Category Archives: Teaching

On Vacation, Travel, and Rest

Well, I’ve been back from the West Coast for a few days now.  The sleep pattern is almost normal.  Some of my routines have finally started to kick back in.  The laundry has been done.  I’ve got a few more … Continue reading

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On Being Occupied

I think often of this story from Jesus, particularly during times like spring break: 43 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44 Then it says, ‘I will … Continue reading

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Spring Break Start

Spring break has sprung.  And it is much-needed.  The third quarter of the year is always a little rust.  This year especially so.  Every day felt like an avalanche.  No matter how prepared I was (some days more than others, … Continue reading

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Out-of-Date Update?

This past weekend I finally made it to the “barracks” of the Others from LOST.  We took a group of students to Camp Erdman for a day camp, our first off-site trip like that in over a year.  It was … Continue reading

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A Tale of Time

I’m about 30 pages into Chuck Klosterman’s The Nineties.  Klosterman is one of my favorite non-fiction writers, especially when it comes to American pop culture.  The book looks to be a 300-page dissection of what it was like to live … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Best: Shakespeare Failing

A little bit of Shakespeare humor at WuMo today.  Nothing like punishing creativity, I suppose.  Though you should work with the prompt that you’re given . . . (image from

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Walking on Eggshells

Today was the second day of the semester.  And even though it wasn’t classroom-heavy (which is actually what I prefer), it was still something of a doozy.  On some level, time in the classroom “protects” me from my other disparate … Continue reading

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Last Chance to Breathe?

For those keeping up, yesterday’s Covid test came back negative.  So yesterday afternoon included a basketball game and time with the neighbors.  But today?  That’s the million-dollar, end-of-vacation question. This semester will be an ending of sorts, mostly by choice.  … Continue reading

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Learning about Learning

Even when I’m on break, I think a good deal about the classroom.  This break I’ve been reading Matthew Mullins’s Enjoying the Bible, which is a nice literary approach to the Bible that doesn’t land in some soft “Bible as … Continue reading

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Short Stack for Winter Break

Today was my last day in the classroom until 2022. It was all a bit of a rush, getting things as ready as possible in case Covid takes things in a different direction when the new semester starts. So finishing … Continue reading

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