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When Karma Bites Back
A while back I blogged about the options the school district was considering for realigning schools. I expressed concerns about students in this neighborhood who didn't have transportation to a more distant high school. The district offers bus service, but if a student wants to participate in extracurricular activities or some tutoring plans, their family is responsible for transportation. People like me were told to suck it up. We'd have two great schoo...
11/19/2009 1:40:01 PM
Why should I stay engaged in my community?
Seriously. I'm trying to figure this out. Maybe I can't stand the heat. Perhaps I tire of of people hiding behind masks of anonymity questioning my motives. It could be that, above everything else, I tire of people trading heated accusations, castigating their neighbors for perceived prejudice, simply because they don't see eye-to-eye.

The latest kerfuffle: the school district's proposed boundary realignment plans. People all across the city are upset, but none are so divided as the peopl
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10/9/2009 7:00:37 AM
A couple of odds and ends

Yeah, I'm supposed to be doing the family thing, but this entry is marginally related to it.

We went to see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull yesterday. I won't spoil it, but I will say that I enjoyed it. There were bits that bothered me, but I'll take it over Temple of Doom any day. In the middle of the day while school is in session is definitely the time to go see a movie. Chris was probably one of the youngest people in the audience. No ring...


5/24/2008 11:50:50 AM
Article of Interest
Damn and blast! This article got eaten in the Great Database Glitch of '06.

The summary was:

Here's a good read for the weekend: Rabbi Marc Gellman's In Praise of the Menschadictorian

It was a cool article. The gist of it was that we should recognize the kids who get out in the world and do some good. It's not all about being at the top of the academic heap.

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5/21/2006 10:36:56 AM
Monday mumblings
It's Monday, it's still cold, and I feel the vague rumblings of the Winter Bug Truck. I've taken some OTC meds, but I have a feeling that it may be the equivalent of hearing the truck too late to completely jump out of the way. So perhaps I'll end up with a couple of metaphorical broken legs rather than being metaphorically crushed under the weight of the metaphorical truck. Have I used that word enough? I think so.

2/20/2006 7:07:00 AM

Monday mumblings
It's Monday, it's still cold, and I feel the vague rumblings of the Winter Bug Truck. I've taken some OTC meds, but I have a feeling that it may be the equivalent of hearing the truck too late to completely jump out of the way. So perhaps I'll end up with a couple of metaphorical broken legs rather than being metaphorically crushed under the weight of the metaphorical truck. Have I used that word enough? I think so.

2/20/2006 7:07:00 AM

Monday mumblings
Oh, sigh. I had this incredibly long entry that seems to have been eaten by the Internet gods. There is no such thing, but I do wonder on days like this.

Oh, it was mostly a morose rambling about the state of education. Read the new lead article in Newsweek and you'll see what's got me so depressed.

There. Most of the entry in a nutshell.

Except to say that it rained yesterday: The nice, soaking rain that is good for the grass and the foundation, but not nearly enough to...


1/23/2006 6:42:00 AM
Beating down the rumor mill
Yesterday afternoon my inbox contained a statement from our local school district refuting a rumor about banned clothing. Bill O'Reilly reported on Friday that "a school told students they couldn't wear red and green because they are Christmas colors."

Here we go again.

Last year it was...


12/13/2005 6:41:00 AM
Our state religion
In his novel Texas, James Michner postulated that if the state could sponsor a religion, then it would be football. Texas high schools live and die by the pigskin, and sometimes it seems that football wins out over the real needs of the students. Case in point: The "debacle" over the Class 4A state championship game between Highland Park and Marshall.

Don't get me wrong: I love football. I just have the brains (I hope) to keep it all in perspective.

Here's the story in a nuts...


12/10/2005 7:42:00 AM
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When Karma Bites Back
11/19/2009 1:40:01 PM

Why should I stay engaged in my community?
10/9/2009 7:00:37 AM

A couple of odds and ends
5/24/2008 11:50:50 AM

Article of Interest
5/21/2006 10:36:56 AM

Monday mumblings
2/20/2006 7:07:00 AM

Monday mumblings
2/20/2006 7:07:00 AM

Monday mumblings
1/23/2006 6:42:00 AM

Beating down the rumor mill
12/13/2005 6:41:00 AM

Our state religion
12/10/2005 7:42:00 AM

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