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Privatized Education: Dollar General High School

Charter schools. Let’s pretend for a minute that I have no ideological, ethical, or professional investment in keeping education free from the marketplace model of doing business. It’s an awfully big suspension of disbelief, I know. Let’s pretend that we as a nation are all on the same page about getting our kids an education, and we are deeply honest…

Obama’s Victory

My television viewing of Obama’s victory was eye opening because it showed me how much I’ve let the birthers, Tea Partiers, and 1% define my reality. On Tuesday night I looked for Fox News because that is who I wanted to narrate my viewing of the election returns. Call me a masochist. I couldn’t find the Fox station – a…

Hope of the Earth

Fellow-citizens, we can not escape history. We of this Congress and this Administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance or insignificance can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the latest generation. We say we are for the Union. The world…

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My Home, Myself

It is news to no one that our homes, like our bodies, can be metaphors for our psyches. My deep need to keep and remodel my home after my divorce came from having been dis-lodged so many times  in my life. I counted my moves and I have averaged once per 16 months until I moved into my current residence,…

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Controlling Stealth Texting in Class

I can’t make up my mind about permitting mobile devices and other technology in class. Even though I geek out over the latest tech toys, I go in circles about classroom technology policies. For the past two years, my approach has been NO DEVICES whatsoever (without a disability services accommodation letter). I thoroughly explain my rationale to the students and…

I No Mugu – Nigerian Scams on Match.com and Craigslist

Nigerian scams fascinate me. Due to my recent life circumstances, their mutations surround me. I posted on Craigslist because I want to rent out a room, only to discover the barrage of roommate scams. I joined Match.com (yes, ..oy), which is a veritable cesspool of scammers.  I would say the scammers come out like roaches in the night, but that…

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Home and Life Remodeling

Remodeling the house is a good metaphor for my life. Things like counter height, the swing of the cabinet doors, the give in the drawers, and the angles of the sink all feel physically different. I yank and pull and push and place and I’m constantly banging into things or missing. It is all ten times better in both looks…