Spring Game, 2018

A spring football game is kind of like school itself; it’s real, but it isn’t. We all show up at the stadium. The players put on all the gear. The announcers and the officials and even the band and cheerleaders show up and do the usual routines. The parking lot is crowded with grills and…

I Spend a Lot of Time with Teachers

I spend a lot of time with teachers—elementary school teachers, secondary school teachers, teachers of undergraduates, and graduate school professors. Teachers are good people, and they all have certain things in common, from the kindergarten teacher to the dissertation director. One quirky-but-endearing quality teachers share is complaining about the declining quality of students. I think…

That Was Terrible and Incredible

The Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. is a transformative place. It’s difficult to make it through the experience emotionally intact. We leave part of ourselves there, and we come away with a much less naive understanding of our capacity as a species. The title of this post was a text message I received from a…