MARCH 27, 2009 9:41PM

What Boys Do

Mess with carts

apples 23

 cart again


Navigate terrain with sticks

beach explore 23

   cemetery 23


 Catch hail with frisbees

hail 230

 Contemplate the universe

contemplation 23

D building again



 Play in the snow

snowball fight again

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MARCH 24, 2009 1:14AM

Confused by the News? Crisis Basics


      I used to feel really well informed. Sure, I always knew it was a function of time--that I had more than most--but I secretly hoped that others never caught on to that simple truth. So when I could detail the politics of the moment or delve into the history… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 11, 2009 11:57AM

Lincoln and Leprechauns

            I didn’t know how to pronounce the word “Deringer,” and that intrigued the first-grade boys surrounding me; they were used to teachers knowing everything. We discussed the possibilities—soft or hard g, whether… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 3, 2009 6:12PM

Science is Not a Religion.

Political and religious ideologues like to say that science is just another kind of religion. Here’s why they’re wrong, why science is not anyone’s religion.

 As a teacher, I’ve marveled at the near impossibility of reconciling the competing philosophies of critical th… Read full post »

JANUARY 30, 2009 4:33PM

Darrel and James

Darrel and James

I left the mall’s food court feeling sick.  It wasn’t the food; it was the conversation:  Over sandwiches and diet Coke, my friend had just told me about her experience at her son’s 4th grade lunch table the previous day, and together we despaired.

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NOVEMBER 25, 2008 10:21PM

Middle School Substitute

I don't notice the competing paper banners until the day is over and I'm exhausted and demoralized. YOU are RESPONSIBLE for your own ACTIONS! goes one, with the lower case letters cursive and blue, the capitals a screaming orange print. And the other, in what the kids call “bubble letters,&rdqu/… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 30, 2008 9:53PM

Free Will and The Secret

Most people overestimate the role that merit plays in their lives, and by “most people,” I mean the vast majority who has seen some measure of conventional success.[1]  By corollary, people underestimate chance, evolution, history, government, and culture as factors that influence th/… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 28, 2008 1:15AM

On Black Presidents and Live Babies

Daytime and evening phone banks are qualitatively different. On Tuesday mornings I wax philosophical with Strongsville’s universe of undecided voters about the local homeless man who registered 79 times at the behest of ACORN (I assure them that not only was the man not going to vote 79 times,… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 6, 2008 11:45PM

On Slugs and Fear

big slug

     My childhood friend Janice used to call her brother a slug, and I always took it to mean he was lazy.  Now I’m wondering if there wasn’t a hint of the repugnant intended as well.  I/

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2008 11:49PM

A Real Debate

It may not play well here on Open Salon, but I thought I saw a real debate tonight. As the two candidates sparred over tax plans, the economy, and foreign policy, they went back and forth, clarifying issues and positions in a way that

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SEPTEMBER 19, 2008 11:09PM

NO MORE WAR! Phil Donahue Comes to Town

Phil Donahue and union worker

As Ike gasped his last breath into Northeast Ohio, I found myself driving along Interstate 71 toward downtown Cleveland, heart seizing each time my van acquiesced to the 70 mph winds. I parked on a street littered with uprooted giants—maples, oaks, and chestnuts—and hur

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SEPTEMBER 8, 2008 6:30PM

The Chess Set

chess pieces

I spent some time last fall on the internet looking for a nice chess set. Okay, because I’m a maximizer,* I spent a lot of time looking for the perfect chess set. Each kid was going to get one big present for Christmas—the oldest,/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 6, 2008 11:40AM

Undecided in Ohio


 “Hi. Is Mr./Mrs. ________ available? My name is __(Lainey)   , and I’m a volunteer with Barack Obama’s Campaign for Change here in Strongsville.  How are you today?

 So started my debut volunteer effort for Barack Obama two

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AUGUST 31, 2008 10:37PM

We've Come a Long Way, Baby.

Barack Obama and Jill Biden at the Convention


“‘Bye baby,” a mischievous Emmett “Bobo” Till tossed out to the  pretty white woman as he left her family’s small-time grocery store—and then, full of the bravado a fourteen-year-old knows when surrounded by a dozen friends egging him

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