He just needed a boost

He was wide-framed, covered in baby fat, and young. Genetics had not done him a favor. As an eight grader, he lost every one of his heavyweight wrestling matches. Tommy had ballast, but no strength. Now as a big freshman playing high school football, he was little more than a blocking dummy. His strategy to [...]

Good Enough to be her Friend

Over my 47 years in education, I have seen students at their best and students at their worst. Parents provide a launch point from which a child gathers about them their strategies for life. Pouting, for instance, if successful becomes a lifelong strategy. Another strategy comes by being comfortable with one's self. Add empathy and [...]

NASA: for the love of Io

In front of me on a gray fold-up table was the mess I had created during my time working as a NASA teacher assigned to the Galileo Space Mission based at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Northridge, California. The Ute tribes of Southwestern Colorado and the Ignacio School District had nominated  me and several Ute [...]

The Strawberry Bus

When we moved to a small logging community in Northwest Oregon, we were introduced to a new lifestyle. The city swimming pool was a couple of logs damming the local stream. The pool even had a life guard. At 2:am every workday, the diesel motors of the many log trucks began idling . 50 or [...]

Working for NASA

I feel fortunate that I have nearly always been in the right place at the right time. That is for sure the reason for my stint with NASA at the Jet Propulsion Lab at Northridge. The Southern Ute Tribe and the Ignacio School District together entered me as a possible NASA Teacher. Several Ute students [...]

My Last Fight

It was a good job for a bad reason. About to start college, I landed a job as a entry level care giver at the State Home and Training School. The patients were mostly very low IQ, now wards of the state for a variety of reasons. The dormitory in which I worked was the [...]

Chief

As our pickup slowly descended down the gravel road into the small canyon below, it was like passing into another time. The ranch took up all of the flat space in this magical valley. The 300 hundred acres were divided somewhat evenly between hay ground and horse pasture. The old red barn complimented the brown [...]