Before the Last Leaf Falls

For over half my life now, I’ve struggled with Seasonal Affective Disorder in early autumn. I don’t know if it was a series of painful life situations I had to deal with one particular summer when I was younger, or just my growing awareness of the metaphorical meaning of the seasons changing (and all the attendant cues around me), but even when I’ve had good things going on for me at the time, September has been a very painful month for me to get through.…

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Bad Faith, Worse People

What the “Grievance Studies” Hoax Actually Reveals (slate.com) Growing up in a city has a way of making you acutely aware of any time that city’s name is mentioned in a national setting, at least if that’s a relatively rare occurrence. Given that I’m old enough to remember when M*A*S*H was winding down its original run on CBS, you’d think that I would have been inured to mentions of Toledo at an early age, but that just didn’t happen; I can still remember watching the Fox…

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Out of Order

The strong desire I had to be famous when I was very young might be attributable to a number of factors. My hyperactive imagination is certainly high on the list of potential reasons, not only because it facilitated my daydreams of fame, but also because I could think of lots of ways to harness that imagination to create works of art that would lead to me becoming famous (or so I believed back then). The rise of cable television in my early years, and MTV…

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Totalitarian Teaching

Trumped up anti-Semitism charges at Rutgers designed to chill free speech | Editorial (nj.com) My experiences of being targeted for special treatment by my high school teachers, just because I had political opinions that differed from theirs, have influenced my teaching career in more ways than I could possibly list in a blog like this; putting aside the positive influences in my life (Mom and the good teachers I had in college), they may be my primary motivation to be a teacher, and to always…

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The Wrong Kind of Eraser

Texas Board of Education Votes to Remove Hillary Clinton from Social Studies Curriculum (snopes.com) The annual “Person of the Year” issue put out by Time magazine is frequently misunderstood. Its title makes it sound like an accolade, an award given to someone who has done good, but as Time itself has noted on multiple occasions, it chooses the recipient of the title based merely on the influence that person has had on world events over the previous year. A quick look through the recipients of this title…

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