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I am a married , 59 year old teacher. More than anything else , this I think teaching defines me.. I have been teaching for 41 years and I intend to continue doing so until I die. Working with adolescents is both my profession and my joy. I love the challenge of their unpretentious questions. I love to challenge their received but unexamined ideas. I love to see the light go on in their eyes when they finally get it, when they reach an opinion which belongs to them because they thought it through.

Being the father of 2 and grandfather of 4 (soon to be 6), I find that my children and grandchildren motivate me to activism. I want a better world than the one we now have. I want to leave them choices and chances which the greedy elites of our age would foreclose in their blindness and arrogance. To disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed with the things I write and the causes I espouse is to me a worthy ambition.

I blog on a small site that covers Texas and national politics. . When I don't write and publish on a regular basis, I feel guilty. My words are not golden nor my insights genius. When I am on my game though, I can say things that need saying in a unique voice.

My hobbies: reading detective , sci-fi and supernatural fiction as well as political/historical/ non-fiction. I also read books on spirituality and sociological analysis on occasion. I am very eclectic and very curious. I use Stumble Upon to discover odd bits and pieces of information . Always I find myself trying to fit them into the larger patterns of my understanding. On a weekend, my wife and I must get our movie fix. We view all kinds of movies. Especially favored are good foreign films with character driven plots .They open windows for me into other cultures, other minds.

I find women fascinating, and not just in a sexual way. They think and see and interact with the world so differently then do men. .This is a source of endless wonder for me. Talking with them , observing them , is like being able to explore the consciousness of persons from a different species, who nevertheless share my humanity and fundamental nature.

I am an activist. I am passionate about justice, about the common good and about treating everyone with dignity and respect, especially those with whom I disagree. I reserve the right though, to call a self-serving tool, a self-serving tool. Like William Lloyd Garrison , " I am in earnest - I will not equivocate - I will not excuse - I will not retreat a single inch - and I will be heard!"

But most of all, I try to live by the motto of an older rebel , Ben Franklin: "If you make yourself a sheep, the wolves will eat you."

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A Response to Obama's Nobel Prize
(2 comments) A free verse response to the clamor and noise surrounding Obama's Nobel Prize Award. Sometimes, only poetry (even amateur verse) can say what needs saying....

Wednesday, September 2, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Abortion Wars , Health care and Private Enterprise
What happens when you mix the Abortion Wars and Health Care reform? You get to see the impossibility of ever using moral absolutist reasoning to sort out public policy, especially Health care reform

Wednesday, July 8, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Religion, American Politics and Health Care - a New Day?
(7 comments) I know a little of the Religious Right's history and so I find nothing unusual in having front groups like The Family Research Council and CRAVE (Christians Reviving America's Values) decide that opposing Health Care for all is somehow a family values issue upon which they can pass Biblical judgment. But the fountain of illogic which spews from these sources still takes my breath away: