Year: 2019

Snow Falling on Cedars

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The first snowfall of 2019 arrived today in Baltimore. The magic of snow has been with me since childhood. I have fond memories of mixing clean snow with orange juice and slurping it down and making little snow angels with […]

The O. Henry Prize Stories

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Every year Anchor Books publishes a collection of short stories honoring O. Henry. The 2018 edition did not disappoint and I highly recommend it. O. Henry’s given name was William Sidney Porter. He was born in Greensboro, North Carolina in […]

What is Education?

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“Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats Yeats’ definition of education is a useful model. Some believe that the learning process is really a piling on of more and […]

Weights and Measures

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“A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.” – Plato The Greek philosopher, Plato, emphasizes the importance of making sound decisions. So what kind of decision would Plato identify as “sound?” Well, he appears to be downplaying […]

A Passion for Growth

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“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo Learning is the process by which our passions come to fruition, both inside and outside of the classroom. Thus, we find our […]

Fiction versus Truth…

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“There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth.” – C.H. Spurgeon Fiction encapsulates truths.  In doing so, it makes the truth about the world around us more appealing because the truths are revealed as the story […]

The Original Bruce Lee

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“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness and truth.” – Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace You might recall a similar quote from Bruce Lee which I posted last year. Bruce Lee said, “Simplicity is brilliance.” I agree with […]

The Christmas Season

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Today marks the twelfth and final day of the Christmas season. At Thursday’s Taizé service we were asked to contemplate what the season of Christmas meant to us. I do not find it unusual that the Christmas season precludes our […]

The Writer’s Group

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Today marked the first meeting of my writing group, Pen to Paper, in the new year. I came to learn about this group through my coursework and retreats with the Johns Hopkins Odyssey Program. Why do writers, normally a solitary […]