Monthly Archives: August 2009

Unfinished essay

My girls love the story of Les Champignons. It can be an interesting experience to know a language that other people don’t realize you know. You can overhear all sorts of things that people wouldn’t have dreamed of said in … Continue reading

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The first day of school is always the hardest

The first day of the school year is always the hardest — not for the kids, but for me. I woke the girls up around 6:40 this morning, and even though neither one of them jumped for joy at getting … Continue reading

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Integration is a two-way street

This is the way I remember it. The traffic circle at the end of the taptap route from Port-au-Prince to PĂ©tionville is a bustling place. If you don’t mind dealing with fast-talking money traders, you can pull out your U.S. … Continue reading

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The Quiet One

As any experienced teacher can tell you, it’s not the obvious troublemakers you have to watch out for: It’s the bored honors student. The regular troublemakers are always easy to spot, because they always get into the same mischief. If … Continue reading

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Morning rituals for success

It’s breakfast time in the Learn household, and like every other family on the face of God’s green earth, we have rituals that frame our lives and give them meaning. These rituals cannot be broken, or the day is ruined. … Continue reading

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Anorme Part 11

The story of Rachael Stone Crow continues: “You’ve seen President Obama?” Rachael asked, impressed. Too young to vote, she nonetheless had been captivated by the president’s inspiring campaign and his commitment to make government work for the people instead of … Continue reading

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A pirate looks at 39

In about six more hours, the sun will set on my 39th birthday. As milemarkers go, 39 isn’t one of the big ones. For one thing, it doesn’t end in zero like many landmark ages and anniversaries. And while it … Continue reading

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The problem with a public option

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Well, that sucks

I just spent an hour on the phone with my brother trying to clear the air, and all I think I succeeded in doing was to make it worse. A little backstory. Like almost everyone else in America, my brother … Continue reading

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Must-see TV

List 10 TV shows you have watched that you expect to share with your children when they reach the right age. Explain your choices if you want to. 1. M*A*S*H. Unlike the movie that inspired it, M*A*S*H moved beyond a … Continue reading

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