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Staff meetingranbarton

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 13:13:36 +0000

Today is the second day of a two-day staff meeting. Yesterday’s topics interested me more than most staff meetings, and today looks to be even better, so I am feeling fortunate to have good colleagues and a good leader. Still, my instinctual dread of staff meetings is hard to suppress, and I have been rerunning … Continue reading Staff meeting (image)

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Liminal Thoughtsranbarton

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:53:12 +0000

…one of the ideas emphasized… was the illusion of causality. Again and again in the events of the past, modern interpretations string together thoughts, actions, and outcomes in ways that link them as part of an intentional sequence, yet often the plan that the historian teases out of the past is a fiction, a modern fabrication that imposes a pattern on a series, much as the eye conjures shapes in clouds.(image)

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Back to script!130305124038-tax-time-refund-loans-620xaranbarton130305124038-tax-time-refund-loans-620xa

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 22:10:00 +0000

In the evenings, I would don my headset, and immerse myself in calls from upset, irate, desperate, incoherent people. It was quite a ride.(image)

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A soul with no footprintranbartonNick_Drake_Fruit_Tree1

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:17:43 +0000

The strongest department in my high school was the English Department. Full of thoughtful, patient, insightful people, they mustered enough patience to teach literature and writing to adolescents with great care and affection for both the texts and the students. They were also a wonderful group of people outside of the classroom, and their willingness to … Continue reading A soul with no footprint (image)

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Merge etiquetteranbarton

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:31:10 +0000

I was on a highway this evening, in rush hour, driving a route I take three or four times each week. In one stretch, there are three lanes, and the leftmost lane is an exit lane to one route, while the center and right lanes merge into one lane that feeds onto the main route … Continue reading Merge etiquette (image)

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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:27:24 +0000

When people find out I was a History major in college, a modern American diplomatic history major to be specific, they laugh. I do not begrudge them that response; I laugh too.(image)

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The cat poop fairyranbarton

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:20:40 +0000

Adulthood involves a number of things I never thought I would have to think about. Last night, I found myself doing one of these quirky tasks, and while I was completing it, I promised myself I would write it up so that you, dear reader, could compare notes with me.(image)

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That’s no moon…ranbarton

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:25:31 +0000

I have mentioned my talented, wonderful pal Jason here a couple times before, but only in passing, I regret to say. In an effort to breathe some life into my dormant stories series, I thought I would try to think of a few stories that remind me of various friends. It has been my standing … Continue reading That’s no moon… (image)

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Wilmington red light camera updateranbartonBig Brother's watching

Mon, 19 May 2014 21:30:35 +0000

Six years ago (!), I wrote about the red light camera program in Wilmington, Delaware. If you skim through that post, you will note that this program began in Wilmington in 2001, and has expanded several times since then. Like most of the approximately 300 jurisdictions that Wilmington’s contractor serves, Wilmington operates its cameras in ways … Continue reading Wilmington red light camera update (image)

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Molasses fictionranbartonBy the great Bill Watterson

Fri, 02 May 2014 21:15:33 +0000

As happens occasionally, Mewhinney has gently prodded me to take a whack at the weekly Daily Post challenge, and welcoming any encouragement that I receive, I thought I might give it a whirl. Fiction is a funny thing for me, as I read very little of it. Most recently, I adored Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring … Continue reading Molasses fiction (image)

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