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The Constitution and s’mores

Today was the annual burning of our Constitution tests and, as I am retiring this June, perhaps the last time it will happen on school grounds. We are required to destroy these nationally mandated tests because of the off chance … Continue reading

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The annual burn

Every year we burn our Constitution tests. Because our school receives federal funding we are mandated to give a Constitution test in the 8th grade and then mandated to destroy it just in case an upcoming 8th grader lays their … Continue reading

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Glass Pyrograph drawings

Etsuko Ichikawa uses hot glass to create this very effective and powerful calligraphy. The work in performance is even more riveting. Born in Tokyo (1963), she presently lives and works in Seattle.

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Two paintings were saved…

…from Taco Diablo, Evanston IL, where my son had a job as a bartender until today, about 2:30am this morning. ————————————————————————————————— (edited) from Taco Diablo December 31, 2013 We are in a state of shock, it’s very surreal and has left us … Continue reading

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Prometheus’ gift of fire

Last night we had some friends over for Shabbat dinner, friends we have had for a very long time. There were delicious hors d’oeuvres (red pepper hummus and apples), a roast chicken with all the vegetables (potatoes, carrots, onions, celery, … Continue reading

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“Burned Man” by David Huddle

When I was twelve, a man was burned not quite to death at my father’s factory. Recovered enough to walk the town, he didn’t know what to do with himself—a ghost whose scarred, fire bubbled face made you look away, … Continue reading

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Message obvious. Accountability not.

Yesterday I had several errands to run after school. At the first stop, an arts supply store, I smelled a burnt plasticky smell. At first I thought there was something wrong with the car. At the next stop, several miles … Continue reading

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Burning House, Burning Out

I remember years ago standing on the corner of Belmont and Broadway in Chicago, across the street from Jane Addams Center Hull House (where I used to volunteer a lot of my time), watching fire engines gather and firemen fight … Continue reading

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