remembering Maggie

There’s a lot going on these days: pandemics and earthquakes and societal collapse and generalized widespread anxiety. Also, online homeschool. But there’s been this other dark cloud in our home for over a month, and I realized a while ago that I wasn’t making progress on any other writing because I really needed to write about my dog.

It’s hard to write and re-write something that you know you’ll never get right.

perspective

Setting foot in remote terrain is an act of reformation for me. Before I leave I don’t see how I can make things better, but being out gives me perspective, a focus on direction. And…

readied for disaster

I’m giving this speech at a ceremony today for some college grads, honor society initiates. I think it’s mostly done, which is good because it starts in an hour. * * * I’m delighted and…

perfection and mistakes

Later today, the band gets to record in a basement studio in an old historic building, grand staircases and marble floors leading to a retrofitted basement space. We did a mic check—literally to check on…

dumb question

We say there’s no such thing as a “dumb question.” But I know we all know we know better. Maybe. I was with a few hundred students on Friday, chaperoning a field trip for a…

study guides

Brad, a friend and teaching mentor of mine, recently posted about how his online astronomy students’ teaching evaluations complain that they don’t receive study guides to prepare for exams. He wondered out loud (well, on…

college bound and simple truth

Yes, perhaps it’s true that this is all good indication that we’ve “done an amazing job” and “this is what she’s meant to do” and, maybe even we’ve “been preparing for this moment” though I…

the kids are alright

I think that Karyn and I both thought we’d cry a lot more during the graduation ceremony. This is what we’d braced ourselves for, after all, basically just streaming tears through the whole ceremony. I…