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Alex Simmons’ Blackjack: A Quiet Coup

By Christopher Ryan and Alex Simmons There are only two cars on the street. One is running. A driver sits behind the wheel and another man is standing outside. They are talking. All around them the streets are deserted. All … Continue reading

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Talking to Pop, 14 years later

Sad to say, but Facebook reminded me of my father’s anniversary. Fourteen years ago today, my father passed on.  Seems like yesterday. And centuries ago.  I don’t really know what I would say to him today. But I do know … Continue reading

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Birthday wishes

   On my birthday, I wish for… You to find your center, the thing you are meant to do… You to know your song and sing it well… You to stand for what you know is right, based on a … Continue reading

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Favorite Joke, ever

I participated in the last of the holiday get-togethers this evening. Talk about holding on. And I was reminded of a great moment in my life. The moment involved my all-time favorite joke. What’s the joke? Not yet. The reason … Continue reading

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My “Best Blogs 2013” Series continued: I’ve become Polonius!

Continuing my year-end best blogs 2013 series, today we get personal. I wrote this when my twin sons were going off to college last August. Since then, one son converted from dorming to commuting and about a week later, found … Continue reading

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The Soft Knock of Manhood

There was a soft knock in the door at 5:30 this morning. A light tapping requesting admittance while not wanting to awake us abruptly as they returned from Project Graduation. There was a thoughtfulness to that knocking and that is … Continue reading

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After Eleven Years, Dad, What Can I Say?

Eleven years ago today, my father passed away. I’ve missed him every day since then. We didn’t always get along (hey, we’re Irish), but eventually that settled, especially after the kids were born. Once that happened, I called him just … Continue reading

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On Writing: Making it through The Monster of Daily Life

Where have I been? Away from my blog for too long, and I woke up wondering what could have kept me away. Life. By that I mean wife, sons, death of friends, work, grading papers, writing lesson plans, orienting to … Continue reading

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Hello world!

Teaching is like being a parent, parenting always involves teaching, and when you do both, the lines blur. This blog will explore issues in the classrooom, and at home that come up when I try to be fair but functional … Continue reading

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