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Howl: The Jose Vilson Version

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This was definitely one of my biggest projects I’d ever undertaken on this blog. If you’re unfamiliar with how this came about, refer to here. Thanks to all the great bloggers who contributed (and even those of you who e-mailed me to give me a head nod about this project). Also thanks to Taylor for the initial inspiration. As promised, here’s the howl. Howl (originally by Allen Ginsberg, covered by …

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Howl If You Hear Me

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Allen Ginsberg is the man. As a resident Lower East Sider and poet, I’ve always heard of his stuff, and respected him on street cred alone. Little did I know that this whole time, I’d already been exposed to Ginsberg through one of my already favorite poets, Amiri Baraka. In “Somebody Blew Up America,” he has a meme that always begins with “who,” just as Ginsberg’s “Howl” does in the …

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Drawing The Line

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After the Immigration Protest today in Union Square (all the way to Federal Square), I finally decided to draw some lines where I needed to. If I’m going to talk about standards, then I need to start applying those in my life. Not that I haven’t, but I think I gave too much leeway because I’m always looking at another person’s world-view. This time though, I need to state my …

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Eco-Friendly My Rear

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Last night, my girl and I saw 88 Minutes, which I found to be a good enough movie to keep my attention. While watching the previews, I noticed a very environmental theme (that they almost literally shoved in our faces). There was talk about carbon footprints, recycling, and all the other buzzwords associated with environment-friendly groups. My overall feeling with that kind of advertisement is that, despite how eco-friendly these …

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Thoughts Travel At Light Speed

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Today, I found myself in a whirlwind of activity, getting ready for the NCTM Conference in Salt Lake City, UT (math conference for my non-teacher folk). This included decorating my room a bit, cleaning out my desk, and getting those grants for Penny Harvest ready with my kids, along with trying to maintain some sort of peace within my class. Yesterday, I spent all afternoon copying some exercises for them …

Broken Wings

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It’s a draft. I throw caution to the wind on this one, whatever that means …“Broken Wings” by Jose Vilson Grounded No lift while G_d sweeps the air from under me I am the celestial being no more My tarnished feathers scatter in the distance Shattered bones clank down the empty stairwell Where once I had arisen Who will save me? Does heaven not look kindly on his own parallel? …

On the 1st Day of Christmas …

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I got a gift from my stepfather. It’s weird because frankly I don’t expect anything from him and never have, but indeed I have this wrapped present in front of me, and it’s been sitting there waiting for my approval. I wonder what it is now that I’ve waited this long to lay waste to its wrappings. Certainly, that’s a different tone than has been set in this household for …

Short Notes: Lo Que No Ves

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A few short notes: – What I’m Listening To: Zion, “Zun Da Da” Babyface, “Wonderful Tonight” (originally by Eric Clapton) Juan Luis Guerra, “El Niagra en Bicicleta” – I was getting my students in line when some conversation came up about candy between me and the kids in the front. Each of the students said a piece of candy they liked. Then one of them says, “I know what I …

Short Notes: Don’t Stop Believing

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Believe it or not, mi gente, I do listen to the oddest of tracks. My latest iPod additions include: Robbie Williams, “Millenium” Journey, “Don’t Stop Believing” Feist, “1234” Timbaland feat. One Republic, “Apologize” John Lennon, “Happy XMas (War Is Over)” The New York Knicks suck. And I’m in pain right now just watching their sadness. We get beat by one of the best teams in the league (Boston Celtics) and …

Student of the Month

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I have this one girl in one of my classes who’s awesome. She’s one of the sharpest students I’ve ever had as far as math. She’s funny, too, because she’s better at math than most of the people in the room. She’s got these big brown eyes that, even when I’m not talking to her, move along to wherever I go. At first, I thought it was another student crush; …