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A well placed bench and much more

I love a bench with a memorial plaque. I adore any opportunity to imbue story, nostalgia, and history into this world. I can’t stand to see a building without a name or a library or school named simply after the town or street where it is located. What a waste of an opportunity to honor…

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Your chances of dying of COVID-19 is greatly influenced by this one thing.

When it comes to the pandemic, where you live matters a whole hell of a lot: The 12 states with the highest case rate for every 100,000 people are all run by Republican governors.   The 13 states with the highest hospitalization rate per 100,000 residents are all run by Republican governors.   The 15 states with the highest percentage of…

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Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood is slipping away

I find this hard to believe, but not one single student in my class knows who Fred Rogers was. And Mr. Rogers Neighborhood? Never heard of it. In fact, the adult in my classroom at the time of this discussion – someone much younger than me – has also never seen Mr. Rogers Neighborhood and…

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Three is a lot.

As I was leaving Boston Market yesterday, meal in hand, I recalled the moment 20 years ago when I was hit by a car in this very parking lot. It was a rainy, autumn afternoon in 2001. I was picking up food at halftime of a Patriots game. As I walked toward my car, two…

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Lucky me

My students asked me when I first met Elysha. I told them that I first saw Elysha in a late August faculty meeting as we were preparing to start a new school year. I’d been working at the school for three years before Elysha stepped through the doors as the new fifth grade teacher. I…

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Resolution update: September 2021

Every month I report the progress of my yearly goals in order to monitor progress (or the lack thereof) and hold myself accountable.   The following are the result from September 2021. PERSONAL FITNESS 1. Don’t die. Alive and well. Hernia surgery scheduled for later this month so I’ll still be hurting for a while,…

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The Colbert Questionert

Fans of Stephen Colbert may be aware of the Colbert Questionert: “15 questions to cover the full spectrum of human experience” After listening to Jon Stewart answer some of them last night, I decided to answer the questions for myself. Feel free to do the same. All but two answers came to me almost immediately,…

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Bad open mic nights already exist, people.

It’s weird how Board of Education meetings have turned into bad open mic nights. Right? Just a month into the new school year, I’ve seen a video of woman in Florida claiming that the Moderna vaccine has magnetized her. I watched someone in Ohio argue that masks are causing children to suffer, and in some…

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The movie is just the beginning…

We watched the movie Holes last week. Good movie. Much better book. I highly recommend it. Charlie and Clara both loved the film. The next morning, Charlie hopped onto his laptop and began researching yellow spotted lizards, rock formations named “God’s Thumb,” and the medicinal qualities of onions. All critical elements of the movie. Then…

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Ghosting sucks

Ghosting — the silent, unexplained method to ending relationships — can have negative consequences that result in internalized emotional conflict on both the person being ghosted and the ghoster, a Wesleyan study recently found. In the short-term, ghosting may lead to internalized feelings of self-criticism and self-doubt, researcher Dr. Royette Dubar explained. Over time, these…

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