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Baltimore Baltimore State of Emergency

Last Night In My Neighborhood Around Midnight Baltimore

Earlier, friends had texted me, concerned about my safety. But when I responded casually that everything was just fine where I was at, they breathed better. I just went about my usual business of getting lost on my way to my doctor’s appointment and ending up in Bay View (or something like that) of the […]

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Children MUSIC

Goodbye Children, Hello Summer

Today is the last day of school.  I will no longer hear the rhythmical cadences of the voices of children playing on the playground.  And I will sorely miss this lovely symphony.  A reminder always that in the end children matter above all else and how we treat them will be how they will treat […]

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Cats & Dogs Children Culture Greek Economic Crises History Modern Greece

Somewhere Between Aristophanes and Aristotle

Sometimes when the weather is cloudy it is difficult to discern what is exactly behind those clouds.  Clouds have a way of obscuring what needs to be brought to light but often cannot.  Such have been the past few days, and I have found myself wandering among strange places, not knowing my precise location, helpless.  […]

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Essays

Let Them Play!

The White House recently solicited suggestions on how to deal with the obesity crisis currently affecting kids—at least I think they did.  And if they didn’t, well, I’d like to serve them a dish of my thoughts about that crisis anyway. Having worked as a substitute teacher for many years, I had the opportunity to […]