That’s a photo of a young woman who inspires me by her ability to fish and to, well, inspire. I wrote about Deidrah Stanchfield earlier this year.

They used to call the legendary James Brown the “hardest working man in show business,” and Deidrah earns that sort of title in several categories, including but not limited to being a mom and a trail-blazer—literally and figuratively. I love the lead-by-example approach she takes in her own recovery from substance use disorder and in her work with others. She truly helps others find their own turning points.

I’ve gone fishin’ too. Sometimes you catch the strangest things. This summer I’ve landed not one but two brand new knees, thanks to the wonderful folks at Pen Bay Medical Center! Got a left one in May and just reeled in the right on Monday, so now I have the complete set. Got home yesterday and am in the great care of Kathleen. I’m going to take some time off from writing for several weeks to concentrate on healing.


Loved receiving this photo from teacher friend Bob Distel this week. So, y’all enjoy your July and August beach reading too!


Ned Bachus is the author of Open Admissions: What Teaching at Community College Taught Me About Learning (Wild River Books, 2017) and of the “Turning Points” weekly blog on City of Brotherly Love (Fleur-de-Lis Books), his book of stories, was awarded the 2013 IPPY Gold Medal for Literary Fiction. Bachus’s article, “Learning From Turning Points in Our Teaching Lives,” was featured in the May issue of NEA Higher Education Advocate, which reaches over 150,000 college faculty in the U.S.