Blog

Read and Sleep Better!

In these dark days of winter why not take a book to bed? After all, studies show reading helps you sleep better, while the video screen emits blue light that suppresses your sleep cycle. Oddly, watching a movie reduces your brain’s level of activity … but does nothing to help you sleep. On the other […]

Read More

They Were Here First

Schools across the nation are recognizing the importance of honoring the Indigenous Peoples of America over the arrival of the European explorer. After all, the holiday that falls in mid October seeks to remember the early beginnings of human civility in the New World. And, despite a host of conflicting view points, the native people […]

Read More

Biased Media Pretends to Offer What We Want!

One showed up in my mailbox today. A copy of a nationally distributed newspaper filled with headlines and articles we’re all too familiar with. So, with smoky skies over my city and no desire to go outside, I sat down to give it a read. Right away my radar was up and functioning, vetting each […]

Read More

Horse Drawn to Horseless Coaches

By the end of the 19th century it was becoming clear the automobile would soon wean people off the horse as a means for transportation. Numerous start up ventures harnessing steam powered contraptions rolling on bicycle wheels soon evolved into a host of self-propelled carriages. It was a turn-of -the-century revolution, at first in the […]

Read More

Antagonists & the Psychopath

Often the best thrillers cast the best antagonists in hopes of perpetuating maximum conflict viewers and readers are seeking. It’s the “thrill” factor that makes us sit on the edge of our seats and wince. Screen writers and authors commonly deploy the venerable psychopath as chief antagonist to ratchet up tension and defy all that […]

Read More

What is Independence to You?

Over the years I’ve asked my students how they define Independence. Many answers abound; “We got out from under a buffoon for a king sitting over in Britain; The Red Coats can’t order us around any longer; I don’t know, but the fireworks are always exciting; We got our own Constitution.” The list goes on. […]

Read More

Polls & Voting

The polls in the U.S. indicate an overwhelming percentage of citizens support smart policy related to curbing climate change. A majority of Americans support real change in systemic racism and policing. The lion’s share of people in the U.S. support equal civil & legal rights for LGTQ citizens. A significant number greater than half support […]

Read More

Who are we Americans?

As we look back over the events of the past two weeks people are asking: What went wrong in America? Was mass protest, anger, grief, demands for change all the result of Minneapolis police who made a string of gravely wrong judgments in the use of force, leaving an unarmed Black man dead, and for […]

Read More

Truths about the Old West

For many of us living today, Hollywood and paperback novels serve as our favored glimpse into the Old West. Marauding gunmen ride into towns with free license to terrorize the innocent. Scores of infamous gunslingers parade their reputations of being the fastest gun west of the Mississippi. The Indian, a heartless heathen never to be […]

Read More

A New Normal in Education?

Much is on the table about what “learning” will look like in the coming school year and beyond. No doubt, educators have faced a steep learning curve while operating virtual classrooms from home following closures across the country, across the world! The delivery of effective and meaningful education has always been a topic in the […]

Read More