House Republicans Demonstrate the Dangers of Not Learning from Great Literature

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Sir Winston Churchill (paraphrasing a similiar earlier quote by George Santayana). I am biased, because I am a literature teacher, but I would make a similar statement about studying literature. Those who don’t learn the great lessons from great literature at least open … More House Republicans Demonstrate the Dangers of Not Learning from Great Literature

An Educator’s Personal Perspective on the Big Divide

Recently I wrote a post about my concerns about the current election process and how I found inspiration to counter my fears and doubts with hope (click here to read that post). One of my long-time readers and faithful commenters left a great comment that made me think about things a little deeper, and so … More An Educator’s Personal Perspective on the Big Divide

Inspiration About Hope from Three Heroes and Three Neighbors I Don’t Know

There isn’t much about this current election, at least to me, that inspires hope. I’ve always been someone who considered Voting Day to be a celebration, knowing that voting is a gift and a privilege that is denied to so many people around the world. I vote in every election, even the primaries and the … More Inspiration About Hope from Three Heroes and Three Neighbors I Don’t Know

Finally, the Jan 6 Diogenes Found His Honest Man. Turns Out It’s a Millenial Woman from New Jersey

If you remember from your school days, Diogenes was an ancient Greek philosopher who was said to have carried a lamp around, “searching for an honest man.” To me, that resembles the work of the Congressional January 6 Investigation Committee. They are examining an assault on the US Capitol that was broadcast live in real … More Finally, the Jan 6 Diogenes Found His Honest Man. Turns Out It’s a Millenial Woman from New Jersey

July 23, 2022: It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times

As I read the news this morning about yesterday’s events at the US Capitol, the literature teacher in me could not help but recall the famous opening passage to Charles Dicken’s classic novel, A Tale of Two Cities: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of … More July 23, 2022: It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times

Heroes

As I write this post this morning, my heart is heavy, knowing the beautiful city show above, Kyiv (often also Westernized as Kiev), is under attack by Russian troops seeking to take over the country. There have been explosions and fighting and already hundreds of deaths and casualities, many if not most of them among … More Heroes