Rates

Rates

Since I teach social studies, it happens from time to time that I can use current events as real life application for what we're doing in class. I actually wish it would happen a little more often, but for AP US History, we don't spend much time at all on recent events, and for AP [...]

Return to Sender

Return to Sender

As if getting hearing aids at 38, bifocals at 41, and having creaky knees wasn't enough, I got this in the mail yesterday. Really?!? I really don't want or need any help feeling older than I am, thank you very much. I also know that this probably wasn't actually for me. Many of those advertising [...]

Resolutions

Resolutions

One year when I was young (I don't remember how old...elementary age), I asked my mom what her New Year's resolution was. She said she didn't have one. This struck me as odd. I thought all grownups HAD to have resolutions. When I inquired further, she said something that has stuck with me since that [...]

Soul

Soul

One of the primary reasons I enjoy history is because it helps me to gain perspective. As bad as things may seem now, there is always the distinct possibility that someone, somewhere has been through this (or worse) before. Yet humanity moves forward. Possibly after taking a step or two back, but always forward. That [...]

Freedoms

Freedoms

As a teacher (and forever a student) of US History, one of my favorite presidents is Franklin Roosevelt. Whether or not one agrees with his policy actions, the thing that most impresses me when I read about Roosevelt is how in tune with the American people he was throughout his time in office. Sure he [...]

Hiatus

Hiatus

It seems I've taken an unexpected hiatus from my blog for a while...not that I expect many people noticed or cared. And that's fine by me. Sometimes we just need a break, even from things that we really enjoy doing. Writing here is as much therapy as anything else. A friend of mine asked me [...]

Movies

Movies

As soon as I was old enough to drive, I started going to the movies whenever I could. I still have all of the ticket stubs from the movies I watched my senior year in high school and my freshman year in college. I don't know why. I just do. When I got older, married, [...]