The Book List

For the first Quarter, the book list is minimal: · Oliver Sacks, Seeing Voices: A Journey Into the World of the Deaf, 1990/2000 · Joel Spring, The American School: From the Puritans to No Child Left Behind, 7th edition, 2008 · Barbara Rogoff, The Cultural Nature of Human Development, 2003 – selected chapters · Carol […]

People and Problems

It seems that all too often, we consider those who are violent or otherwise anti-social to be “others.” An intriguing book indicates that the difference may in fact be smaller than we like to think. (thanks, R, for pointing this out) Cass R. Sunstein’s review of Leaderless Jihad: Terror Networks in the Twenty-First Century by […]

Books I am Reading

Many Children Left Behind Subtitled “How the No Child Left Behind Act is Damaging our Children and our Schools.”  by Deborah Meier et al.  This was published in 2004, but the comments by people from many aspects of the education world are still pretty current. If anything, they have more meaning as time has gone […]

Poet of Note

This is from “Always a Reckoning” by Jimmy Carter. I really treasure this book. Some of the poems make me uncomfortable, some make me sad or angry. This one in particular makes me feel peculiar. Wistful? Priorities of Some Mexican Children A sign was leaning toward adobe shacks back from the road, across a dry […]

Helping in High School

I never thought I would do it, but I did. I am helping in one of the kids’ English classes at the local high school.  They have book discussion groups, and I am working with one (my kid and two others chose to read the same book).  Today was the first day I got to […]


Like a challenge? How about adventure, romance, thrills and chills? Aspire to be/do/say something a bit more than the average? November is National Novel Writing Month. I think I will give this a try. I managed to write a chapter in the BabbleStory today… 978 words in one hour. How hard can 50,000 words be? […]

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