Archive for September, 2012


Since mid-October I’ve been learning Spanish, mostly while I drive my car. I’m using the Pimsleur Method, of which I highly approve. I can now speak Spanish far better than I could after taking three quarters at Emory. I can speak, but not read or write it very well. That’ll come later. They don’t want me […]

Dining in Hollywood: Part 1

“I was watching this show about the one hundred greatest football players of all time, and there was this jazz musician from New Orleans who introduced Barry Sanders. I forget his name. He was saying that watching Barry Sanders play football was like watching art in motion. It didn’t matter which way he was going; […]

I Don’t Know Sh*t About Education

Ryan’s repost of my old blog entry gave me cause to reread it for the first time since April 2011. I closed the post by pledging to be a good teacher. I’m now into my second year as a special education teacher and it’s as good a time as any to look back and reflect […]

Hotter Than A Hoochie Coochie

We made our first mistake yesterday, Grace and I realized in the checkout line at Wal-Mart. Our sunscreen, inner tubes, and lifejackets beeped and passed into bags, but we relinquished our PBR tallboys to the imposing woman in the blue apron. For just a second, I considered trying to pay her off. We knew a […]

De Snuffelaer

I’d like you all to meet Otto Marseus van Schrieck. A painter of the Dutch Golden Age and member of the Bentvueghels, van Schrieck was known for his detailed naturalistic studies of weird plants and creepy animals. It is said that van Schrieck kept a plot of land outside of Amsterdam stocked with a small menagerie […]

The Lost Boys and the Last Days off Wiffleball

Boys come to my house in the middle of the night. I call them boys. They’re in their mid-twenties. They were boys when I met them, and boys they remain. They come in my bedroom at 2:00 A.M. exhorting Da to get up and play with them. Sometimes I do when I don’t need to […]

Is Latin America Really Cheaper than the U.S.?

Every now and then, people ask me if Latin America is really all that much cheaper than living in the States. Or friends make comments about how I must be able to live like a king when I´m in Latin America. This is something I have briefly discussed in a previous post – Why I Like […]

How School Reform Changed the Good Teachers

I want you to think back on your high school experiences. Try to remember the good teachers. The teachers who didn’t just teach you but inspired you or gave you perspective or honed your skills. Recall which lessons you remember well and which ones you don’t (I, for example, completely forgot that I had read […]