Day 192 Civility

You wake up with that minor sore throat, the one you don’t worry about as it usually burns itself off after a cup of strong coffee. Could it be COVID? Naw, probably just the smoke, you check the air quality, 356 this morning, very hazardous.   Classes are cancelled so [...]

By | October 1st, 2020|0 Comments

Day 187 Gratitude

It’s recommendation season and you should sit down right now, carve out 30 minutes from your busy day of deflecting fake news and worrying about well, everything, and write one.   “But why Walt? I don’t work with any student applying for colleges.” You may ask.   Well, two reasons, [...]

By | September 25th, 2020|0 Comments

Day 177 Anxiety

Are you feeling it every day? Of course, you are, no matter how old or how rich or how devoted or how strong, you are anxious, I am anxious, we are all anxious.   This came in my inbox yesterday from Delaney Rustin MD, the creator of Screenagers, “Focusing on [...]

By | September 15th, 2020|0 Comments

Day 165 We the people

We the people of the United States,   All the people, all the colors, all the genders, all the political ideations.    in order to form a more perfect Union,   I’m a little pissed that I have to teach to an empty classroom, that my students are sitting behind [...]

By | September 3rd, 2020|1 Comment

Day 157 California Educator

I am a California Educator.   The morning tech fear is slowly subsiding. My principal just spent 10 minutes getting my Google Calendar synched with the other teacher’s calendars. It was an easy fix for her but something I had been trying to do for three days. Teachers, like parents, [...]

By | August 26th, 2020|0 Comments

Day 147 Instill a love of learning

It’s Monday the day after the “film festival”. Usually I spend the morning by myself wrestling SONOMAWOOD from its spot on the horseshoe to its resting place next to my art room. Usually this happens in March. Usually is no longer. Students help build and install the 10-foot letters but [...]

By | August 17th, 2020|0 Comments

Day 139 Rocky

It’s time.   Remember Rocky? Not the 1.6 billion dollar franchise or the later career of Sly Stallone who I heard is coming out with a new movie this fall where he fights a powerful white supremacist leader who is secretly planning to take over the world with Russia’s help. [...]

By | August 8th, 2020|0 Comments

Day 128 Jack of Hearts

    My favorite place is on the bottom of pile seven. No real reason except that usually when human gets to the bottom of pile seven he is about to win the game. I guess I like to matter, I mean, I could jump out quickly, first pile, first [...]

By | July 28th, 2020|0 Comments


    Well, this is not getting much better. I just spent Sunday waiting for the little alien to burst from my stomach just like in the movie. Could have been stress or the bad decision to lead a wine tour on Saturday or something I ate or COVID exposure [...]

By | July 27th, 2020|0 Comments

Day 112 School

Gavin Newsom Tony Thurmond Dr. Sundari Mase   Dear California Leaders,   We simply cannot open schools right now. Just read the SVUSD and Santa Rosa plans for returning to the classroom and I see no way to create “a low risk environment for students and staff” (the #1 essential [...]

By | July 12th, 2020|0 Comments