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My Own Purpose Driven Life

December 7, 2008 Jose
Harvey Milk

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 not even during the assassinations. […]

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The Persistence of Memory

September 7, 2008 Jose

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. St. Louis Rams, and Dallas […]

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I’ve Got Soul, But I’m Not a Soldier

August 21, 2008 Jose

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. And now, I’m almost ready […]

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If You Are What You Say You Are

May 12, 2008 Jose

“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 even a battle. I watch […]

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Yo Soy El Cantante (I Am The Singer)

April 7, 2008 Jose
Hector Lavoe, "El Cantante"

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 to my Vilson Manifesto in […]

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Tell You Somethin’ (A Teacher’s Reprise)

March 18, 2008

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 the little ones in my […]

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