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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...