A Railroad Trail

Three hundred yards behind the house where I grew up was a railroad track. Now its a beautiful bike trail.   The railroad tracks provided an important hub of activity of my childhood. It was a small, rather insignificant line which traveled from Butler PA to Freeport and beyond, but as a young boy, it [...]

Sally, Where are you?

I've been rummaging through boxes of old mementos, and I came across a letter from a former student of mine. Here name was Sally. That's not her real name. She's Chinese from Dalian where I spent the summer of 1993. I remember her well. She taught me to play Chinese chess, which I have since forgotten. [...]

The Reason is Now Clear

In this article "Mom is Shamed for Cake Slice in Kid's Lunch," I have begun to understand why the heavens didn't want me to raise my kids in the United States. It would not have been pretty. And unfortunately, this article isn't an outlier. There are (regrettably) way too many instances of schools telling parents what they [...]