Monthly Archives: November 2013

Feasts, inside and out

Ah yes, Thanksgiving. Truly the best holiday. All about delicious foods and the rich relationships of family and friends. What could be more important? This year, the awesomeness of the holiday was even further extended by the surprise jacuzzi we … Continue reading

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Diagramming the heart

In class today, we actually did some grammar. Another teacher in our school does diagramming of sentences and the kids were curious exactly what that was. I’m not a big fan of diagramming, which always seems to help the kids … Continue reading

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“The Necessity for Irony” by Eavan Boland

On Sundays, when the rain held off, after lunch or later, I would go with my twelve year old daughter into town, and put down the time at junk sales, antique fairs. There I would lean over tables, absorbed by … Continue reading

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Where were you the day JFK was shot?

Fifty years ago today, E.J. Fritsche came running down the hall of our middle school, just as we were leaving Mr. Stranahan’s history class, shouting that the President had been shot. E.J. was a jokester and of course none of … Continue reading

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the right to an eternity

For the past 24 hours, with a short period of sleep inserted, I have worked like crazy to grade and get back my 37 page Constitution test to the students. It was a commitment I made to them to get … Continue reading

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Danielle

An remarkably nuanced vision of aging directed by Anthony Cerniello.

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272 words

150 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln spoke his famous address at the dedication of the Gettysburg cemetery. This speech clarified the goals of the Civil War by broadening the notion of who “We the people” were, first mentioned at the … Continue reading

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