Do Not Owe Anyone a Gold Medal

I am perplexed by the thought of an eighteen year-old’s statement “do not owe anyone a gold medal.”  This is the response by eighteen year-old Sunisa Lee.  Miss Lee is one of the United States’ gymnasts who earned a silver medal in the team competition.  I want us adults – let’s say 35 year-olds and

Congratulations! You’re hired!

“Mr. Everts, we here at ‘Right Side of History Enterprises’ are happy to say, due to your qualifications:  white / heterosexual male (cisgender, if you will) / fifty-five years old / Christian meet our ‘Team Equity’ standards … YOU HAVE THE JOB!”  I believe … strongly believe … this is going to be the United

Critical Crossroad

Letter to My Students – Sixth Letter in a Series  Hello:First, as always and since July 3, 1989 – I love you.  You mean a lot to me.  One of the cool things about being a high school music teacher?  More often than not … MUCH MORE OFTEN (sorry – NOT sorry – for the

Nothing to See Here – 01

I want to be careful to NOT make this blog “feature” the length of a THE ATLANTIC article.  Just started to read a lengthy article and instead of reading it, I thought I would listen to it.  There are publications that have audio presentations.  This audio presentation of THE ATLANTIC article is 45 minutes!!  My

This Memorial Day is Different for Me

Letter to My Students – Fifth Letter in a Series (Memorial Day 2021) Hello:First, as always and since July 3, 1989 – I love you.  You mean a lot to me.  One of the cool things about being a high school music teacher?  More often than not … MUCH MORE OFTEN (sorry – NOT sorry

Commencement Speech 2021

Letter to My Students – Fourth Letter in a Series Hello:First, as always and since July 3, 1989 – I love you.  You mean a lot to me.  One of the cool things about being a high school music teacher?  More often than not … MUCH MORE OFTEN (sorry – NOT sorry – for the