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An Essay


The following is the essay I wrote for the Teacher of the Year selection process.  Again, I thank all of my fellow teachers who voted for me. To Emulate the Gardener Henry Adams, President Lincoln’s ambassador to London, once said “a teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops”. Think of all … Continue reading

What Lou Gehrig Can Teach Us About Rhetorical Claims


Lou Gehrig (1903-1941), one of the greatest Yankee baseball players in history, had a great career.  He was called the “Iron Horse” because he held a 2,130 consecutive games played streak before retiring in 1939 due to being diagnosed with ALS.  His batting average was .340 and he still holds two of the greatest RBI … Continue reading

Being Xenophanes: How to Write Satire


Today a former student of mine wandered into my room with paper in hand ready for me to churn out writing tips.  This student will graduate in a few weeks, and he has been assigned to write a satirical piece of his choosing about a social issue.  Like Xenophanes of the 6th century who traveled … Continue reading

How to Write Descriptively With Metaphors


Metaphors are one of the most used literary devices in the English language second only to similes. The problem with using similes is that they often cause your writing to become a mine field of quantifiers. (i.e. His breath was like the foul smell of a garbage heap and his face was like a pock … Continue reading