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How did we get here?

2003: I amĀ 16, President Bush has declared war on Iraq. I am half-American, going to school in Brasil. Hallways are full of teenagers talking about BLOOD FOR OIL We sit at bars, teenaged mimicry of adulthood Drinking beer and whisky … Continue reading

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Rookie

I love teaching. I honestly do. I can be having the worst day, and a kid will say something to break it and let some warmth in. I enjoy seeing how their minds work and grow and expand. I like … Continue reading

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Hrm, School.

I’ve been thinking a lot about education (obviously).i was introduced to TED Talks by a friend, and we watched a lecture by Sir Ken Robinson on how schools kill creativity, and then another encouraging an education revolution.One of the points … Continue reading

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American Empire

A People’s History of American Empire (a graphic adaptation) by Howard Zinn, Mike Konopacki, Paul Buhle I just finished re-reading this great graphic novel, written with Zinn as the prominent narrator, and other historical figures telling their stories in their … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Vampirism

The Evolution of the Vampire: From Count Dracula to Edward Cullen? Dare I even attempt it? It’s like comparing Sauron and … a pixie? (Pixies are mostly just annoying, not very evil.) I feel I must attempt it. I have … Continue reading

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