Month: January 2019

Snow Falling on Cedars


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


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?


“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


“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


“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…


“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


“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


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


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 […]