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

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

Pencil Shops, Convenience, and Holiness

Earlier this week, Caroline Weaver, the founder of CW Pencil Enterprise in Manhattan, announced that the shop would be closing its doors by the end of the year. If you’ve spent any time in the online stationery world, CW Pencils has been one of its pillars, devoted almost entirely to pencils and everything related to them. Many…More

This is the number one reason you need to keep a journal

Every once in a while I’ll go back through my old journals, specifically my journals from the last 4 + years (this is also out of convenience – I can’t seem to find my older ones). This is a sometimes entertaining, but often terrifying experience. Why? Because there are times where I read the things…More

O Holy… Monday?

My wife anticipates the Christmas season the same way I anticipate the start of the Premier League. Once Halloween has passed, she’s full steam ahead on the Polar Express (my near dozen trips from the attic to bring down her Christmas decorations are proof of this), and nothing stops that train until at least January…More