“Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.” This quote from UCLA Bruins football coach Henry Russell “Red” Sanders in 1950 (not Vince Lombardi as some believe) highlights what has become …

With the mid-term elections next month, I have been pondering the effect of social media on the 2016 election and wondering how it will affect things in November. The more I think about it, th…

Monkey see, monkey do. According to the web it’s a saying from the 1920s that has its origin in ancient West Africa. Basically, it’s the act of doing or believing something someone else has do…

I have realized that my sojourn with the Pittsburgh Pirates has been one of the longest relationships in my life. Like most relationships, there are ups and downs, but this past winter almost …

I have a camp up in God’s Country, officially known as Potter County. It’s about a two hour drive from my house. That gives me time to enjoy the scenery. However, in these long drives I’ve beg…

It is graduation season in the area, my last as a teacher. After 25 years of thinking about it, I have come up with an answer to the most often asked question of high school graduates — what d…

In my youth, I used to cover a number of songs by the singer/songwriter Randy Stonehill. One of them was “Turning 30.” I sang it at a time when I wasn’t 30 yet, so the song really didn’t press…

During the school year, I take the time to teach logical fallacies. It’s all part of what I do with critical thinking, a much needed skill in these days of fake news. Recently, the National Ri…

The headline caught my attention. “PA Chamber fighting proposed minimum wage increase.” The more I read the article the more I felt compelled to respond.

Have you heard of Pennsylvania Promise? If you haven’t, I’m not surprised. I hadn’t until a student brought it to my attention this past week. Pennsylvania Promise would provide free tuition t…

As the holiday season came to a close, my wife and I devoted our New Year’s Day to taking down the decorations inside our new house because it was too darn cold to take down the decorations ou…

Twenty minutes. That’s how long it will take for a nuclear missile from North Korea to reach Hawaii. It will take at least five minutes for officials there to determine if it is indeed on its …

Every year I walk my students through an excerpt from the Iroquois Constitution, which is known as the Great Law of Peace. Five tribes from the northeast woodlands in and around upstate New Yo…

We have entered an age of polarization in our political discourse that our nation hasn’t seen, I believe, since the Civil War. Instead of addressing arguments we attack the person. In logic th…

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