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Month: January, 2009

The Thing About Teaching

…is that you’re aiming at a moving target. And it’s hard to say who you’re serving in the first place.  Is it the students?  Their parents? The board? The principal? Oh sure.  Take the easy way out and say it’s the students.  No Child Left Behind.  All children have a right to learn.  Blah blah blah.   There’s a very good argument out there that says that teachers are very much like prison wardens. “And as for the schools, they were just holding pens within this fake world. Officially the purpose of schools is to teach kids. In fact their primary purpose is to keep kids locked up in one place for a big chunk of the day so adults can get things done. And I have no problem with this: in a specialized industrial society, it would be a … Continue reading

My Living Will

  Last night my sister and I were sitting in the den and I said to her, ‘I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle to keep me alive. That would be no quality of life at all, If that ever happens, just pull the plug.’   So she got up, unplugged the computer, and threw out my wine.   She’s such a bitch.   My mom sent me this in an email.  Thank God we can make jokes in the face of confusion.

Dadisms

A tribute to my dad who died in 2003. These are just a handful of the powerful memories he unwittingly left for us. Continue reading

Tamale Night – Otherwise Known As Christmas Eve

More about Mexicans. Everything you need to know about tamale-making and Christmas Eve. Continue reading