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A Small Oasis

It’s a remnant of an earlier time, back when the High Line was simply an overgrown former elevated rail track and Gansevoort Street was stained red with the blood of slaughtered animals.

The Deceptively Innocuous Task of Teaching English

Nothing is trendier or, as a teacher, more likely to get your story turned into a Hollywood film about how you helped an inner city kid become this century’s Twain than to be an English Literature teacher.

Saying A Sermon

Keep talking. Eventually, you assume, something will make sense. Pieces and parts of pieces will be put together, and the sense-making that has happened in your head will become public knowledge.

3 Grimm Fairy Tales that Didn’t Make the Disney Cut

Either the Brothers Grimm had a cunningly nonchalant attitude toward morbidity, or German children simply grew up with stronger stomachs in those days.

My All-Time Favorite Math Problem (And Why It Matters)

But mathematics at its best is a pursuit into the unknown, equipped with a few tools with which you are familiar and a solution that requires an innovative use for them.

So, You Just Broke Up…

Be brave. Be smart. Make mistakes, but the smallish kind if you can help it. Call someone with high-waisted pants and have them buy you a milkshake.

They Don’t Want You to Win

They Don’t Want You to Win

by | Feb 23, 2016

Their goal is to recruit you: to get you to sign on and give up. And many times, they get what they want.

Shakespeare at the Y: The 7 Stages of Male Nudity

Shakespeare at the Y: The 7 Stages of Male Nudity

All the world’s a men’s YMCA locker room, / And all the men merely exercisers; / They have their exits and their entrances / And varied levels of clothing, / And one man in his time wears many towels.

Morning in Middle America Featuring Kanye West

Morning in Middle America Featuring Kanye West

Kanye West didn’t say anything as his shovel joined the early-morning chorus. He liked his neighbor and might have greeted her, but he was still groggy and would have preferred to stay in bed.

Muggles and the Moral Imperative of the Magical World

Muggles and the Moral Imperative of the Magical World

The wizarding world finds itself again divided on an issue as deep and recurring as blood: what to do about the Muggles.

Choose Your Own Monday

Choose Your Own Monday

If you pick a banana, some honey, and a bowl of instant oatmeal go to 5. If you choose an everything bagel and heaping serving of cream cheese, go to 4.

Miracle Drug

Miracle Drug

There are other rules too, in addition to these. Sit tight. Speak clearly. Press CALL if you need anything. Know your medication (Trivora, prednisone, plaquenil, Tylenol). Have insurance.

#blessed

#blessed

The word was used to translate the Latin benedicere, or “to speak well of,” which was used to translate the Hebrew brk, or “to bend.” To bless, then is to bend toward holiness.

Seeing the Mountains

Seeing the Mountains

Vielkind fancies himself a portraitist. He sculpts the mountains many faces as a 19th century artist might have rendered a royal patron. His concern is showing the mountains at their best.

Good and Broken

Good and Broken

You’re always wondering what it means to live a good life. Someone sat at a table the other day, watched you wipe down a counter, and asked you if you want to serve coffee for the rest of your life.

Imponderable

Imponderable

In the tops of the leafless bushes that stood shoulder height along the path, a sea of spider webs swayed in the soft wind—hundreds and hundreds of webs, perfectly spun and glistening with dew in the morning light.

Ladies Celebrating Ladies: Galentine’s Day

Ladies Celebrating Ladies: Galentine’s Day

“Galentine’s Day is about celebrating lady friends,” said the holiday’s founder, Leslie Knope of Pawnee, Indiana. “We leave our husbands and boyfriends at home and just come and kick it breakfast-style.”

The Heavens

The Heavens

On the outskirts of town, there’s no telling where the snow ends and the sky begins. It’s hard to hear the glory today.

Day 237: The Kitten Chronicles

Day 237: The Kitten Chronicles

But the bottle cap has disappeared into the space beneath the big, cold, white box. She has long since learned that is a dark place from which bottle caps do not return. She does not mourn its loss.

thesis, conclusion

thesis, conclusion

The tutor listens quietly. The anxious student is her seventh of the day. It’s a decent paper already, and convincing the student to restructure might be more trouble than it’s worth.

Chief

Chief

He walked around naked in the locker room because that’s what the older boys did. He seemed to be naked more than other people. He was the Chief, after all.

Bests, Mosts, Worsts: A 2015 Retrospective

Bests, Mosts, Worsts: A 2015 Retrospective

While Reeves is rightly lambasted for his wooden acting, sometimes he surprises you, as he did in the horror thriller Knock Knock. His rant about free pizza is a genius, Oscar-worthy performance.

Report Card

Report Card

On Wednesday, your child turned in a list of ideas for creative writing assignments instead of the assigned argument essay. On Friday, I collected a love note from your child to another student in the class. It said…

Going Green

Going Green

Ten-foot-tall green letters shout 21+ MARIJUANA to every northbound vehicle on Martin Luther King Jr Way. The arrow that runs beneath the letters points across the street to a stubby building marked by a green cross. 21+ Recreational Marijuana! hangs in the front window.

How to Shop for Groceries in New York, Or, First World Problems

How to Shop for Groceries in New York, Or, First World Problems

You do not get anything frozen, because your refrigerator sits under your counter, and the “freezer” area of it does not actually freeze anything.

Where Is Home?

Where Is Home?

The answer can act as a balm; even speaking the name can reseal the permanent connection to the fact that travelers are not always traveling,

A Man of a Different Time

A Man of a Different Time

I realized then that he was calling from a house phone. I have become so used to caller ID coming in from cell phones that I never thought the information on my phone could be incorrect.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatheads

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatheads

If you are reading this, congratulations. You received this from the past. You have the benefit of hindsight, recaps, twenty-four-hour news cycles.

Five Reasons English Rules the World

Five Reasons English Rules the World

English’s hegemony is causing the rapid and irreversable death of less-spoken languages, and with the death of these langauges die rich histories and cultures.