More is not always better

“If I only had more,” said the people. How many of us have made (or thought) this very same comment? How many of us...

Lowering the boom on ‘raising the bar’

It is no longer debatable that, generally speaking, there is a huge gap in achievement in school and in life between students who come...

No simple task about the home

First rule of home ownership: There is no such thing as a simple project.All I really wanted was for my kitchen sink to act...

New year, new local government

Even though we are under the cold and gray skies of January, this time of year does lend itself to some degree of hope....

So long, 2018; hello, 2019

Another year has departed—12 months, 52 weeks, and 365 days have ticked away. The residue of events, happenings, and goings-on of 2018 dwell in...

A great society needs great behavioral health

Over 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy presented a Special Message to Congress identifying mental illness as one of America’s “most critical health...

The resolution revolution

We look forward to the new year when we’ll lose those pounds we’ve gained since Thanksgiving. Or we’ll quit smoking cold turkey or begin...

Vacation not all it’s cracked up to be

Here is the problem with going on vacation: You can take a vacation from work and you can take a vacation from school …...

House has long family history

In 1934, my husband’s grandfather purchased a pre-fab home from the Sears and Roebuck Company. At the time, his brother, sister-in-law and their children were living with him, his wife, and their five children. Grandma would eventually have two more children, so space was getting tight.

The more things change …

I get a kick out of it when educational reformers (aka politicians) rationalize their foolish public education policies by saying things like, “We are preparing kids for technology and jobs that don’t exist today,” and, “It is essential that we prepare our students to succeed in the 21st century,” as if they have stumbled upon some great revelation. They act as if today’s children and today’s schools face some magical challenge that they never faced before. That would, indeed, be a revelation if it was true. But, of course, it is not.