Signs In China: Keep Off the Grass

I spent 5 weeks in China last summer and I miss it.  I decided that this week I would post pictures of signs that I saw in that wonderful country. These signs are attempts at English that turn out to be utter failures, or like the one below, have a certain elegance.  It seems toContinue reading “Signs In China: Keep Off the Grass”

Kid Diplomacy: What We Can All Learn

Something happened to my son at school that made me think about the way that adults and for that matter even nations treat each other and what we can all learn from children. My son had a falling out with his best friend at school Friday.  Something happened on the playground, then words were exchanged,Continue reading “Kid Diplomacy: What We Can All Learn”

Back On the Horse, But Not At a Full Gallop

I’m out of the woods with the bronchitis, and it has given me a great load of time to think about what I’ll do once I get back to school and try to wrangle my students right before spring break is ticked off the calendar. I basically had a bronchitis break from school as IContinue reading “Back On the Horse, But Not At a Full Gallop”

Weekly Tales: 11 Year Olds Have Literal Minds

We walked across the graveled parking lot toward the car after a long benefit dinner for troop 214, my son Conner tagging along behind, his brown shirt untucked and hanging down all disheveled.  “Dad,” he said, his wheezy athsmatic voice like soft music.  “Do you think I could camp out in the woods by ourContinue reading “Weekly Tales: 11 Year Olds Have Literal Minds”