1. An Introduction to Poetry


    April 4, 2017 by Ray Yanek

      I’ve been a fan of poet Billy Collins ever since I taught his poem “Creatures” to a sophomore English …
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  2. Festivus Kool-Aid or, Hangin’ with Murph…and crying.

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    March 31, 2017 by Ray Yanek

      This is a check-in in response to some of the fitness goals I posted here. Goal 1:  The Festivus …
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  3. Writing Retreats in a Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland


    March 28, 2017 by Ray Yanek

    With the advent of spring it naturally follows that you start looking to reclaim  the post-apocalyptic wasteland your yard morphed …
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  4. Flying to Neverland– via Plunis

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    March 24, 2017 by Ray Yanek

    My son is playing John in the school production of Peter Pan.  He’s in the sixth grade, this is his …
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  5. Fitness Goals and that Purple Kool-Aid


    March 21, 2017 by Ray Yanek

      I do better when I have goals.  I do even better still when I have a system of accountability. …
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  6. Virtuosity in a Box

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    March 14, 2017 by Ray Yanek

    By Takeshi Kuboki [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons   I used to coach high school football many years …
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  7. Shedding Light–The Photography of Mark Hallowell


    March 2, 2017 by Ray Yanek

    A long time ago, I had a student named Mark Hallowell.  He was a stocky kid, big in the shoulders, …
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