Great to see the Washington Post run an opinion piece about the vital role played by community colleges in America. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/05/02/community-college-saved-my-life/?fbclid=IwAR1jNRdLk9ZJR0-TflrbMLPSsjwGOgPGfOt8xqUVhOvMYHrDajfRPxVb6ck Writer Jen Balderama speaks from personal experience in this powerful article (for days it’s been one of the WaPo’s most popular opinion pieces). This one-time cc student’s career speaks for itself. At the top … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—That Resource We Underestimate
On Saturday, March 20, 1971, Blackthorn Rugby Football Club played its first match (in Hatboro, PA, USA). It also was my first rugby game as a player. Caught up with the excitement, I knew immediately that I’d begun something I would want to continue, but I had no idea just how much rugby would influence … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—A Half-Century of Belonging—and Learning
It’s Sunday afternoon, and from the voice on the other end of the line, I can tell that my hospitalized curmudgeon friend is practically cheery today—even with a big diagnostic procedure looming tomorrow. His wife texts me how thrilled he is to learn that his new hospital roommate used to work for their favorite NFL … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Angels and Ordinary Beings
Four years ago on the film’s 25th anniversary, Chicago Tribune writer Ted Slowik called Groundhog Day “the best movie ever made.” Strong praise for a Bill Murray comedy, even though it’s one of my favorite movies. https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/opinion/ct-sta-slowik-groundhog-day-st-0201-20170131-story.html February 2. You know the drill. Cut to Punxsutawney, PA, where, in delightfully unscientific fashion, top-hatted town officials … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Happy Groundhog Day, Happy Groundhog Day, Happy Groundhog Day!
The post a few weeks ago about “reciprocal determinism” prompted a reply from the son of very old friends. Ian Hincken (pictured with his Dad, Ed) shared how Albert Bandura’s psychological concept neatly explained how his family and rugby environment/situational factor in his childhood and adolescence impacted how he thought about the world and about … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Family and Rugby Culture Launch an International Life
When Kathleen and I and our two dogs moved to Maine nine years ago, squeezed into our two-door Civic along with boxes and bags of personal belongings, we came in one fell swoop, hot on the taillights of the moving van that contained the rest of our worldly possessions. One day. But getting the idea … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—The Long And Winding Road To Maine
Three years ago, Wild River Books launched Open Admissions: What Teaching at Community College Taught Me About Learning at Philadelphia’s historic Mermaid Inn, home to my own Sacred CowBoys and numerous other Philly-based performers. The occasionally raucous event featured a conversation with Community College of Philadelphia Vice President Judith Gay and me about the importance … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—And Open Admissions
Lucie “Lulu” Tempier Peyraud died Wednesday morning, two months before her 103rd birthday. After she married Lucien Peyraud in 1936, her father gave the couple a farm property on which to live. Through decades of hard work there, the couple and their seven children developed a world-class vineyard and successful family business. Lulu cooked for … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—What a French Mother of Seven and Cook Has Given the World