Category Archives: History & Politics

Stop the presses – Donald Trump has become a teacher!

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SACO – As a teacher, I try not to comment about specific politicians in my classroom. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 100 times, “our room should be a place where we can talk about almost any idea or belief without the fear that we’ll be ridiculed or looked upon in a negative […]

Thornton Academy senior works toward political future

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  SACO – Most high school seniors spend their final fall semester in school worrying about their favorite team, friends and what they are going to do when their high school years come to an end. Porter Washington, an 18-year-old senior at Thornton Academy, did think about these things, but during the fall semester of […]

Seattle to San Diego by Train

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Seattle to San Diego – World War II has ended. The ship that served as his home for nearly four years is about to be sold for scrap and Jimmy Connelly can’t imagine staying in the Navy another day. Without any real plans, he boards the train in Seattle and heads toward his home outside of […]

Moving south along the California coast

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Another day spent in front of the computer. I don’t want to say it too loud, but I’m finding a rhythm and it seems to help. Today the storyline moved down the California coast and settled into the area near Lake Wohlford (just east of Escondido). I should be here for a few days and […]

From the Berkshires to Bremerton

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Today was another successful day of editing, writing and rewriting. I think I managed to make it through another 50 pages in my book, Homecoming. Today the story went from the foothills of the Berkshires to the Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash. Perhaps this is my favorite sentence of the day. “He had money in his […]

Unintended Consequences – Graduation, Grades, and Goodbyes

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SACO – As a teacher, the end of the year is always a mixed blessing. I know that summer is right around the corner, the weather is usually warmer, and the days are often long and sunny. In school, especially in high school, it’s a time when you say goodbye to students you’ve worked with […]