Graduation Address for the Class of 2020

Hello P3ers and honored quests. It has been a strange year, with traditions great and small cast aside while anxiety and fears gripping the hearts of many.  Joy and hope, however, endures. It always does. Always. I often end my school year with a graduation address delivered to my P3 class at NFA but, alas,Continue reading “Graduation Address for the Class of 2020”

Harriet Tubman and the Power of Movies

  A couple weeks ago I, along with two colleagues, took a group of our high school students to see the movie Harriet. We were in the middle of our Road to the Civil War unit so the timing of the film’s release was perfect. I reminded the class before we went that, even thoughContinue reading “Harriet Tubman and the Power of Movies”

Top Ten Movie Speeches…for now

My daughter was in a reminiscent mood the other night. She was talking about highlights from the previous school year. One memory that she was particularly happy about involved a homework assignment that created a shared experience: she had to watch a civil rights themed movie. “Hidden Figures” was chosen and we watched it together.Continue reading “Top Ten Movie Speeches…for now”

The Power of Words: Shire Edition

I believe in the power of words. I suppose that would be a requirement for someone who writes and teaches. Don’t mistake power for omnipotence, for words can be quite limited in their reach. While the passion and sincerity of delivery truly matters so to does the disposition of the listener (or reader). Cynicism buildsContinue reading “The Power of Words: Shire Edition”

Avengers: Endgame Through the Eyes of my Kids

Hello! It has been quite some time since I’ve posted but nothing like the worldwide pop culture event that is Avengers: Endgame to bring me back to this site. There are so many angles I could approach this movie from but, for this post, I’ve decided to allow a glimpse of the movie through theContinue reading “Avengers: Endgame Through the Eyes of my Kids”

Thanks, Stan

By this point, I would think, anyone with an affinity for comics and superheroes is aware that Stan Lee died recently at the age of ninety-five. Today, December 28, would have been his ninety-sixth birthday. Sounds like the perfect day to remember and give thanks as we look forward to a new year of challengesContinue reading “Thanks, Stan”

When the Midnight Demons Come Calling

Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die It takes a lot to change a man Hell, it takes a lot to try Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die Thus sang Bradley Cooper in the powerful reimagining of A Star is Born. (Beware –Continue reading “When the Midnight Demons Come Calling”