Category Archives: Editor’s Notes

The top 5 reasons to take a walk in the snow

If you listened to the weather reports, this part of the state is supposed to see a new blanket of snow by the end of the day. Some of the forecasts say we’ll see a mixture of rain and snow, others say mostly rain, and there are a brave few who say we’ll see mostly snow.

In any case, it seemed like a good excuse to go for a walk with the dog. If you are at all like me, just being outside will start to make you think. So here are my top five reasons why you should join me and take a step outside today.

Authors: never leave home without this in the trunk of your car

SACO – Not unlike many other fall seasons, this year has been very busy. Each year as school starts, I frantically try to learn about more than 100 new students, figure out a routine for the work day and family life, and continue to pursue my dream of writing and publishing. This year, I am […]

Fair skies, warm temperatures, and a 32-mile ride to the Donut Hole

Buxton – After four weeks sitting on the shelf (cracked clavicle and separated shoulder) it was time to ride again. The weather was beautiful. The air was cool and crisp and there was a hint of autumn as the temperatures hovered around 50 degrees. As we were leaving, we knew that as the sun crept […]

After four years of work, a novel comes to life

SACO – Thinking about it now, it’s hard for me to believe that I started working on my novel four years ago, and this past week, I sent the final edits to the publisher for review. With any kind of luck, I’ll see a printed, proof copy of the book within a few weeks. One […]

A Story in Every Face – Humans of Thornton Academy

SACO – As a teacher, I am always looking for a way to engage my students and get them more involved in the work we are doing in class. Part of that search for meaningful work often leads me to look at the tools, systems, and the projects my colleagues are using in their courses. […]

One of the Best Lessons for Students and Teachers

SACO – For teachers, Saturdays are often days to catch up on grading, sleep in a bit later, and generally recharge for the coming week. This past Saturday, as 150 students from 16 different high schools gathered at Thornton Academy, I was again reminded why I chose to leave the corporate world behind and enter […]

Ballroom Dancing Comes to a Maine Classroom

SACO – High school students, especially boys, may be reticent about sharing their interests and passions. More than anything, they often want to remain as a part of the crowd of students that sometimes silently fill the hallways and classrooms of their school.  When Vojtech (“Vojta”) Machtyka decided to leave his home in the Czech […]

The 10 Best Pieces of Advice for a Happy and Healthy New Year

I am not a life coach, fitness guru, or even an academic all-star. I’m just a husband, father, grandfather, teacher, student, writer, cyclist, runner, and sometimes a grumpy older man who’s lived more than half a century. Given that it’s almost the beginning of a new year, I thought I ‘d write about a few […]