Question 150 of 365: What can we say in the moment?

Image via Wikipedia I spoke at my high school graduation. Along with our valedictorian and a few other people who applied for the job, I gave a speech that was mostly a rehash of my application to get into college. I reprint it here to make sure that the absolute …

Question 138 of 365: When are we trains?

Image by thomas.merton via Flickr Look at me, I’m a train on a track I’m a train, I’m a train, I’m a chucka train, yeah Look at me, got a load on my back I’m a train, I’m a train, I’m a chucka train, yeah Look at me, I’m going …

Question 135 of 365: Why don't we say shut up more often?

Cover of 3 Ninjas I have been reliving my childhood through netflix on-demand. It seems as though all of the movies that I loved when I was a kid are available for me to pull up at any hour of the day and watch with my children (with the notable …

Question 116 of 365: How much power is in the absurd?

Tagging has always been an art form I am a little embarrassed to appreciate. Even before I understood the graffiti in downtown Cleveland, I think I understood that people were making their mark on something in the hopes of immortality or at least bragging rights. Even in suburbia, tagging was …

Question 110 of 365: Can we change from the outside?

Image by mpclemens via Flickr Advice is a funny thing. It is often sought, often misheard, often rejected, often obnoxious, and often invaluable. This is all at the same time, mind you. Whenever I am asked to give advice, I know that there is very little chance that the changes …

Question 106 of 365: How can we find unique comfort?

Image via Wikipedia I sometimes have a hard time relating to those who have never played bumper pool. While most people don’t come right out and say it, there is a look in their eye that questions the very notion of another type of pool game. In this look they …

Question 103 of 365: Who is watching out for whom?

Image via Wikipedia I had never dressed up for Halloween until I became a teacher. It just wasn’t something we did in my family. But, when I became a middle school teacher, it was definitely an expectation. So, I was Peter Pan and Poneyboy a couple of times and it …