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(bôr'dər-lănd') n. Located on or near a frontier. An indeterminate area or condition.

Last Build Date: Sat, 09 Jun 2012 04:46:57 +0000


Teachers are people, too, my friend.

Sat, 09 Jun 2012 04:46:57 +0000

Remember this? Responding to a question from an audience member as to why Social Security should be included in deficit talks when it doesn’t add to the deficit, Romney drifted into a defense of corporate rights. “Corporations are people, my friend,” he said. “Of course they are.” Fast forward to today: Romney said in Iowa [...]

Levon Helm

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 06:59:48 +0000

Charles Pierce: It was what they were all about, Levon and the rest of The Band, in 1968, when the country was coming apart at the seams. Nothing was holding, least of all Mr. Yeats’s center. There were tanks in Prague and there was blood on a balcony in Memphis, Tennessee. The traditional American values [...]

Search for Meaning

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 01:34:55 +0000

The plain fact is that the planet does not need more “successful” people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every shape and form. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable [...]

Pavement Ends. Travel Strongly

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 06:38:43 +0000

It’s been a while. Very briefly… we’ve got union contract problems this year – and I volunteered to be a building rep. After bargaining for more than a year, we’ve officially come to an impasse. Aggravating. And time-sucking. Additionally, I’ve got a classroom full of 12-year-old attitudes. At night, I flop on the couch and [...]

Reframing Ruby Payne

Mon, 09 Jan 2012 04:49:47 +0000

I read Ruby Payne’s A Framework for Understanding Poverty before our day-long professional development meeting, and like Anita Bohn, writing for Rethinking Schools, I didn’t know whether to laugh at the stupidity or to rage at the offensive stereotyping of people in poverty. For example, a few of Payne’s 18 “hidden rules” for surviving in [...]