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Every man or woman eventually pines for the days of the past, at least occationally, and either marvels or shudders at the speed at which thing happen, change, and disappear.  Unfortunately, most of these observations of culture are drowned in sentimentality and eventual contempt for “the crazy things kids do nowadays.” But our collective memory… Read More What is this?

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The Cuckoo’s Nest: My Days in a Spanish Elementary School: Part 6

Television and radio presenter Art Linkletter was an orphan who was moved from Canada as a child to live in San Diego, California. He was married for 74 1/2 years.  He was a major investor in the patented hula-hoop, without whom it may never have existed. During the Great Depression, he hitched on trains around the… Read More The Cuckoo’s Nest: My Days in a Spanish Elementary School: Part 6

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The Cuckoo’s Nest: My Days in a Spanish Elementary School: Part 2 (re-post)

As we approach the end of the year, and the beginning of a much-appreciated vacation, I thought I’d dip into sentimentality and take a little look back at a post made in my first days as a teaching assistant.  Some things have changed, others haven’t.  Over a year ago, on my first day on the… Read More The Cuckoo’s Nest: My Days in a Spanish Elementary School: Part 2 (re-post)

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The Cuckoo’s Nest: My Days in a Spanish Elementary School: Part 2

Over a year ago, on my first day on the job as a teaching assistant, a pseudo-scholarly Sancho Panza, I struggled to adjust to a bustling school environment, and one interaction with a second-grade student set the tone for the months to come. “Hello, what’s your name, little man?” I asked. He pointed at my… Read More The Cuckoo’s Nest: My Days in a Spanish Elementary School: Part 2

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