Monthly Archives: August 2010

Socks and Me

And now I will describe how my socks are coded for the chapters of my life. White socks are for living the good life. Whether worn with a favorite pair of jeans to watch football during the crisp weeks of … Continue reading

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Disjointed Thoughts on School’s Return

Around here, the school year is off to a rousing start. I have met with all my students, and was sure to devote much of my time to an extended Marxist analysis of the social stratification and class exploitation seen … Continue reading

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Augustus by Anthony Everitt

During this summer’s uncluttered final few weeks, I had the pleasure of reading Anthony Everitt’s fine biography Augustus: The Life of Rome’s First Emperor. The book is a brisk, exciting tour through the life of Rome’s great re-founder, set against … Continue reading

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New Bulletin Boards

A familiar rite of passage for teachers marking a new school year is putting together new bulletin boards. There is something so pert and refreshing about the sight of a new bulletin board. Their vibrant colors and crisp corners are … Continue reading

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This Apple

Man, this apple is GOOD! I’ve eaten a lot of apples in my day – probably about 200 – but I don’t know if I’ve ever tasted one this crisp, tangy, and handsome. It’s a Honeycrisp, grown by the hot-blooded … Continue reading

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The Spectrum of Beards

In preparation for a small role in an upcoming Rock TV, I’ve been growing my beard out a bit. Along with fatherhood, this has probably been the most meaningful endeavor of my life. As the days of beard growth have … Continue reading

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