Lockdown

After barricading my classroom door and windows, I looked down at my Hawaiian shirt and thought, ” of all days to possibly die, it had to be Tropical Shirt Tuesday.” Less than five minutes earlier, I had been walking back to class after a fire drill. Within that short period of time, I heard the…More

14 Billion Miles Away

Yesterday I read the Voyager 1 probe is currently over 14 billion miles away from the Earth – traveling over 38,000 miles per hour. Somewhere out there in infinite blackness he marches on silently and stubbornly proclaiming to the void “I am here! Someone made me!” – His maker? Out of range. His instruments? Dead.…More

On Paterson and Poems

As an English teacher, I am about to commit heresy: I don’t really care for poetry. “BLASPHEMY!” you shout – and I understand if you react that way. How could I, a high school English teacher, a man who adores Dead Poets Society, not care for poetry? I’m honestly not really sure. Maybe it was…More

Five ways to improve The Bachelor-verse

When it comes to entertainment tastes, my wife and I rarely see eye to eye. But, we have bonded over exactly two things – murder documentaries and trashy dating shows. Between three seasons of The Bachelorette (beginning with the unprecedented Claire/Tayshia double season), a season of Bachelor in Paradise, and now into our second season…More

Gifts

Earlier this week, I made a massive mistake on the dad/husband front: I accidentally threw away some of my son’s birthday gifts. I could offer up a litany of excuses, like how the cardboard boxes full of gifts were in the same place in the garage that we usually put the empty cardboard boxes that…More