Day 356 COVID Report Card

    I’m not a huge fan of data or report cards. When UC Santa Cruz bagged traditional grades and went with teacher evaluations, I applauded. When they went back to grades in 2001, I understood the reasons but it’s kind of like America adopting the metric system. A better [...]

By | March 12th, 2021|0 Comments

Day 352 Pandemic Golf

Pandemic golf is not like regular golf (no bunkers because you can’t rake the sand traps, masks and social distancing, no sharing clubs or balls or scorecards). But luckily, it’s also a lot like regular golf. Fun, healthy, relaxing, just what we need right about now.   I rush from [...]

By | March 8th, 2021|0 Comments

Day 339 Ambiguous Loss

I am the solution.   Yeah, I said it out loud and it’s time you started saying it too. Be the solution, get all Chevy Chase from Caddyshack, “Be the ball Danny, see the ball…” what do you want, it’s golf season in the year of Koyannisqatsi.   Ambiguous Loss [...]

By | February 26th, 2021|0 Comments

Day 322 Dear Governor

Gav-o,   It’s the second week of February and I need your help. First to get back in the classroom or on the playing field I and my fellow coaches and teachers need vaccinations now, like pick up the Bat phone and call Sonoma Hospital today and tell them you [...]

By | February 9th, 2021|0 Comments

Day 310 Dance

      Disco baby.   It’s time, cause no one can be sad listening to the Ohio Players sing “Love Rollercoaster” while performing those sweet dance moves learned at Charlie Tuna’s Sunday night teen night circa 1979. Plus, the moves have now evolved through The Clash, Grateful Dead, and [...]

By | January 27th, 2021|0 Comments

Day 296 70 million questions

Change is tough, evolution is tough. We crave comfort and symmetry, knowing that things will be as we want them to be, as our parents said they would be.   Education is a great example. The pandemic has made us question how to reset the playing field. Do grades matter? [...]

By | January 13th, 2021|0 Comments

Day 294 RIP Bob

There's never an easy way to pay tribute to someone who passes way before their time. Ethan Cohen wrote this yesterday, much more powerful than I could ever write: Sophomore year of high school, Mr. Midgley was my football coach. I was a 15 year old drunk idiot who thought [...]

By | January 11th, 2021|1 Comment

Day 290 NOW!

Koyaansiqatsi   From December 2, 2016 “Donald Trump is a flaming shit bag. No, not because of the reasons you’re thinking (I can hear my editor now, “Sure, Walt, good luck trying to write your way out of calling the president a flaming shit bag.”) but because he is a [...]

By | January 7th, 2021|0 Comments

Day 282 Love

    Not a big fan of end of the year writing. I tried to do a Christmas letter once and did more offending than impressing. Thought about an end of the year wrap up but why? Especially this year which will be remembered as the “Year we are most [...]

By | December 30th, 2020|0 Comments

Day 276 C work

  Overall, about a C, maybe C-. Thursday my pathological optimism was gone and the students knew it.   “You doing OK Mr. Williams”   This message was in the Chatbot during Advisory, typed from a student I had really not connected with during the semester. In 25 years of [...]

By | December 23rd, 2020|0 Comments