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July 12, 2019


Step over to the public square

Snag a bench in the shade

I am safe

from the oppressive South Carolina sun

Crack a book about the adolescent brain

Because even though a teacher

Is physically off for summer

The mental game never strays

Few pages in before

A man situa...

March 15, 2019

If you don’t like something, change it.  If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”        ~Dr. Maya Angelou

As teachers, there are a few phrases that tend to just roll off the tongue.  “It’s great to see y’all!…Come on, let’s go;...

August 18, 2018

In Ethics from the New Millennium the Dalia Llama said,  “As I understand it, teachers who impart their knowledge to students is the most compassionate form of giving- especially when it is without any thought and it is grounded in genuine concern for others.”...

August 3, 2018

Instagram is like a personal museum exhibiting the best photos and videos of yourself, so --of course-- not one single post would be about you chilling in your house, spending what felt like five minutes but is really an hour mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, jum...

June 23, 2018

With the school year finished, I wasn’t aware that I was the one who had still not taken their final.  Life served me my test last Thursday. 

Riding with my buddy Roberto and Pete, we took the hour drive from Ventura to a little slice of paradise 30 miles...

June 9, 2018


We’ve all been there.  Life happens fast and major moments, important conversations can get passed by before we can truly process what’s happened. When you’re getting married I imagine the stress is high, making sure everything is ready for the wedding.  When you’re...

June 2, 2018

My time in California has come full circle.

It’s truly hard to say goodbye to an area and community that I have embraced and considered home;  however, after a lot of reflection and talking with family and friends, I’ve decided that I will be leaving California at the e...

May 19, 2018

Kinesthetic empathy.

That’s how Donald Glover, musically known as Childish Gambino, was able to keep people hooked into watching his latest music video “This Is America.”   In just under two weeks, his video has been streamed over 140 million times.  It’s officially gon...

May 4, 2018

When it became time to take the words that stemmed from my pen and turn them into a coherent and concise speech in front of a packed courthouse, I took some deep breathes and spoke about what it means to be a part of a community.

For context, there was a stabbing just o...

March 24, 2018

I was nervous and anxious before standing up in front of packed house.  I only knew half the people.  I wondered what place poetry had in public.  A packed bar was about to hear this poet profess his Ph.D. on poverty.

At the release party for No...

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