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The Courage of a Vision

The Courage of a Vision

“The present is the past rolled up for action, and the past is the present unrolled for understanding.” —Will and Ariel Durant, “The Lessons of History.” 1968. Although history consists of the records of all individuals who lived in time, the historian records...
In Search of Gratefulness

In Search of Gratefulness

I had a particularly blessed and pleasing past 8 days (September 16-24, 2017) so I decided to write about it. It gave me the opportunity to express gratefulness. Neil Diamond has always been a musician and songwriter that I have liked because his lyrics have meaning....
Retirement Musings

Retirement Musings

Well, I retired yesterday, June 1, 2017. 48 years of teaching with 43 of them being at Chartiers Valley High School. I can’t gauge how I feel yet. I know that I love teaching and have worked to develop my craft. I know that I cherish interacting with students...
Fred

Fred

I started teaching Advanced Placement United States History in 1994.  The College Board traditionally schedules the qualifying exams during the first two weeks of May. The APUSH exam was generally in the first week on a Friday.  But then we had four more weeks of...
In Search of Magnanimity

In Search of Magnanimity

2016, an election year in the United States of America.  Without specifying any bias and without trying to sound naive, I will suggest that the election will be contentious and mean-spirited to a greater magnitude than most presidential elections are.  In the past...
Diderot

Diderot

I recently read a story about an occurrence in the life of Denis Diderot, the 18th century French philosopher.  It came from a Ted talk by Amy Curry regarding her work, Presence.  It told how Diderot was stymied in a debate on a topic and felt self-conscious and even...
Thank you DAR

Thank you DAR

I am deeply honored in being named the Pennsylvania State Society Daughters of the American Revolution Outstanding American History Teacher.  It has been my vocation to teach young minds the story of our country and I have relished it.  Being recognized is humbling...
Dandelions

Dandelions

My father was an immigrant from Portugal. He came to the United States in 1923 at age 11 through Ellis Island. In Europe as in most parts of the world, soccer is the universal sport. But in the United States in the 1920s, there was a new sport that was gaining...
The Chalk Award

The Chalk Award

The Chalk Award was not pre-meditated. It arrived into my consciousness as a lark. I put the date at 2005. But don’t hold me to this. I was always enchanted by the chalk dust that was left at the end of a good day of teaching and learning. I remember banging my...