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Paul Gosar is a coward.

Here’s the thing about Congressman Paul Gosar’s recent tweeting of his head on an anime character, killing Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and preparing to attack Joe Biden with swords: It’s the act of a coward. A small, frightened, pathetic little boy. Yes, it’s dangerous,. It risks inciting violence against his political opponents. It’s utterly indecent. It’s…

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Boy in a Box

Charlie found a box. He loved the box. I broke down the box and threw it on Thanksgiving morning before our guests arrived. Charlie was angry. Elysha told me he nearly cried. I get it. The one and only poem I ever published was about this very thing, inspired by an afternoon spend on a…

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Cruelty with a dimpled sphere

My retired friend, Rob, texted me this photo and message last week in an attempt to hurt me. Before it was photos of golf, Rob used to send me photos from his many hikes during the school day in an attempt to hurt me. These were far less effective. Hiking aimlessly in the forest –…

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Happy and healthy

I asked my students to make lists of things for which they were thankful this year, then we spent some time talking about and sharing their lists on Wednesday. Some were quite creative. One student included me on her digital list, but she typed my name in white so that I would not see it…

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A different kind of wedding ceremony

On August 19, 2000, I was the DJ at the wedding of Matt Shepard and Kelly Shepard.   Two years and 38 days later, Matt and Kelly attended the wedding of their friends, John and Becky. I was the DJ at that wedding, too. As the wedding came to a close, Matt and Kelly approached…

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Our great American shame

Government spending on child care each year according to the United Nations: Norway: $29,000 Iceland: $24,000 Finland/Denmark: $23,000 Germany: $18,000 Average spending on childcare in developed nations: $14,400 United States: $500 Thankfully, when it comes to per pupil expenditures for education, the United States is doing much better. Currently ranked #66 in the world, behind…

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Every thing doesn’t need to be a thing

This sign hangs in my classroom. My colleague, Steve, showed it to me two years ago. Over the summer, I commissioned an artist on Etsy to make a larger one. We refer to it often. I posted this photo on Instagram a few weeks ago, indicating that it’s a sign that my students and I…

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Birthday prank gone wrong

When one of my students celebrates a birthday, I give them a packet of special birthday passes that allow them special privileges. Homework passes allow them to skip homework assignments of their choice. “No teasing” passes forbid me from hassling them for an entire day. “Eat all day” passes allow them to graze like sheep…

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The third Nolan brother

You’ve probably heard of Christopher Nolan. Acclaimed writer and director of films like Memento, Interstellar, Inception, and the three Dark Knight films. You may know that Christopher Nolan has a brother named Jonathan who is a writer too. Jonathan Nolan has co-written the films Memento, The Prestige, The Dark Knight Rises, and Interstellar, and he is the…

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Blah blah blah

After writing about the impact my assistant basketball coach had on me last week, I heard from many, many people with similar stories. A teacher told a student that she had excellent handwriting. Suddenly, she started writing more. A swimming coach said a boy was faster than he thought. Then he swam faster. A high…

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