Grassroots Campaigns, Gay Marriage and My Summer in the City

written July 28, 2012   Last night while on the Loop, flagging down people for Grassroots Campaigns with a wave and smile to ask “Hi! Would you like to help gay rights?” I felt like Kevin Costner before his last pitch in For Love of the Game, summoning whatever gumption of goodwill I had left….

Snow in August?

written August 10, 2012 Another brief message, now in the a.m., before meeting the visiting nuclear family for breakfast–at their Best Western hotel, no less! I received a call, two afternoons ago, that my arriving family was stranded in the web Shaw, the neighborhood just to the west with through streets at a premium.  Eventually…

A Snake of Good-Intentions/Art Show!

written September 14, 2013   This morning I was at a Walk for Farm Animals in Tower Grove Park.  The total good that we supplied to the world may be debated, the participants on the whole probably felt they were making a difference.  Many holding signs and others giving (friendly) chants, we were a snake…

The Island Within A Maze

written April 21, 2012   One of biggest surprises of teaching so far is that I really enjoy being in what they call “behavioral rooms.”  These are sparsely populated classes that are somehow deemed temperamentally unfit to be in regular classrooms, who all work at a lower level.  What is perhaps most rewarding, in an…

Mayor Slay Comes Calling

written August 5, 2012     As a child I loved the poet Shel Silverstein.  My favorite of his poems, ironically, dealt comeuppances to erratic, irresponsible characters.  I could see myself in their crises, I suppose.  The long-overdue library book that elicits fear of punishment, or the grisly end of the pushy Pamela Purse.  Today,…

Home Away From Home

written April 19, 2012     I’ve been on a home hunt for about a week.  The Gallery on Washington,  a St. Louis apartment complex on the admittedly dodgy far-east side of the tony Central West End neighborhood, was my first track.  I found a picked-over efficiency apartment carcass for over $700 (large enough for…