I Won Free Tickets to Hitchcock’s Orchestra

Coffee.  Couch.  Silence.  Glow of the woodstove.  "4 AM writing doesn't get much better than this," I think. "I am blessed." I'm sad when the wood stove shuts down for the season.  I'm losing an old friend. "Bye," he says.  "I'm packing up, going South till fall....

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Customer Satisfaction Survey: Rate Your Standardized Test Proctor Here Please answer the following questions about your standardized test proctor In order to give you the best experience possible throughout your two weeks of standardized testing, we ask that you take...

The Truth about Transgender Bathrooms

A whole lot of schools are about to give back some serious federal dollars over a toilet or two.   It mystifies me.  Federal dollars are tough to come by.  I know this because The Big Boss always has to talk about money.  Eight million this, three hundred thousand...

MINECON: At 3PM EST I’ll Know if I’m Broke

"Mrs. L didn't get the tickets yet.  The first half sold out. We'll try again tomorrow." I said yes to something only an insano mom would do.  MineCon. "What's MineCon?" you ask. It's twelve-thousand Minecraft people converging somewhere in the US.   This year it's in...

A Day at the Museum: Explaining Naked Neanderthals

Taking 8-year olds to the museum is a dangerous thing. It was Declan's first trip to New York City.  I'd been promising to go to the museum, but I didn't know if he was ready. There's a certain conditioning New Yorkers have that Declan lacks.  "Go to the bathroom...

Scientific Proof Jesus is (not) a Zombie

I told Declan the story of the Passover and Easter.  Again.  I do this every year.  This year I tried a little bit harder.   Declan usually demands candy when I say "Easter." This year he upped his game. "Mom was Jesus a zombie?" "No," I said.  "Jesus was not a...

How to Reverse Discrimination on Super Tuesday

For those we deny the American Dream:  A lesson about discrimination "They're going to deport my mom," she said.   If you've ever taught a class with recent and first-generation immigrants, you've heard this--heard about the people living in the shadows. Once I had a...