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January 16, 2020

Something Beautiful About Us

(originally published October 2018; updated Jan. 16, 2020)

In his 1955 book God's Country and Mine: A Declaration of Love Spiced with a Few Harsh Words, cultural historian Jacques Barzun wrote: “Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of Ame...

November 9, 2018

Facebook.  Whether you love it or hate it, it's been woven into the fabric of our lives in a very real way, and while some people have resisted the urge to put themselves (or some version of themselves) out there for the world to see, I'm not one of those resisters....

October 19, 2018

(Note to readers:  The following was part of my presentation at the 2018 Fox Cities Book Festival, a session bearing the same title as this blog post.  Many thanks to the FCBF, the Neenah Public Library, and Meghan Odegard for making the session possible.)


March 8, 2018


Spring break this year was early and brief for Luxemburg-Casco, the district where I teach, but it wasn’t without special moments.  On Saturday and Sunday, my daughter Genevieve (Viva) and I were able to go to the park and spend a few hours playing ball. She...

March 6, 2018

“Vietnam Vietnam Vietnam, we’ve all been there.”

Michael Herr, Dispatches

In my Advanced Placement Literature and Composition course at Luxemburg-Casco High School, one of our major units of study addresses America’s literary responses to warfare.  It is an intriguing un...

January 28, 2018

Over the last week, I’ve been giving considerable thought to the themes that motivate my forthcoming novel: the far-reaching (and often unrecognized) effects of war and the importance of storytelling in the process of healing moral and psychological wounds suffered by...

January 9, 2018

When scrolling down the homepage of my site, some of you might wonder about the grainy photograph alongside the quote from Tim O’Brien’s “The Lives of the Dead.”  That’s me on the left, back before I began sporting a beard nearly a decade ago.  On the right is Tom Myer...

January 5, 2018

My AP Lit students have just begun reading one of my favorite novels, Don DeLillo's White Noise.  After reading the first fifty pages, many of them are left a bit befuddled.  While some of their head-scratching is understandable given that we've just returned from a lo...

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