Back when I was a teacher at the Lower Manhattan Outreach Center, an alternative program for dropouts and near dropouts that existed for years until it was “reformed” out of business — we had to experience “Principal for a Day.”  Our guest principal was some Wall Street investment type who suggested that students who’d been […]

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Marion on April 19, 2011

Think back to the 2008 presidential campaigns.  Between the candidates and their running mates, there were four compelling and uniquely American narratives to capture the public’s imagination: John McCain, who as a callow young soldier learned the true meaning of courage during his imprisonment behind enemy lines. Sarah Palin, the soccer-mom plucked from near obscurity […]

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Marion on April 17, 2011

“A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.”    — Ingrid Newkirk, President, PETA I’ve always had an ambivalent relationship with meat. Where I’m at now is a belief that if one is not a vegan, one can at least be conscious of what meat is, not celebrate it, and try to limit […]

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