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Educate, Organize, Rescue

We all know Dwayne. My students know him as that guy at the Boys and Girls club with the thumb (an injury took off part of his thumb), my son went to a Harlem Globetrotters game with him (no reports of “lewd acts”), and he was that kinda curmudgeonly guy [...]

By | September 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Peacocking for Change – Today I Wear My Hater Pants

My new salmon colored Banana Republic khakis are sure to cause a reaction, which is my intention. It’s Friday and I’m rocking the hater pants. My new salmon colored Banana Republic khakis are sure to cause a reaction, which is my intention. I’m a peacock by nature but [...]

By | September 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Whine tour weekend – when a teacher needs extra cash

Walt on a w(h)ine tour Somewhere around the Di Rosa Preserve I stop screaming and swearing into the vineyards. My weekend of wine touring is done; guests are all back at their hotels, yet I can’t serenity prayer the Texans out of my mind. $440. Charge for the [...]

By | September 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Fentanyl – the opioid that killed Prince – is here too

Today, I am taking the first ten minutes of each of my classes to talk about drug brain and the newest evil: Fentanyl. Our unit on Neurobiology has taught us that we build pathways in our brains all the time through repeated behavior (Cue the background music, Macklemore’s 10,000 hours). [...]

By | August 29th, 2016|0 Comments

What my Sonoma students can learn from Dr Seuss and Jo-Jo

Remember Jo-Jo? He is the little Who down in Whoville that finally enabled Horton to hear the Whos, saving them from boiling in Beezle-nut oil. I talk about Jo-Jo often, encouraging students to be the voice that is finally heard, that sparks the change. We need more Jo-Jos, and more [...]

By | August 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Week one in school: Change is good, we hate change

Woke up Friday morning with one less member of the family in the house. 18 years of, “Good morning Sofia.” And now she is waking up 150 miles away in her little room in Shasta Hall at Chico State next to a stranger named Kaitlyn. Rough, but also awesome. The [...]

By | August 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Note to teachers: Plan hard and teach well

August 5 and I’m headed to Brad Gilbert’s tennis shop in San Rafael. This is my process, think a thought, make a plan, execute, sometimes fail, sometimes succeed, and learn from the journey. Repeat. Brad taught me to play ping-pong. 41 short years ago, I was 10 and dad had [...]

By | August 5th, 2016|0 Comments

“Stalking” the ex on Facebook – a good idea or not?

Innocuous is how it starts out. A simple idea caused by a situation that leads to an eventual shitstorm of problems. Fall of your 49th year, daughter in that pivotal 16th year when life starts becoming her own and she realizes she can soon go in any direction she chooses. [...]

By | August 5th, 2016|0 Comments

The world is big and you are small – to my daughter on her 18th birthday

Big ups to you, my princess. 18 years ago you came into this world, a DNA hybrid of your mother (analytical, right brain, organized, responsible) and me (rebellious, left brained, disorganized, irresponsible). We blinked and now we are here, celebrating your transition from reliance to independence. Are you ready? Yes [...]

By | July 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Surf Camp Sonoma – Better Than Pokemon Go?

  While the comedic leafblower debate rages into its twenty-third year,  and all of Sonoma surrenders their personal information so they can catch a Nidorian, a group of select students are in the Sonoma Museum experiencing camp Wabi Sabi. In the writing studio on Monday, students began by thinking about [...]

By | July 15th, 2016|0 Comments