Blog

I Tried to Be Good [Updated]

But, when I saw this a couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t resist. I snapped this photo knowing I would post it to my blog for everyone to enjoy. It makes a number of statements. Update In response to Janice’s comment below, I am including the animated toilet bowl plunger in this post since the Trump campaign deleted their original… Continue reading

The Childhood Challenges of Growing Up

A photo of the very Noid the student gave me. Regrettably, the fuse fell off the bomb years ago. One day, while I was teaching a middle school music class, a student began playing with a small plastic toy on his desk, a Dominos Pizza Noid1. One was not allowed to do such in my class. This interaction between the… Continue reading

I Hope You Say “Yes”

Classroom Management1 After reconnecting with a former student yesterday, I began thinking back on my last years as a classroom teacher. I recall several other amazing students, and wonder what has become of them. I especially recall one guy, Andy, a sixth grader. All of the teachers who taught him (and I mean they all chimed in) said he was… Continue reading

Memories from an Educator (Part 1)

Yesterday I unexpectedly reconnected (on Facebook) with a student, a working musician now for 20 years, from my last year as a music teacher over 25 years ago. He messaged me out of the blue: “Hello, were you a middle school chorus teacher in Georgia?” I replied: “Well, yes. But I’m thinking that was about 245 years ago now.” The… Continue reading

Roots Run Deep

I grew up in the South, no, in the Deeeeeep South. I was born and raised in the panhandle of Florida, or lower Alabama, as it is still often called. “My people” lived in the Deep South, literally for generations. Everyone, for generations back, spoke with a profoundly deep southern drawl. They knew nothing else. I was to turn out… Continue reading

Never Tell Steve…

When we travel to a new city, we just walk, walk, walk. We walk everywhere. Such was the case when we arrived in Dublin, Ireland. Ah! I loved Ireland! Our walkabout took us unexpectedly to the campus of Trinity College which was established in 1592. These are just two of the photos I shot while we were briefly on the… Continue reading

San Fransisco Apartment

I have finally returned to Atlanta after visiting our apartment in San Fransisco for almost 2 months. I’m astonished at the heat and humidity of Atlanta, even though I have previously experienced it for years and years. Somehow, after spending weeks in temperatures ranging from the low 50’s to the occasional very low 70’s with delightfully low humidity, the Atlanta… Continue reading

Farber Art Installation

I went out and shot several photos of the San Fransisco street cars, had them printed as C prints at Dickerman Prints1. They were mounted  (aluminum back with plexiglass front) by General Graphics. I hate hanging things on the wall. I measure a dozen times and still end up with things not perfectly aligned. Plus, I didn’t want to get… Continue reading

Connecting the Dots

My grandfather had a wonderful, old, southern expression, “You could have knocked me over with a feather.” Richly descriptive, he used that twist of phrase to describe those moments when he was flabbergasted by the incredulous. I have to admit that, as I get to an age when I feel as though I should be able to say, “I’ve seen… Continue reading