I’m out of business cards so the kids and I are going by my classroom before we head to Menlo Park, I’ll need plenty of cards because in my mind I will be sitting down with Mark Zuckerberg and his cronies, pitching my new educational environment which he will [...]

By | December 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Fighting the right power

Wash the van.   There are three SVHS sports vans, which live beside the tech department and get very dirty because washing them is no one’s direct responsibility. I could complain and blog and tweet and worry about who will wash these vans or I can spend all of 20 [...]

By | November 19th, 2019|1 Comment

No Flo, No Bob Ross, No Paris Accord

California is not a third world country.   This is what I was thinking as I headed to Safeway for a 20 pound bag of ice which I used to cool my fridge when the power was out for 5 days (Didn’t work, lost everything). Next I headed to Chevron [...]

By | November 4th, 2019|0 Comments

No power to the people

The computer is at 20% and I forgot the charging cord at the house in Boyes where the power has been out since 9:00 Saturday. We do dumb stuff when we’re stressed. Lack of sleep, fear, eating questionable food out of the non-working fridge. It all makes for a giant [...]

By | October 29th, 2019|4 Comments

Love conquers all

    There are powerful moments in the life of a teacher; last Friday was one of them…   "Who gives this bride to be married today?"   I was nervous as hell. A favorite ex-student had asked me six months ago if I would marry he and his girlfriend, [...]

By | October 15th, 2019|1 Comment

Greta Thunberg is watching you

Sam and I were combing through Maxwell Park when the text came through. Mary had been found after wandering into private property and falling into a ditch, she was dehydrated but OK.   It was Sunday, my one day off after a stellar wine tour on Saturday, and my wife [...]

By | October 1st, 2019|0 Comments

Putting the lid back on the sewer

It’s a super hot Tuesday afternoon and I’m racing around Chardonnay golf course like my golf cart is one of those little Go-Karts from Scandia Raceway. I’m giddy, like a weight has been lifted, not because of the stellar performance of my girl’s golf team but because of the text [...]

By | September 26th, 2019|0 Comments

A most awesome district

      Usually I write funny little stories about how to prepare better for the school year: http://valleytalking.blogs.sonomanews.com/2018/08/04/change-growth-hopefully/but this year we’re a couple of weeks in and already I’m in desperate need of a recalibration of my personal homeostasis.   Am I getting old? Yes. Have I taken on [...]

By | September 3rd, 2019|0 Comments


There are Monday mornings when you just have to hit, “New Blank Word Document” and start fresh. Throw out all that old cynicism and hate and retool the philosophy cause THIS AIN’T WORKING! We are numb. Suffering from an American entitlement that says that if we work hard and do [...]

By | August 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Living the Big Life

It’s SVMA camp time and I’m rethinking the triptych Nick Brandt SONOMAWOOD recycling project. It’s three one foot square panels of luan plywood cut from last year’s letters of the SONOMAWOOD sign and hinged together. Students paint a local habitat with one of the many local endangered species. The kids [...]

By | July 24th, 2019|0 Comments