First

I would have to say that the first time I decided to run a marathon, I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. First of all, I did it mainly to be supportive of my wife. She wanted to run a marathon and I encouraged her to do…

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Out of the Closet

One day, back in the fourth grade, I was sitting in my seat as calmly as you please, more than likely drawing pictures in my notebook instead of diligently working in my grammar book, when the teacher brought one of the boys up and announced that the young gentleman was…

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Synchronicity

Synchronicity Events, when they are seen in isolation Appear to be somewhat disconnected When in hindsight, and some trepidation Reveal to us more than we expected A wind that blows in cool and leaves us hotter To dream of light, and the gravity that bent it Like ripples from a…

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Making the Right Choice

There is a lot of controversy regarding bilingual education. We used to have a really good program in Los Angeles, until the voters killed it. Not that it was perfect, mind you. Here is how it worked. You taught the kids who spoke no English in their native language, gradually…

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Pennies

When I was a kid, I used to like puzzle books. You know the kind. There would be the puzzle that showed six clowns that looked very much the same and then ask which one was different. Or there would be the picture in which you were supposed to find…

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A Christian Nation?

I’m getting a little tired of conservatives calling America a “Christian” nation. There is nothing Christian about it. Our nation’s government was not founded by Christians, nor was it founded upon Christian principles. And although the organized church has long held hands with the government, there is precious…

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Barbwire Underwear

One of the things that drive people crazy about religions in general, and about Christianity in particular, is this perverse need many followers have to suffer. For some reason, these fanatics have equated a letting go of the world with the need to wear barbed wire underwear. In Ireland, every…

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Love

I once had a girl friend, many years before I met my wife, Becky, and I loved her very much. We had, I thought, a good relationship. So I felt as though I had been hit with a sledgehammer in the chest when she confessed to me that she had…

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Food for Thought

There is an old saying that we all know. You are what you eat. I never understood that statement, not really, until I had some health and nutrition classes in college. And even then it didn’t really hit me. It wasn’t until I started working out a lot…

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Three

I like to think of myself as a scientific sort of guy. I find science fascinating, especially physics and astronomy. And I like to think I have a passing understanding in most of the sciences, and well I should have, since I had to teach science to a bunch of…

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Happy Birthday

One of the really less than enjoyable aspects of being a teacher is to have to give grades. No, it’s not that it’s hard to pass judgment on someone’s ability to perform math or to write an essay (although that’s not the easiest thing to do)…

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Up

People ask me how to find God. I say turn left at Pat Robertson. Seriously, there are scores of people out there looking for something. There are the followers of Scientology. Others look for God in drugs, or in organized religions, which are not so different sometimes. Karl Marx said…

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