A Patient Episcopal Priest, A Starlit Path, and Abby’s Ninth Birthday

Thank you for reminding me of the importance of being a “work in progress.” Merry Christmas!


The day after Thanksgiving, I accompanied my brother-in-law, Odie, a newly retired Episcopal priest, to a Christmas tree farm.  It’s late fall in New England so although I was enthusiastic about going, I did half-expect a National Lampoon Christmas Vacationish scenario. Particularly the scene where Clark gathers the family around the tree in the woods, says, “Isn’t it a beaut, Audrey?” and Ellen pipes in with,”She’ll see it later, honey. Her eyes are frozen.”

Evidently I have seen that movie one too many times because the day wound up being unseasonably warm.

Shortly after the farm opened for business, we began to methodically walk amongst the Christmas trees, carefully tagging the ones we deemed just right, commenting on the others. That one is nice but the trunk is too thick. That one is too tall. That one’s needles are too hard. The top on that one is…

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The False Paradise of School Privatization

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Create a perfect world!

Go ahead! Don’t be shy!

What kind of government would you like? Republic, Monarchy, Dictatorship, Anarchy? Some combination or original system?

It’s all up to you.

How would you structure the economy? Capitalistic, Socialistic, Communistic? Something else?

You decide.

What would a family look like in your perfect world? How would careers be prepared for and chosen? What level of technology would you choose?

All these and more must be answered when creating the ideal community for you and I to live in.

It’s what Sir Thomas Moore famously did in his 1516 novel Utopia” about an impossible “best state” for civil society.

And it’s what I had my 7th grade students do last week in preparation for reading Lois Lowery’s contemporary science fiction novel, “The Giver.”

In small groups, my little ones clustered together at their tables and gave social planning a go.

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Because of This Post, Steven Singer is Back in Facebook Jail

How long is her sentence?

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A few months ago, Steven Singer wrote a critique of privatization that Facebook refused to let him post. It wa titled “School Choice is a Lie.” This Post was blocked by Facebook, and Steven was banned from Facebook for a week. It has happened again!

Steven wrote this post, “The False Paradise of School Privatization.” Once again, Facebook has banished him. Please read the post and put it on your Facebook page if you have one.

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You can’t imagine how much this helped me!


I choose to reflect this week on that went right for the resistance and not on tax reform. Let’s remember that there are many significant differences between the House and Senate bills that they still have to come to an agreement on so it is not a done deal yet. Meanwhile, we continue to fight on and see many good things still happening. So cheer up and read on. The highlights for this week are;

  • SOME COMMON SENSE ON GUN CONTROL – The Supreme Court rejected two important gun control appeals, thereby leaving in place the lower court rulings upholding a Maryland law that bans the sale of a range of semiautomatic weapons and large-capacity magazines and Florida’s ban on open-carry firearms.
  • FIRST 45 ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL PLEADS GUILTY – Former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with Russia’s ambassador and disclosed…

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