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Briars, Rocks, and Scary Beasts

March 6, 2012


Creativity is overrated. I’m serious. Mr. van Gogh was not a healthy man. Thomas Edison may have called to his wife to come see his burning factory because “she was never going to see this again,” but I’m sure she would rather he was referring to a sunset or a weird bug. And I don’t […]

The Parable of the Principals

January 20, 2012


The other day a friend, whose work life changed dramatically with a new boss along with the new year, sat across from me reborn, excited once again to be a teacher. She glowed and bounced as she talked about her day, laughed at the various trials of an overcrowded classroom, and grinned as I responded […]


May 5, 2011


Field Day. Is there anything that conjures more keenly in the grownup imagination the joy of impending summer than a day spent in the Olympic games so purely loved by children? Where we live, this perfect day is called the Hershey Track Meet. Three schools come together, each grade on a day, and let children […]


April 8, 2011


I have a sneaking suspicion that I’ve stumbled onto something important. Projects have layers. Perhaps like onions. Perhaps stimulating the same painful reaction when peeled. The year before last the street in front of my house was torn up – again – to lay a large water line and replace old water meters. The operators […]