Thankful (After Thanksgiving)

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I try to be thankful everyday. I’m always reminded that I have ancestors who didn’t and don’t have the same fortune I have, and how …

Above and Beyond

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Often, people make me question what the words “above and beyond” mean in an age when we’re obsessed with overworking and overstating. When Carmen told …

The Honeymooners

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Everyone calls this period the “honeymoon” on purpose. We lay the ground rules for the first few periods we encounter each other, get to know …

My Philosophy, Part 2011

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Recently, Chuck Klosterman wrote an exceptional article on contemporary writer legend Jonathan Franzen in GQ Magazine, where Klosterman devotes a significant amount of time to …

Pardon The Swag

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In celebration of my forthcoming birthday tomorrow (Monday, the 24th), I started sharing secrets to (my) life in my Facebook statuses. Here they were: Secret …

Under Construction

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Spring set in across the city in a major way today. The sunrays bounced off windows, sunflowers, and cobblestone alike. Ladies and gents hold their …

No More Heroes

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Last week, the whole world found out that Guru a.k.a. Keith Elam of the world-renown hip-hop duo Gang Starr had (ostensibly) died of a recent …

To Speak In Lieu of Talking

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Today, I got the wonderful opportunity to see the portfolio-based assessment presentations / defenses at an alternative high school. While it’s certainly a time-consuming process …

The Perfect Circle

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Somewhere in a swanky, glossy penthouse just off Canal St. last night, a group of educator bloggers, think-tankers, writers, politicians, activist, and this guy named …

Augmented Reality

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In the latest edition of Esquire Magazine (yes, I read Esquire, at least once a year, particularly their end of the year specials), Stephen Marche …

The Parts to the Whole

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I knew the first quarter of the academic school year would try my every fiber. Presently, I’m juggling between math teacher / coach for my …

Salute Me, Sir

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Today, I found myself in the middle of a pop quiz, and it wasn’t even in my class. As the math coach, I expect certain …

Jam

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It ain’t too much for me to jam. I have to find my peace ‘cuz No one seems to let me be False prophets cry …