best.  Back to the Future is disappointing.  Lord of the Rings is acceptable.  Godfather Part II is timeless (let us not speak of Part III and Sofia Coppola).  Tomorrow begins my second full year in college.  And so I approach […]

When the Honeymoon is Over

We’ve all experienced it.  We’ve all been there, done that and probably even managed to snag a shirt out of the deal.  That moment when that once new and wonderful thing suddenly becomes normal and routine.  It happens in everything and famously it’s why it’s called “The Honeymoon Phase” since the comparison seems to have been […]

One Day More

At long last the day has arrived. Tomorrow is the first day of school for a multitude of folks.  Freshman who were seniors just a few months ago will step foot into classrooms and start down the next road in their educational journey.  Books will be opened, notes will be taken and most of all […]

The Great Goodbye

In just under a month, my first full time school experience in twelve year begins and it’s rightly got me vexed.  There’s more moving parts in this process than I imagined.  There’s also the impending start date of August 18th looming very large on the horizon.  And the sixteen credits that will mark my fall […]