Arm Teachers? – An Educator Speaks Out

A Little Background Setup I spent my professional life as an educator and an education consultant in public, private, parochial, military and embassy schools around the USA and the world. I would like to believe that I touched the lives of many, many people in positive ways that empowered them. I worked in public schools that diligently served immensely challenged… Continue reading

Uniquely Positioned to Shed Some Light

Introduction In the last few weeks I have seen one too many Facebook posts (typically linking to desperate articles) from my Pensacola Christian School classmates of yore clumsily trying to justify Donald Trump as the “moral choice” in this election. That absurdity is what prompted me to write this post. Those of us who grew up in the fundamentalist movement… Continue reading

Heart Warming

Yesterday I listened to a presenter at Emory who reminded me of something I read years ago when he said it, “The opposite of love isn’t hate. It’s fear.” We live in such fearful times. And I don’t think all fear is unhealthy at all. But this free hugs movement, started by Juan Mann a few years back, points us… Continue reading

Where Did America Actually Go?

  We live in an interesting time, a time where imaginary images, pixels of light that dance on the screen but for a moment accompanied by surround sound have actually replaced the real thing. Marshal was right: the medium today is absolutely the message. Our images are simply hollow, empty icons that stand in for a vacuous reality that only… Continue reading

It’s Not Really About Obama

The puppeteers of the wacko, extremist conservatives that get trotted out in the media every time they want to brainwash Americans don’t really fear Obama. They fear education. They fear enlightenment. They fear a citizenry that is more difficult to manipulate for profiteering because, well… they think critically. Yes, their favorite word is “fear!” It’s what they do best. Image… Continue reading

Fear

Tonight the weather was really nice; so, I had my windows down and the sunroof open as I enjoyed the cooler dry night air coming into the car as I drove home from dinner–almost piddling down the road in no hurry at all.  Unexpectedly I came upon an eerie scene. The small number of cars in front of me began… Continue reading