I Hear it From The Backseat: ARE WE THERE YET? Nope.

If you look at where we are in the Gregorian calendar, we’re closing out year 2018. Nearly 20 years into the 21st Century—but not quite there yet. If time stopped now, we’d fall just short—366 days short. In relation to the annual trip around the sun, that’s a bit over 100-per-cent short. But in relation to time, it’s a blip, a hiccup, a wisp. Since … Continue reading I Hear it From The Backseat: ARE WE THERE YET? Nope.

I Think I’m Finally Growing Up—Maybe Not

© 2018—Robert Chapman/Chapmanesque.com There was a time when a steak dinner at a really nice restaurant was affordable. Don’t get me wrong, I’m arrogantly in my 30s, so I’m more than able to afford a steak dinner at a nice restaurant; it’s a far cry from me ten years ago when I was absolutely not able to afford any kind of dinner at any kind of … Continue reading I Think I’m Finally Growing Up—Maybe Not

Moving Out, Moving In & Moving On Up: Possibly Some Accurate Advice on Adulting.

Photo borrowed from William M. Hamilton’s 2014 POST. As a teacher, the month of July brings mixed feelings. I’m wrapping up summer break, about to dive face-first into registration, lesson plans, testing, football, pep rallies and accountability systems. But that is the life of a high school writing teacher. As said high school writing teacher, I have to get back into that “waking up” routine. I’ve … Continue reading Moving Out, Moving In & Moving On Up: Possibly Some Accurate Advice on Adulting.

We Really Do Take it All for Granted—And I’m Okay with That

Well, hello there. It’s been a while, but I thought I’d drop in again to say hello. I’ve been awfully busy these past few months, finishing a Master’s degree, revamping our live streaming capabilities at the high school, creating a journalism curriculum (if you can call it that), and living out my version of being an SID for a pretty good high school athletic department. … Continue reading We Really Do Take it All for Granted—And I’m Okay with That

To the Class of 2016

If you ask any teacher worth his or her salt, they’re going to tell you that every student is special. There is a special place in the heart of every teacher for their students.But once you get past the generic mushy mess, the sentimentality varies in degree from one class to another, from one student to another. That being said, I’m pretty partial to the … Continue reading To the Class of 2016

MC’s Haworth Makes me Want to be Better

–DISCLAIMER: When my Journalism class starts (one day), I’ll make them “blog” about the experience of preparing an article. This is one of those blog posts.– I’m not talented at many things. I always say my only real talent is growing a beard—and that’s credited to hairy jeans and laziness. Clay Norton, our AD, says I’m knowledgable about all things, master of nothing. I’ll take it. … Continue reading MC’s Haworth Makes me Want to be Better

Go Climb a Tree

First of all, a huge thank you goes to Paige “Peach Cleaner” Hutchison for bringing this to my attention. Have you heard the one about a man in Seattle stuck in a tree? If you haven’t, here’s a brief rundown: A man in Seattle—a disgruntled man in Seattle—climbed to the top of the icon downtown 80-foot sequoia tree and started hurling things at would-be rescuers. … Continue reading Go Climb a Tree

The Messy Life is The Good Life

Have you ever heard of the word ideal? Of course you have. But have you ever thought about what it means? Scholars across the world (and salesmen, for that matter) have tried to define what ideal is. Is it perfect? Is it attainable? Is it even real? Can human beings even understand the ideal? Everyone from Socrates to Aristotle to Plato to Immanuel Kant to Kanye West to Billy Mays … Continue reading The Messy Life is The Good Life

The Perks of Being an Early Bloomer

We’ve been discussing the Postmodern idea in one of my classes that there are no new stories around. Everything is a re-utterance of the past. It’s the idea that history repeats itself (or as my wife would correct me, “trends in history” repeat themselves). Creation, death, dragons, unicorns, Thor—all archetypes from around the world throughout history. In our efforts to clean out and pack up … Continue reading The Perks of Being an Early Bloomer

Looking Forward by Looking Behind

I’d say it’s been a while, but that’s just repeating some things. Driver? Stop Here, Please One of the perks of being an academic teacher who is licensed to drive a bus is that I’m occasionally asked to drive on field trips. Not all field trips are equal, and some are complete wastes of time, but this one was a good’ne. Our AP English teacher … Continue reading Looking Forward by Looking Behind