- Wisconsin, USA
- February 21
- History Teacher
- A Great Plains guy living in the Great Northwoods and feeling Claustrophobic.--
Masters in Anthropology (I thought we could use some Indians digging up white people).--
I have an amazing wife and two beautiful boys.--
I teach high school history and at an Alternative School for at-risk youth.--
...and I have a serious Jelly Belly problem
MY RECENT POSTS
- WI: For the People
April 27, 2011 07:08PM
- Letter To Gov. Walker
March 09, 2011 09:58PM
- Will You Fight?
March 01, 2011 02:37PM
- WI Battle Splits Us All I
February 27, 2011 03:11PM
- I'm a Wisconsin Teacher
February 22, 2011 04:03PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “From one angry WI
teacher to another, my
August 03, 2011 02:47PM
glad that you and others have
August 02, 2011 09:48AM
- “What this man NEEDS is
not a balanced budget. He
system that will work
May 13, 2011 09:57AM
- “We love our Packers
because they're not corporate
would we want our
April 28, 2011 07:16PM
- “Shiral, don't
worry...we've felt your
support and that of so
people nation w…”
April 28, 2011 06:54PM
I spent the last two months of my life outside. The unpredictable Wisconsin spring has weathered me. I feel more like a tree than a man. Through the blowing snow and bone-chilling wind my wife, my coworkers and I became fixtures downtown, so that those who wanted to could sign a pet… Read full post »
Tonight, you chose to completely ignore and disregard three weeks of unprecedented protest and 100,000s of voices asking you to back away from your radical, uncompromising stance. You found an unscrupulous way to take everything you wanted…with NO concessions. What gives you… Read full post »
At the beginning of U.S. history is the unit on Columbus called “Worlds Collide.” I use supplemental, historical books to have a greater discussion about why myths about Columbus have persisted and how the controversy surrounding the man raises deeper questions about how we view our histo… Read full post »
Thicker than water?
Recently, I've been getting emails from my uncle with his opinion about what's going on in WI. He believes Gov. Walker is doing what needs to be done. Until now, I've been willing to go along with the debate...family, right?
But like everyone else who&nb… Read full post »
First of all, I have always agreed that unions protect bad workers. With their historical drive to protect all workers from unfair practices, they've dev… Read full post »
IF I WERE STRONGER
I didn't mean to,
But I must have held you too tightly.
I tried not to,
But I must have looked into your eyes too long that day.
If I were smarter,
I would have kept a distance.
If I were stronger,
Soldiers posing in WWII
It was a typical summer night in June. I was flipping through the channels looking for anything that would give me an excuse to avoid grading my summer school work. Wait! What was that? I flipped back to something I recognized…Band of Brothers. It is the… Read full post »
You don't hate us because we're different.
You hate us because we're proud.
And to really listen to our words
Would make you hear your own.
And to really look into our eyes
After running all over school on errands, I returned to my class to find a student I didn't know waiting for me by my desk with a note. She smiled and said, “I have an invitation for you.” It was a formal invitation to a free pizza lunch on… Read full post »
He was the Lakota’s greatest warrior, and he is thought of by many to be the quintessential symbol of resistance. He never signed a treaty. He never allowed his picture to be taken, and he never quit. Even when soldiers were leading him into a cell, he refused to be… Read full post »
A long time ago, in a far away land
The tracks of two Zax met up in the sand.
One from the East and one from the West,
And both of them thought where they came from was best.
But the beach was long, and the beach… Read full post »
QUESTION: What is the worst thing you feel you've ever done to someone?
After reading about DakiniDancer's sudden death, I began reflecting on a very difficult year for my family. My wife and I experienced 8 deaths in the last 6 months. And now with Dakini's sudden death, I can't help… Read full post »
I’ve read several posts lately that look back from an older age and wonder what happened to the person we once were. Cuquie in her poem “I Am Eve” and Marytkelly in her story about searching for her lost “freedom road” in Moab write about the… Read full post »
By now, most people have heard the story surrounding President Obama’s commencement speech at Notre Dame and the controversy surrounding it. Some of the student body, led by a few politicians, are protesting the invitation by the university and Obama’s acceptance.… Read full post »
In the United States, people were considered black if they had even one drop of African blood, while Native Americans had to prove that they were Indian enough to be federally recognized. One couldn’t escape their race even if they wanted to, while the other has… Read full post »
I was visiting someone in San Diego several years ago. While sitting in a restaurant one day I took a moment to look around at everyone in the place…I’m a people watcher, sorry. Suddenly, I realized that if no one told me any different, I’d believe I was sitting in… Read full post »
Over the last few days, there seems to be more outrage over Pres. Obama telling the world we tortured prisoners than over the fact that we tortured them. Now, Cheney complains that Obama is being one-sided by not also pointing out all of the vital information that was obtained by/… Read full post »
I had gotten a call from a parent who had run out of ideas and who felt like she was running out of time. We met in my class, and she described for me what the past year had been like with her daughter, Samantha (Sam). Now, I… Read full post »
We only had an hour for lunch and had gone across town to take advantage of the buffet special at the Chinese restaurant. So, we were racing back and most likely would have to sneak in the back door and back to our departments without the boss… Read full post »
I come to you a humble man.
Surely, you see me struggling,
Tossed about in this love...
I come to you a fool
With questions you've already answered:
How will I find love
While I live my life in yesterday?
How will I hear her whispers
Over my… Read full post »
When did war change?
To me, it’s an interesting question. Armies used to meet on the field, all having pretty much the same weapons, and the better men won. At some point, the leader of one of the armies walked down into the valley and called out the other leader.… Read full post »
I saw him, the last eagle.
Someone pointed, and for a moment
We were all still.
A breeze suddenly touched us,
And in that moment my heart sank,
For somehow I knew.
I think, despite hope, we all knew.
So we stood there, silently.
At last, together.
I was… Read full post »
Let me start by saying that I am a layman. Hell, I can’t even balance my own checkbook or pay bills on time (thanks babe!) That’s why I call this my two cents. But I’m not sure it takes a financial genius to figure out that Trickle… Read full post »
I moved to Rapid City, South Dakota in ’97. I drove into town in the middle of a sleet storm (anyone who’s ever driven through a storm on the Great Plains knows what that’s like…there’s nowhere to hide.) Yeah, I knew about Rapid. In the 60s and 70s… Read full post »
Little one, it is true.
Mountains are beautiful and forests are great.
But you are not born a mountain,
And you are not born a forest.
Yes, little one,
The night sky is brilliant and the day is warm.
But you are not the moon,
And you are… Read full post »