The Friday Distraction 4.30.10: Hunter S. Thompson at the Derby

–for Suzanna and Taylor on their return to the still very Deep South. It’s the first weekend in May, Kentucky Derby Weekend, a time in which we Southerners get to revisit all the demons, glories and eccentricities of the weirdness that is the bottom right quarter of the country.  And nobody ever covered weirdness better… Read More The Friday Distraction 4.30.10: Hunter S. Thompson at the Derby

Principals Shuffling Off To Mongolia And Other Locales

I think I speak for many Albuquerque Public Schools teachers when I say, in response to yesterday’s announcement of a fairly wide-spread principal reshuffle, “Oh“.  I have both zero true insights, and a bunch of uninformed gut reactions.  These insight-free observations include: (looks down list of principals affected;  doesn’t see his school on list)  Oh,… Read More Principals Shuffling Off To Mongolia And Other Locales

The Friday Distraction 4.23.10: Double Shot of Clarinet Love

Your allergy-cold-flu-death rattled blogger doesn’t feel much like dancing a hora this morning, but he’s always been a big fan of both klezmer and the nexus of that folk form with the jazz thing.  Clarinetist Anat Cohen explores that and other global influences, and I find myself unable to stop smiling while listening to her… Read More The Friday Distraction 4.23.10: Double Shot of Clarinet Love

The Blogger Is Not Well

There a growing understanding of the “Autism Spectrum”, but the “Allergy Spectrum” is less well understood and known. I don’t mean to demean the importance of the “Autism Spectrum” by comparing it to allergies, but your humble blogger has allergies today that equate on the Autism Spectrum with that small, small percentage of autism folks… Read More The Blogger Is Not Well

A Joyously Reassuring Start To the End of a Horribly Despairing Year

Teachers are like farmers.  We have crops, bugs and weather.  This year the crops have been fine, but the bugs and weather have been some of the worst in my teaching memory.  At times it’s been hard to even consider the crops, what with all the locusts and hailstorms. But harvest is just about here,… Read More A Joyously Reassuring Start To the End of a Horribly Despairing Year