Isn’t It Pretty to Think So?

Royals encamp
vacation bliss

Loathed, yet needed
by the townies

Summer after summer
our beach invaded

Some tipped well
some we only saw
up their nostrils

The love-hate
was mostly hate

Save Vanessa —
sweet 'Nessa

It felt so real
authentic

She was different
I thought within
my bubble of 
puppy love

Strolls on the boardwalk
bike rides beyond the park
hands held at the movies
awkward, like Hermie

Royals reinstall
every June
The Wainwrights 
never returned
----
On some nights
for no reason at all
in silent guilt,
while my love rejuvenates
I search for Vanessa

- What is she doing?
- What does she look like?
- Did she marry?
- Have children?

A connection to my "new love"
-Why didn't she come back?

Oh, this one needs work . . .

New Kid (New Kid, #1)

New Kid (New Kid, #1)New Kid by Jerry Craft
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

With colleagues at my school, I am in a book club. We’ve been reading teacher-y books. There was discussion that I missed for an upcoming read. One of the suggestions was this book. I always enjoy suggestions from others. I found this on Hoopla.

Jordan, a black boy, is sent to a ritzy private school. He worries whether he will fit in.

The story is rather remarkable. It isn’t filled with the stereotypical fodder that books like this usually have. Jordan is not down on his luck. He isn’t a financial aid student nor is he there just to fill quotas. But he does encounter some of the racist, devaluing human experiences. And he works through them.

Jerry Craft indeed crafted a very well told story. I thought Jordan’s insight as to being called the wrong name was very well done. The other person isn’t even giving you the time to insult you.

I enjoyed this read.


The book club at work selected to read this for our book study. The discussion that ensued was interesting. I learned that my job is not what I thought it was. I thought I was hired to teach reading, writing, mathematics, and other academic subjects. I was informed I was to teach students to love themselves. It was suggested that I overhaul the materials used to provide diversity as though an individual teacher has that kind of power.

The overriding takeaway, however, was the confirmation of an observation that I made several years ago: people want to talk about themselves. I found it interesting that in a discussion about diversity, I felt unheard. True, I didn’t speak up. As a white male, my voice in a diversity discussion is not valued. “Everything” is catered to me, so I have nothing to add, it is perceived.

So, in the book about attending a fancy private school and not fitting in my voice of being just like the main character wouldn’t have gone down well (wrong color). Or as a man in a predominantly female profession, expressing my feelings of being an outcast would not have been valued (wrong gender). If I corrected the mischaracterization of something said, I would have been scoffed as
“old school.”

No, I practiced my best Aaron Burr: talk less, smile more.

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Tax Day

Fifteen years or so ago, I asked my colleagues what was special about the day. But a few could tell me it was Pearl Harbor Day. Today is tax day, but I suspect it would be equally unknown.

Unlike Pearl Harbor, however, I believe why 15 April is not noteworthy is because it is no longer a hard date. Every year in recent history, it seems, the date to file taxes is extended.

When there is no deadline, just a moving target, then the audience doesn’t have motivation to get the job done.

I’ll be the first one to call for the end of income taxes altogether, but that isn’t going to happen. So, since it needs to be done, have a hard deadline. If April isn’t ideal for some reason, change the date. I am okay with that. But have a date and keep to it.

For me, this is an indication that we are too loose with our standards.

Lost (Batman: Dark Victory #4)

Lost (Batman: Dark Victory #4)Lost by Jeph Loeb
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Loeb’s storytelling is good. I’ve had a break between #3 and $4, but I am easily able to pick up the story. Two Face is missing. Batman seeks him out in the city’s underground. There he encounters Solomon Grundy who Batman has tranqulized. Batman sees parallels in their lives including Two Face: isloated, brooding, alone. I can relate.

Meanwhile, Catwoman propositions Sofia. She promises to retrieve Sofia’s dead father’s corpse in exchange for $1,000,000.

Jim misses Barbara. He informs the new DA that he will assemble a secret task force of new officers who Chief O’Hara recommended before he died to investigate Harvey’s disappearance.

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Jesse’s cemetery cache

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The weather has turned. The days are longer. Despite wanting to geocache today, it became somewhat of a lazy day with the children playing games and watching television. They are so into the Good Doctor!

Anyhow, early this evening, I took a ride. I was heading one way when I decided I wanted to go another. And here was this geocache. I’ve cached this area previously, yet I don’t ever recall seeing this one listed. I think senility has settled in as how could I have not seen this before?

Nevertheless, I diverted myself over this way and made the easy find. I can’t recall ever having been to this cemetery before, but given the above, who knows?

The contents were a bit damp, but nothing is ruined. Was able to sign the log without trouble.

Thank you for placing this for me to find today; I appreciate it.

Fragile

Silence is the maddening straitjacket 
of my life, constricting me

I wear dark blue and gray so as not to stand out 
among the pink-darned argyle and red-headed 
coiffed hipsters of the city

I make hidden allusions for my entertainment
that will be lost either due to my continued 
isolation or the progress of my mind's disease

Seemingly anything said or done ultimately
garners negativity so I continue to contract
to reduce my footprint
to wallow
to hide
to live in my shell
like Naomi's preacher
my own private turtle

Muted . . . for my own protection

inhaling roses