Monthly Archives: October 2013

Good to the last dropping

I should have known what kind of day it was going to be when during extended  advisory the students began talking about coffee made out of poop. “What?!” “That’s right,” BD shared with a glimmer in his eye. “Coffee made … Continue reading

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Self-portrait boxes

Each year I have my students create self-portrait boxes. The self-portrait boxes are a way for them to generate and symbolize important memories and stories in their lives. They were required to fulfill a few specific requests (for example, a symbol … Continue reading

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Essential reciprocity

We have begun our study of the Constitution, looking at John Locke and actually exploring a short piece of his from his Second Treatise on Political Government. The students were surprised at how understandable he is. Today we examined the Declaration … Continue reading

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“What does the fox say” in the orchards?

Today the entire 8th grade went apple picking, no not nose picking (though I am sure there was some of that too), but apple picking. And there were plenty of apples left on the fruit trees. The weather could not … Continue reading

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The Paper Kites: Young

Fabulous animation in this music video for The Paper Kites, using over 350 faces and 4000 still images, produced by an Australian animation group- Oh Yeah Wow. As they describe themselves, “In a landscape inhabited by sharks creating heartless, derivative … Continue reading

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Mr. and Mr.

We were up in Kenosha today, celebrating two friends’ 35th anniversary together and their recent wedding in New York. It was wonderful to spend the afternoon eating awesome food, drinking wine, chatting and reconnecting with friends. One of the celebrants, … Continue reading

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Long day

Today was a very long day. The manhattan that JB made for me when I got home was just the medicine I needed. Sometimes the work one does pulls and stretches every emotional fiber and intellectual muscle one has. Today … Continue reading

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“All is finished”

Violetta, a prostitute, after having fallen in love with Alfredo and given up her “work,” is pressured by Alfredo’s father to break up her relationship because Alfredo’s sister cannot make a good marriage because of Violetta’s reputation. She reluctantly does … Continue reading

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The meta post: at 1000

Okay. Here is the meta post. I have produced 1000 posts since July 2010. One thousand of my ideas have permeated the universe on an almost daily basis. Have I really added anything to the universal pool of knowledge? Probably … Continue reading

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From “Bestiary” by Sherman Alexie

My mother sends me a black-and-white photograph of   her and my father, circa 1968, posing with two Indian men. xxxxx “Who are those Indian guys?” I ask her on the phone. xxxxx “I don’t know,” she says. xxxxx The next … Continue reading

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