Wolverine

Where Does Drive Come From?

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

She sat there, discussing her latest situations with adults and children with a sore arm, and a cup of coffee she sips so carefully. She resists throwing herself in a negative zone as she sees my worry; that she may lose her confidence about what she’s doing drove the conversation …






Dream about Falling Down

Thou Shall Not Fall

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

Today, I got to thinking a lot about success and failure lately, because with everything, it feels like I’m treading a fine line between failure and success. Every so often, the lane opens up wide and I can run far and around, speeding to my next destination. On the other …






Harvey Milk

My Own Purpose Driven Life

Jose Vilson Jose 8 Comments

Last night, I saw Milk, starring Sean Penn and Josh Brolin. As I’m typing this, I’m having difficulty using the proper word to describe how that movie made me feel. “Moved” may be appropriate, but it needs some sort of adverb. I found myself in tears in some scenes, and …






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The Persistence of Memory

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

Let’s set the scene. Sunday, September 7th, 2008. I’ve just spent the better part of the last 7 hours soft-coding and designing page 4 of my website, which includes it’s own subset of pages and such, and making a really cool menu. Drake and Josh, Spongebob Squarepants, Philadelphia Eagles vs. …






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I’ve Got Soul, But I’m Not a Soldier

Jose Vilson Jose 12 Comments

It’s around this time of year that have to re-remember how to be Mr. Vilson and no longer Jose. This summer’s been great, and I’ve had many a revelation through this summer personally and professionally. I’ve rested, I’ve breathed, I’ve read, I’ve written, I’ve learned, I’ve loved, and I’ve lived. …






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If You Are What You Say You Are

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

“Superstar,” an art teacher once said, in reference to me in the classroom. Sometimes I hear it ring in my head in the morning while I’m washing my face, brushing my teeth, and looking at these life-worn eyes. Every minute after that is in preparation for some upcoming performance, maybe …






Hector Lavoe, "El Cantante"

Yo Soy El Cantante (I Am The Singer)

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

The first question I got asked was from Frumteacher, who looked forward to me answering these questions: Two requests for you to delve into, Jose: 1) What made you become a teacher? 2) How do you feel when you stand in front of the blackboard? Most of you are privy …






Tell You Somethin’ (A Teacher’s Reprise)

Jose Vilson 5 Comments

I can’t wait, I can’t wait, I won’t wait, I don’t wanna wait I can’t wait, I can’t wait, I won’t wait, I don’t wanna wait I won’t wait til it’s too late … On Sunday, I spoke a little about how I often see myself as an inspiration to …






To My Journal …

Jose Vilson 2 Comments

Let me ruminate a bit. I like being personally invited to events. I like being messaged or called out specifically by people. I like searching for my name and seeing my web site first on Google, and any references to me making up the majority of the search results on …






Short Notes: Wait Till I Get My Money Right

Jose Vilson Short Notes 2 Comments

Can we get one more day on this glorious vacation? No? That’s unfortunate. I was just getting used to hearing the sounds of nothing in the morning. A few notes:1. I can’t contain it anymore. I tried, Eva, and it’s just not working. I’m going to the Kanye West concert …






The Triumph of the Human Spirit

Jose Vilson 2 Comments

Cold Stone Creameries, Saturday.Michael Jackson blaring through the stereos above while some kids dance to it. I’m chillin’ with my girl, scooping up on Cookie Doughn’t You Want Some and bragging to his girl about being a thriller in the sack. A trip afterwards to the Virgin Megastore, and along …






FreeCell for Emancipators

Jose Vilson 8 Comments

Today was one of those defining moments for my homeroom. For those of you new to this blog, my homeroom is basically a sixth grade bilingual class for all intents and purposes, though legally, they qualify for 100% English classes due to their passing their qualifying tests. However, one or …