Coincidence? I Think Not…

Coincidence? I Think Not…

It was a dreary mid-winter day in Macon, Georgia.  I was teaching my fifth-graders at Winship Magnet School, located in a “declining” part of the city.  I had plans to work till about 5 and then meet my husband, an electrical contractor, for dinner before we both drove home to Reynolds, about 40 miles away. I parked my little teal green Mercury Topaz in its usual place, and it sat patiently waiting for my return. I had only had the…

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Dear Mr. President…

Dear Mr. President…

Congratulations.  You now hold the highest office in the land, arguably in the whole world.  You will lead the United States for the next four years, barring unforeseen circumstances. I didn’t vote for you, Mr. President.  I wasn’t a fan of your opponent, either, by the way.  I didn’t really want either of you in the Oval Office.  Both of you ran dishonest campaigns, and both of you are deeply flawed humans.  But what is done is done, and here…

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I Resolve — Wait, No I Don’t!

I Resolve — Wait, No I Don’t!

Happy New Year! We humans celebrate the passing of the old year and beginning of the new.  We are granted 365 pages in a brand-new, not-as-yet-besmirched book, to write as we will.  (Riiigghhtt).  Somehow, we always think this one will be written better than the last. We declare that we won’t make the same mistakes this year, forgetting that even if we don’t make the same mistakes, we’ll just make new ones.  This is the year we’re going to Get…

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I never met the man, but …

I never met the man, but …

he knew a thing or two.  Socrates, I mean. He’s the guy who said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”  I know you’ve seen it attributed to Plato; Plato was quoting what Socrates said in his own defense at his trial.  He paid the ultimate price for leading the youth of his day astray with those words – death by poison.  No Bill of Rights in 399 BC, I guess. He was right.  As I used to tell my…

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