The Story of James Earl Jones Finding His Voice

I have not posted for awhile, not for a lack of topics, actually the opposite. My blog folder is over flowing with ideas to share. But the past week has been a long and difficult one and so I thought I would share an uplifting story to remind us all to keep moving forward, regardless…

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To be Rich without Money

In a March 2015 Smithsonian magazine article titled, Grand Canyon on the Edge, the author, David Roberts, explores the conflict of commercial development on the Navajo Reservation near the Grand Canyon. As one begins to read it is apparent that the story being told is a familiar one. Mainstream America designates which parcel of land…

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It Takes Generations…

Every time Martin Luther King Jr. day rolls around teachers ask their students and political pundits ask society a basic question, have we realized King’s dream? In the past year society has provided numerous examples of America circa 2015 falling way short of the lofty goals eloquently expressed by Dr. King. The sheer volume of white police brutality exacted…

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The Hero We Need

It is a simple phrase, “I’m just here so I won’t get fined,” that the Seattle Seahawks star running back Marshawn Lynch uttered 29 times in response to every reporter question during his five minutes on the podium for Super Bowl Media day. But it was a phrase that provoked in me a visceral reaction. Here is a player…

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A Dream that Calls us to Act

Have you ever sat in a public space and found yourself teary eyed given the emotional gravity of what you were witnessing? On January 15th 2015 I took my 11th grade American History students to see Selma, a recent blockbuster film that analyzes Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1964 campaign for voter’s rights in Selma, Alabama. Martin Luther King…

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Fifty-five year Journey to Civility

I am often far less upset when our government, regardless of party leadership, throws itself into a bold endeavor. Even when I disagree with said endeavor, because it or some later iteration has the potential to dramatically improve quality of life. An example that comes to mind is the bold move to legalize the practice of abortion, which was…

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Is Active Citizenship the Lowest Common Denominator?

This past week I had the pleasurable experience of having my lesson plan reach an unforeseen conclusion.  It was student’s thoughts and perceptions that led our class to look beyond the hallmarks of an effective government and begin to contemplate obstacles to governance. The list was full of systemic and long-standing problems, the sort that makes a citizen quickly feel powerless…

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It Has Been A While Friends

This blog has been silent for a little over six months, for that I apologize. My absence from this space can be attributed to writing my Master’s thesis, securing a new teaching assignment, and moving across the country, more on the latter in a soon to be written blog post. Many readers of this space are aware that…

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Innovation All Around Us: Using Gold to Fight Cancer

Innovation is an essential component of any society or community that seeks to avoid the trappings of conformity.  To that end, here is the most recent post in the occasional series titled “Innovation All Around Us”. Using Gold to Fight Cancer Gold’s existence has been recorded in multiple cultures for well over 2000 years.  Throughout the rise of mankind this…

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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

My dear friend Eric once told me that he celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. day each year by listening to King’s “I Have A Dream Speech”.  I thought this was a great idea and decided to do the same and encouraged my high school students to do so as well.  This year as MLK day approached I was listening to…

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