Nine Years

Nine years. For whatever reason, it hangs heavy this year. Not quite the decade milestone but certainly we’re feeling it more keenly than last year. Go figure. We’ve been down in Maryland four years now and increasingly our circle of friends are people who never knew him. I’m about to work at my second school and there, no one will have known him. Similar to Deb and her work colleagues. While I know life goes on, I miss sharing him […]

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Summer Movie Struggles

Thanks to Deb and accommodating friends, I have been fortunate to see more movies than usual this summer. Some of it was to decide for myself if the buzz was accurate or because I was already predisposed to go and love the film. But, there was also the new feeling of necessity. The time theaters allow a film to find its audience is rapidly dwindling. A good example is War for the Planet of the Apes which opened in mid-July, […]

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Back to the Classroom

This morning I signed the contract and have formally joined the faculty at St. Vincent Pallotti High School. This is the school where I was a frequent substitute teaching between October and May, allowing me to get to know the students, faculty, and administration. They’re a small school compared to Owings Mills and their English faculty numbered four so I knew the odds of openings were small. And yet, as the kids sweated through finals, two of the four surprisingly […]

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