Getting the Credit

I'm glad I decided to not become a government–"certified" teacher, though I considered it. Instead, I'm an alternative and independent tutor and mentor who is happy and successful because I get to think and act independently, from the strength of my internal compass, well-informed by the living world of bright and breathing evidence as to …

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Pileated Woodpecker . . .

Pileated Woodpeckers! Can you hear them pecking on tree trunks high above you?

Bear in Sight

screen-shot-2017-01-17-at-11-48-13-amIn the new and deep snow on the ground where he dropped the block of suet.

The Pileated Woodpecker is the largest breed of woodpecker in the United States .. I would say that the pair living in my woods are about the size of a raven .. very big.  This is the first year they have decided to make my yard their home.  I enjoy watching them and find some of their stunts amazing and others annoying … ie:  they know how to open up my suet cage and take out the whole block. Thus making them a bit annoying, too. They are also pecking some of the younger trees to the point I am not sure they will survive.

screen-shot-2017-01-17-at-11-49-40-amPileated woodpeckers are commonly mistakenly called a “red-headed” woodpecker .. which they are not.  The red on the head is obvious and bright, but they are not “red headed”…

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Audiobooks: Now That’s What I Call Productivity

I'm a big fan of audiobooks. If I can bring myself to abashedly admit it, I really don't read books so much as I more often listen to them. It isn't about how well I can read or whether I like books or not: I'm a solid reader (English is my first language, I was an …

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East of Eden, in California

John Steinbeck's 'East of Eden' is possibly my favorite book I have ever encountered. It is remarkable in its broad scope of insight into the human condition, following several generations' struggles with good and evil, in particular the way these conflicts unfold within themselves as individuals and in relationships. Steinbeck writes with a gritty spiritual …

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The Comfort of the Land

I was born and grew up in Fresno, California. It is lucky to my heart whenever I get to tell about the place, for I still love it there, and I am proud and always happy to return to my little climatically Mediterranean city at the foot of the great shining Sierra Nevada mountains. It …

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“…advocating on behalf of a variety of perspectives…”

I am pleased with enotes' newly stated stance on educators answering political questions that students ask. Here is a copy of the message from the editorial team I received in early November. It can be tough to know what to do when faced with a question that touches on today's hot-button social and political issues. …

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A Student-Centered Way

The following letter is adapted from a correspondence with a parent of a seventeen-year-old student I have been tutoring. Dear [Parent of Student], Thank you for asking about my tutoring services in relation to the SAT. My educational specialty is in the more holistic side of writing and the humanities. I am certainly able to …

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