“Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter”… This one I caught in the Tribune the other day and called the Editorial Room and asked who wrote this.
Education | Learning | School
We often want to numb the bad shit. Being honest about feelings such as shame, fear and uncertainty lead to vulnerability; and we’re conditioned to associate vulnerability with weakness.
Phys. Ed. was my least favorite class at Wilcox High School. I’d managed to lose most of my excess weight, but I had yet to develop muscle tone.
Did you attend your high School Prom? Do you remember what you wore?
In case you’ve forgotten, Prom Night is around the corner, and it’s time for High School seniors to learn some shopping tips to help them find fabulous gowns and tuxedos for the occasion. For anyone unfamiliar with the term, Prom Night
In 1959, a neighborhood child asked my mother to teach her how to paint. My parents, both artists, opened their home to this child and a seed was planted in The Fruitbelt Neighborhood of Buffalo, New York. The dynamic exchange of energy known a The Law of Giving and Receiving was set in motion as […]
Every now and then there is something in the news that really gets me going! Right now it is chocolate milk. Why? Because the dairy lobby is pushing the FDA to approve the use of the artificial sweetener aspartame in chocolate milk. Sugar isn’t bad enough now they want to add excitotoxins to dairy products on the […]
Okay, 2012 sort of kicked my butt. Yes. It was a stern teacher springing pop quizzes on my unsuspecting soul, re-teaching me things I thought I had already learned, only to discover that I had acquired a sturdy mental assent on theory but the lessons hadn’t completely made it to my heart. Like a strategist […]
“The love of a mother is the veil of a softer light between the heart and the heavenly Father.” –Samuel Taylor Coleridge In early June my daughter graduated high school. When that day arrived, it did so as if it snuck up on me. In the moment of the day-to-day life of raising a child, […]
The year was 1979. The project was to develop the upper grades (7 – 8 ) of a new elementary-school reading program … on an insane schedule. Two of us were acting on tips while also searching on our own for the proper reading selections to fit in the proper grade-level and thematic holes … […]
I’ve been looking at real estate and noticed that school zones create a host of problems, especially concerning property values. For example, the same house may be priced much higher in one school zone because the high school is deemed more desirable. So what’s the solution? Completely centralizing all school zones. If we put every […]
You’ve probably heard that after two hundred and forty-four years Encyclopedia Britannica is ending its print edition as it fully embraces the digital age. This is a sad moment for all book lovers, and a powerful indication of what is to come. To celebrate all that Encyclopedia Britannica has meant to some of us, I’m […]
“Adults are obsolete children, and the hell with them.” Dr Seuss Dr Seuss: Books For Obsolete Children… Dr Seuss: Books For Obsolete Children… Dr Seuss was born Theodor Seuss Geisel on March 2, 1904 and would have celebrated another birthday yesterday. Happy Belated Birthday! He wrote under the pen names Dr. Seuss, Theo LeSieg and […]
Back in 1967 when I was a junior in high school, Mr. Farrington, our social studies teacher, came up with an interesting idea that made us all stopthinking about our raging hormones to focus on something nearly as important—survival. The Soviet Union hadn’t crumbled yet and nuclear annihilation remained a distinct possibility, so engaging in […]
Almost ten months have passed since I posted Part 1 on this topic, on April 29, 2011. Time for an update! Cutting to the chase for the time period, I must announce that Karen and GW-1 (Ghostwriter 1) recently parted ways, and so for the moment this blog subject will take the form of a […]
Cityscape USA You may already have seen the video below of a talk given at the 2011 TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference, this talk being on Culturomics and ngrams.googlelabs.com. I’m posting it here because all the data behind the phenomenon is being taken from books. I would be remiss not to include this somewhere on […]
Two Thoughts for Tuesday Last week hubby and I decided to do a marathon of Continuing Education classes to keep our real estate licenses current. We actually have another year before either Kansas or Missouri is due but we had the time and the inclination to surround ourselves with a couple of hundred smooth talking […]
Dominance Games / Politics Why battle over eduction? The students are studious. The teachers are teacherous. The sharp know it all reformers are treacherous. The politicians are unfathomable. The talkers hate public anything. Teaching is such an easy rewording job that its an accomplishment to get a new one to last three years. Teaching is […]
Dominance Games / Politics It is good to be poor. Be poor and the whole world beats a path to your door. The non poor cant but get through a day without fixating on the drag you are on their lives, their taxes, their economy, the pristine glamor of the existence they aspire to and […]
Digital art by Idea go The most expensive textbook I had to purchase in college cost $29, if memory serves. I think on average I was probably spending about $15 per book, so the most expensive one was about twice the normal cost. In the late 1960’s it was a jaw-dropping amount. The shock of […]
Borders will be gone by the end of September. It makes me sadder than you can imagine. The demise of the book store chain, and the only one in our locale, is one more example of how much my reality of living is giving way to a future that confounds and confuses me. How long […]
We can best be protected from extreme evil in the political sphere by spreading around power as much as possible. The philosopher king or the wise council of elders may be, in their pure forms, the most admirable and efficient forms of governance. They may bring the best of virtue, vision, majesty, bearing and trust. […]
As a good little arbitrator of the useful abuse of the minds of men, as a good little speaker of wisdom and truth on the national stage are you a fine and dandy little advocate for the mind numbing densities of thrill seeking undulating, rapacious, leer loving, visceral thought? As a good little arbitrator of […]
As a true delineator of cultural, scientific and historical fact are you sure that you, yourself and you and the concepts of critical thought inhabit the same strata of the same high ground of the same world in the same sphere of the same inane influence as in always, forever and a day? As a […]
7In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. (Titus 2:7-8) Growing up in a home that had little to no […]
Today I’m taking a short break from writing help. I want to post about a topic that has blown my mind. I was reading through a national magazine and found where a thirteen year old female student in Virginia was suspended for having controlled substances in her locker. Right now your going “Good for them. […]
You have to make your character multidimensional, and not leave him flat. What creates the most vivid picture, 3D or regular television? It is a matter of contrast in your characters. As humans we are very complicated and you have to show that complication in your characters also. That way your reader can really get […]