About Walt Williams

Walt Williams does not represent all teachers or coaches or husbands or fathers. He has opinions but they are his own. He started writing this blog years ago because he had something to say, he's not so sure anymore. He has never had an editor (not too surprising if you've read his stuff) and he is entering the final quarter of life wanting nothing more than future generations to be able to see and appreciate the miracle of being alive.

See and be seen

I see you.   When I roll across town twice a day on my trusty Schwinn Typhoon cruiser I have two rules, first is to wear the right clothing: balaclava, hoodie, mittens, down jacket, thick socks-no bad weather days just bad clothing choices. And second make eye contact, wave and [...]

By | January 29th, 2023|0 Comments

A very Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Sonoma peeps! And yes, I am still using that apparently-almost-cancelled phrase because Christmas magic will always be Christmas magic regardless of your religious beliefs or level of wokeness. So, long time no write. At least, long time no write this blog, no real reason, too busy, languishing, nothing [...]

By | December 25th, 2022|0 Comments

COVID 1, Me 0

We can only do what we can do.   I walked in to my classroom at 7:30 said good morning to the office manager and she immediately suggested a test.   “You’re not sounding so great Walt.” She said.   And it’s true, I’ve been fighting a sore throat since [...]

By | August 23rd, 2022|0 Comments

Camp di Rosa

Do what you love and you’ll never work another day in your life.   I mean, right? I’ve been telling students this for years but really, is it true? I love coaching and teaching which is why I’ve been doing it for 25 years but really, I honestly love Saturdays [...]

By | August 3rd, 2022|0 Comments

Impaling America

“But this old town just seems so hopeless. I ain't really sure, but it seems I remember the good times were just a little bit more in focus.” I always loved that Tom Petty could rhyme hopeless and focus. Miss you Tom. Maybe I’m just getting old, maybe things just kinda suck in the world right [...]

By | July 1st, 2022|0 Comments

No more

SEARCHING FOR JO JO   Did you see Steve Kerr’s pre-game speech before Tuesday’s playoff game? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPvf5RgCU08  Of course you did, I showed it three times in class Wednesday because it is three minutes of the most impactful and succinct evaluation of where we are since Bill Nye torched the [...]

By | May 28th, 2022|0 Comments


GP10 rules. And no, that’s not a misprint about my favorite fallen Golden State Warrior Gary Payton the second, it is the final grading period for Creekside High School where we break each semester into 5 periods. Grading Period 10 is the last five weeks of the year and while [...]

By | May 9th, 2022|0 Comments

Restore Justice

  By now, you’re probably team Rock or team Smith or team I-just-want-it-to-go-away, believing that the “Slap heard round the world” should be blamed on either a comic going too far or an actor in need of some serious anger management.   I, of course, turned the episode into classroom [...]

By | April 5th, 2022|0 Comments

Anxiety and U(kraine)

Do everything you can   8:00 Saturday morning, the first day of Spring Break and my anxiety is through the roof.   Not sure about you, but there are just too many things to be anxious about these days from COVID to War to tennis coaching to preparing the SONOMAWOOD [...]

By | March 22nd, 2022|0 Comments

Shared space

    Micro or macro, walking the Sonoma Developmental Center or understanding the world, it’s all about shared space.   Here’s a little quiz from my morning: You are walking your dog around the rez at the SDC, it’s your happy place and you walk it at least once a [...]

By | March 12th, 2022|0 Comments