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You are not Donald Trump: Put on our big boy pants and move forward.

We can learn a lot from my son Tuck. Wednesday was not only the darkest day in American politics for many of us but also the final day of tryouts for Sonoma Valley High’s basketball team. My 16 year-old sophomore had been pushing hard to make the Junior Varsity team, [...]

By | November 14th, 2016|1 Comment

Elections 2016 – wish life was as easy as an SNL skit

Us vs. Them Trump vs. Clinton Republicans vs. Democrats Blacks vs. Whites Mexico vs. America Capitalism vs. Socialism Koch vs. Gates Teachers vs. Students Fossil Fuels vs. Renewables I could go on, but you get the point. Hopefully. Great final presidential skit on SNL this week. Both candidates break the [...]

By | November 7th, 2016|1 Comment

CA Elections 2016: A Liberal California High School Teacher’s View of the CA Propositions

Remember to vote my friends.   Heavy stuff this election. Literally, the information guide is 223 pages, not quite Restoration Hardware Catalog level but close. Better get started: I go right to the “Quick Reference Guide” only to discover that of the 17 propositions I am familiar with [...]

By | October 24th, 2016|1 Comment

Why my local students pick trash every week

By Walt Williams and the students of Creekside High School Social Responsibility Class. What do seven plastic bottles, a pair of underwear, a plastic ring, an empty bottle of Stoli vodka, many empty chip bags, lunch trays and ketchup packets, a candy blood bag (yes, this is a thing), two [...]

By | October 17th, 2016|1 Comment

Just Because

  There might be a point on the evening of October 29 at the yoga retreat facility Pachamama in Todos Santos Mexico when Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life” will scream into the warm night and your new Patagonia board shorts will drop to the floor as you strip naked and [...]

By | October 10th, 2016|2 Comments

One Thing We (Maybe) Can Learn From Trump: “Own It”

“Once you have arrived, act as though it’s your winery.” This is one of the many pseudo-gems of wine wisdom I begin my tours with, “You own this place, you are the most important person at the facility and you are going to act and be treated like you own [...]

By | October 10th, 2016|1 Comment

When your teacher dresses up as Benjamin Franklin

  When your teacher dresses up as Benjamin Franklin As we established previously, I like to dress up. Whether it’s as Derek Zoolander for a friend’s fashion show  or Nacho Libre for the opening weekend of Sunset magazine’s move to Cornerstone I have no shame, plus the more [...]

By | October 1st, 2016|1 Comment

Bad people prey on the vulnerable

  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 [...]

By | September 21st, 2016|1 Comment

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|12 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|2 Comments