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Yearly Archives: 2024

Narnia Solaces

Thu, 8 Feb 2024, 08:15 PM (-06:00)

We devoured the Narnia books, my brother and I, when we were young. My aunt had given them to all four cousins. My brother read them faster than the rest of us. That was years ago. Of all the wonder in those books, two images remain strikingly vivid. 1. Lily Pads At the end of The […]

A Cartoon Exchange

Sun, 4 Feb 2024, 05:51 PM (-06:00)

A few years ago, I briefly taught Calculus. It was a small class of seniors. They all had different things going on, and they all had senioritis badly. It was an adventure teaching them — seems like ancient history, now. This afternoon, one of them sent a note from college saying how much this cartoon […]

Comments from this Week

Thu, 25 Jan 2024, 09:26 PM (-06:00)

1. Kitty’s Retest Kitty stayed after school. She had not done well on Tuesday’s test, and she was taking it again for extra points. When she was finished, she closed her laptop and stood up. We made eye contact. “Can I see how I did?” she asked. These tests get automatically graded. So I opened […]

Silent Sunday

Sun, 21 Jan 2024, 09:13 AM (-06:00)


Silent Sunday

Sun, 14 Jan 2024, 01:30 PM (-06:00)


Your Grandmother’s Spirit

Sat, 13 Jan 2024, 09:01 AM (-06:00)

Evidently he had been pondering the question. Maybe he had glanced at the back wall where our classroom expectations are posted — where they are cautioned to speak as if Nani is in the room. “Mister,” he said, motioning me to come over to their table. “Mister, is your grandmother’s spirit really in the room?” I […]

Windy Day Morning Sun

Fri, 12 Jan 2024, 12:14 PM (-06:00)

That morning, a fierce wind howled. We could hear its moaning thru the walls of the house.  Shrub and tree branches whipped dramatically left and right and up and down. A large limb lay on the ground at the base of the Walnut tree. The garbage cans fell over. The sticks and trimmings in the […]

Silent Sunday

Sun, 7 Jan 2024, 12:00 PM (-06:00)

Sawbucks and Sawhorses

Tue, 2 Jan 2024, 06:21 PM (-06:00)

Let’s talk about “sawbucks” again. Steely-eyed mjb observed that they seem to be the same as “sawhorses”. I mean there are sawhorses and there are sawbucks. Go look. I’ll wait. Same thing, right? But no. Check out this  article about building a sawbuck out of logs, and take a moment to look at that the guy’s sawbuck. Not a sawhorse. I’m […]

Happy New Year

Mon, 1 Jan 2024, 12:01 PM (-06:00)

And so with the business of 2023 being behind us, a morning sun rises on 2024.