A Dish Best Served Well

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

Man, it’s been a crazy weekend. Unfortunately, I can’t go into specifics, but it’s all accumulating with my father’s worsening health. (If you know how to decrypt, then this is the post for you.) It’s been astonishing to see the feedback I’ve gotten about him, especially with the mixed relationships his children have with him. Some of his children love him All of his children love him, but each has …

Flash Flood Warning

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The G_d around me and not the G_d I am tapped twice on my shoulder before the storm hit In rumbles calling for home sanctuary You must rest, that G_d said I laughed, for the tempest brewed up Free merriment Mid-Manhattan debauchery with workers of the same Taxing Grey And promising Edifice of scholarly promise for young bilingual students But the G_d around me called harder Shook my stomach Twisted …

Walk On Water

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When it comes to my principles, I didn’t tell them who I quoted from, but I had a discussion around them. What’s great about these principles is that I get to discuss them while secretly learning more about who they are as people and as students. I tested their ability to follow procedures and respect others’ opinions. Of the few passages I’ve taken with me from the 6 years of …

Peanuts Have To Shower, Too

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Yesterday, I had the wonderful opportunity to be part of my friend AnnMary’s baby shower. I wish I took pictures, but I swear to you, there are enough picture takers at that party that those pictures will suffice. Now I would love to tell you all the details, but really it was just a time for me to reflect on the experience. There I was, sitting next to someone I’ve …

Everything Man

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

As if you didn’t know, I am fully in support of Talib’s latest effort, Eardrum. For the most part, it’s hot as hell. Don’t believe me, though; read the article I wrote for Blogcritics.org. Right now, my favorite tracks are it might be much easier to list the tracks I’m not a fan of. 1. “The Nature” with Justin Timberlake (it’s not memorable and a wack ending to an awesome …

Not Too Far To Go

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Before I even continue, I’d like to show my support for Talib’s upcoming effort, Eardrum. I recently wrote about Talib’s artistry in this blog as well as fellow rapper Common’s ascendancy on BlogCritics. I swear he’s come out with 3-4 videos for this album, but I honestly believe his latest video for “Hot Thing” is the hottest. See for yourself. Again, Talib Kweli in stores this Tuesday, August 21st. In …

Up, Down, Up, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, A, B, Select, and Start

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

They say men actually have a 6 in 10 chance of having a “successful” conversation with a woman. As a mathematician, I looked at that stat and said, “Well that means, because there’s tons of men and tons of women, that there’s a HUGE group of people that are pushing down the average of all men.” In other words, there are men who have little to no chance of having …

The Eyes of the Devil

Jose Vilson Jose 6 Comments

I made this little picture (which is click-able for full view) after I swear I saw the devil right in front of me. One of the scariest moments we’ll ever encounter as teachers is when we see the devil in the eyes of the people who are supposed to help our children. We can tell when we see them when they’re doing things to our kids that are not only …

Hot Town, Summer in the City

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The latest weather in NYC makes me pose one question: “What the f*** is this?!” On one end of the week, I was in New Orleans, where it was hot for the most part, but soon turned to blistering when the humidity almost made my traveling partner and I collapse in our margaritas. On the other, NYC has these cold thunderstorms that make me wonder if we’re really in August …

Sh**, G_ddamn, Get Off Your @ss and Write

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

Much of my effort for the last 3 weeks or so has been geared towards my blogging, an extension of my article writing / column writing ambitions. That’s also means my poetry, my one true love, has been neglected for some time. I wrote a couple of pieces here and there on this blog, but otherwise, most of my poetry has just appeared to me in the form of scrolling …