The Substitute Teacher

This isn’t one of those I wander in and know immediately I’m going to change some dust bunny-sized portion of the world for the better days. It’s not even one of those yell a little to assert dominance, read the instructions to the class, and then kick back to read the online paper while filling out pointless job applications and hollering every 11 minutes and 32 second to get off that YouTube and do your work days. This is a hold your head above the water and pray no kid under your jurisdiction starts swinging at another for calling his mama a homo sort of days.

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Why Pittsburgh Is Beautiful.

In honor of the Steelers’ first game of the season against the cheating Patriots (y’all can keep Antonio Brown–have a stellar time with that drama snowball), here are some snazzy shots of one of the more underrated cities in America. Before moving here, I imagined soot-streaked steel mills belching smoke into a gray sky. Of…

Munich Day Trips: Hiking the Karwendel

München is one of Germany’s most beautiful cities. From the iconic Marienplatz (dating back to the middle ages!) and various Biergärten to the Englischer Garten and the river surfers, exciting activities abound. Summertime München is a breath of fresh air and an outdoor-lover’s paradise. Cars are a hindrance; bicycle paths are everywhere. The bright crystal…

Speak Stupid and Carry a Big Stick: The Demise of the Educated American.

The U.S.A. and her educational crisis “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela. Once, we were a nation that understood this: education is essential for freedom, for a functioning democracy, for change, for hope, and for a better world. But we have committed the great travesty…

The Page of Three Amazing Adventures: Page, AZ.

Honeymooning on a Budget, part three. Sadly, we did have to leave all of this and return home at some point. At least we have a beach upon return, thus cushioning the fall back to reality. To say the adventure out West was breath-robbing, eye-boggling, leg-soreness-inducing incredible is an understatement….Hence the robust utilization of photographs…

Beautiful Bryce Canyon

Day II In UTAH Honeymooning on a budget Hoodoos, hoodoos, everywhere! Famous for its gorgeous sunsets and sunrises, pinks and reds and oranges gently soaking the sky and warm stones, Bryce Canyon provides an exciting playground, any time of the year. Easily accessible for families, one can park at Sunset Point; in less than 100…

Beyond the Lousy Paycheck: 10 Reasons Teachers Are Dashing in Droves

Education is our future; I and millions of other teachers are shaping that future. We make hundreds of split-second decisions every hour, from answering content-related questions to comforting a sobbing student to giving life advice. Teaching is a mental whirlwind, and an occupation laden with immense, overlooked responsibility. Perhaps more and more of the public is behind us, but we keep electing politicians who are not.