Homeostasis is back!

  To the driver of the red Honda who was opening her door this morning in front of the Monday Bakery on Napa Street, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to scare you as I rode by but I wasn’t paying my normal amount of necessary-bike-riding-attention and I nearly ran into [...]

By | January 30th, 2024|0 Comments

Don’t let the dumb win

  It’s time to put a fork in 2023, learn from the bad, plan for the good, and welcome 2024 with open arms and an optimistic mind. Because, well, that’s all one can do especially when the world is facing two wars, lots of hate, dysfunctional systems (Government, Education, Politics) [...]

By | December 29th, 2023|0 Comments

Languishing to Armageddon

  Could be the after-Thanksgiving-pre-Christmas-post-COVID-languishing, could be the changing weather, could be the addictions (phones, pot, hate), and it could be that my students have finally hit the point where they truly don’t care. This is always a secret fear of mine, kinda like when we hit the point of [...]

By | December 6th, 2023|0 Comments

Education is

Lots of press around teaching and learning these days. So, before anyone asks me (nobody ever asks me but that hasn’t stopped me in 221 blogs), I thought I’d give you the real story. Ready, here it is, education is in crisis because kids are in crisis because their parents [...]

By | November 4th, 2023|0 Comments

Just another day in paradise

Tuesday rules.   The other side to last week’s blog about trickle down tyranny is that we are not in the Middle East or Ukraine. Sure, their pain is our pain and we will do all we can to stop the killing of innocent people but life goes on and [...]

By | October 24th, 2023|0 Comments

Trickle down tyranny

Trickle down tyranny.   Are you fighting with your friends/neighbors/colleagues/wife/husband/teachers/bosses or just about anyone you come in contact with who doesn’t agree with your way of thinking?   Are you tired of seeing destroyed buildings and humans in pain due to bad people fighting or natural disasters which we seem [...]

By | October 13th, 2023|0 Comments

Small goals

“The Herculean work you do with kids.”   Yeah, yeah, Herculean is definitely a stretch, but this line which came in an email from a friend/professional contact who knows my work, has kept me going for weeks.   It’s all about the little victories. We are sitting in the shade [...]

By | September 25th, 2023|0 Comments

Slow the burn man

Burning man is the world.   I mean, think about it, a fun idea to bring people together, celebrate and promote worthwhile causes grows from a few people to 70,000 people then nature decides to turn a dry lakebed into a mud pit and suddenly people realize that burning might [...]

By | September 7th, 2023|0 Comments

Taylor Swift for President

I’m wondering how Taylor Swift can change the world.   It’s Saturday night and I lucked into a seat in row six, section 116 at Levis Stadium. There is only one word to describe what is going on all around and that is spectacle. Like, the foursome of 12-year-olds who [...]

By | August 18th, 2023|0 Comments

Art is the way

Hey teachers! In the spirit of building bridges, I wanted to pass on a list of local arts programs, contact info and prices for your classroom:   Sonoma Community Center: Ceramics, Culinary, Drawing/Painting, Fiber Arts, Performing Arts, Printmaking   Contact: Lexi Baker, youth program director (707) 938-4626 x 826 lexi@sonomacommunitycenter.org [...]

By | August 12th, 2023|0 Comments