Tag Archives: personal essay

Reflecting on Columbus Day, Again (2013)

What is it about Columbus Day that always makes me stop to consider my own identity? Maybe it’s because it’s an easy way to illustrate what I mean about having multiple personalities on being an “American” (be prepared, there are going to … Continue reading

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Nepotism, cronyism and institutional discrimination

This post is in response to a Lowell Sun article by Kim Scott titled, “Lowell School Committee member drafting anti-nepotism measure”. It recounts one minority educator’s experience in Lowell trying to get a promotion for over a decade. The original … Continue reading

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What I learned by spying*

*Note about the Title: The full title for this post is, “What I learned by spying: In which I explain why I spent a day monitoring computer activity in random labs of our school, while thinking about reading and literacy”. … Continue reading

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Race, class, work … or how to sell a story

__________My colleague and Words with Friends nemesis, Michael Lavieri, first mentioned reading Gene Marks’ Forbes article, “If I Was a Poor Black Kid” about a week ago. Since then, I have seen, read and heard a number of references and … Continue reading

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Thoughts and thanks

          Hello, again … I’ve missed two three Sunday posts here, and I’ve started writing this entry four different times about four different things, but I feel it’s time to put something up and get back on track. So here … Continue reading

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Reflecting on OBL

               I confess. I was watching Celebrity Apprentice with my wife when they interrupted the broadcast to bring us what would eventually become the news of the killing of Osama Bin Laden. I’m not saying that to be cute or … Continue reading

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What I learned this summer

               There aren’t many regular readers to this blog, so you might not have noticed that I took the summer off from posting here. Not by choice, mind you. I love writing about things I discover online or sharing ideas … Continue reading

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