Category Archives: Culture

To Lead, To Drive, To Do: Why (and How) I Teach

(Originally published December 29, 2018) Students tend to like solid, concrete, specific answers. Or, more accurately, they like to know, solidly, concretely, and specifically what answers I want from them. They rarely get them, however, and that’s a good thing. … Continue reading

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Musings: Misogyny Masks Racism

Rough musings: Why do I say misogyny masks racism: -They come from the same place; threatened white male entitlement. Though the conversation about race and gender play out in different arenas, they are essentially the same conversation and tend to … Continue reading

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On the Dangers of Literalism in Religion

People keep saying “Islam is a peaceful religion,” and then they follow it up with “ISIL isn’t Islamic” or “ISIL is not real Islam, but a twisted and warped version of it.” Or, these days it’s “Those people aren’t real … Continue reading

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Losing Treasures; the Need for Cursive

Article for the school paper, March, 2017 I have a treasure in my home, but I cannot access it. The treasure is a box of letters and postcards from grandparents, great-grandparents, great aunts, and others of my family. I am … Continue reading

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The Value of Truth

An essay penned for the school paper, Feb 3, 2017 This was not, in fact, the piece I intended to write. But as I scanned the news this morning, I was compelled to comment. Let me say first that my … Continue reading

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