Teaching ‘The Great Gatsby’ at 7:30 a.m.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 in Other Writing
Teaching ‘The Great Gatsby’ at 7:30 a.m.

Gary sat in the cubicle next to me during my two weeks as a substitute English teacher at Bartlett High School. I liked Gary. He was only 25 or so, but he seemed in control of himself; organized, focused and vibrant. He was not yet as cynical as I am. Cynicism is a healthy thing. It cushions reality’s ...

Requiem for the Courier News

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 in Other Writing
Requiem for the Courier News

My Dad spent 33 years at Woodruff & Edwards, the last several as a foreman. Mercifully, he died before the iron foundry folded, the victim of cheap foreign labor and a national shift away from manufacturing. I, sadly, was not spared such indignity. After 37 years at the Courier News — the last 15 or ...