Monthly Archives: March 2013

Poker Chips in the Classroom

One of the rewarding things about teaching is positively impacting young peoples’ lives.  I have written about Pat Murphy, one of the teachers who had a positive impact on me.  Other than letting them know, all we can do is pay … Continue reading

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Orwell on why domination of other human beings makes one a tyrant

The passage is from George Orwell’s short story “Shooting an Elephant” (1936): They were watching me as they would watch a conjurer about to perform a trick. They did not like me, but with the magical rifle in my hands … Continue reading

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John Brown’s Final Speech, December, 1859

John Brown, American abolitionist, who, after failing to persuade Frederick Douglass to accompany him on his raid of a federal armory in Harpers Ferry, VA, undertook the raid, but was captured by Colonel Robert E. Lee. A few months later … Continue reading

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New York City: Where Great Films are Shot

Over the weekend I watched Taxi Driver for the first time since the mid-1980s.  I was amazed how much of the plot I had forgotten, to say nothing of the actors in the film.  I had not forgotten, however, how … Continue reading

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