O, Me. O, Life: Some Thoughts About Getting Back Into the Classroom

A year ago when I had to abruptly give up teaching due to the sudden onset of a terrible bout of anxiety and depression, I doubted that I would ever go back into a classroom again. Now that I'm feeling better, and am ready to get back to teaching, I've been doing a lot of … Continue reading O, Me. O, Life: Some Thoughts About Getting Back Into the Classroom

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Rich Man, Poor Man: A Short Reflection on Thoreau’s “Where I Lived and What I Lived For”

In "Where I Lived and What I Lived For," Thoreau teaches us a great lesson on the importance of contentedness. While he is always moving--sauntering, as it were--he is never doing so in search of wealth; at least not monetary wealth. Instead, his constant forward movement is in search of purpose and higher understanding of … Continue reading Rich Man, Poor Man: A Short Reflection on Thoreau’s “Where I Lived and What I Lived For”

Thoreau’s Honest Man: A Short Reflection on “Civil Disobedience”

Last week I remarked to a friend that it saddened me to think that simple honesty, what I view as the most basic of human virtues, is now so uncommon that it is applauded as a great achievement. It seems absurd to me that we should celebrate something that should be so common among men … Continue reading Thoreau’s Honest Man: A Short Reflection on “Civil Disobedience”