Tag: high school

West Egg Noir: The Great Gatsby as Pulp Crime (Part 1 of Steven Explores Gatsby!)

West Egg Noir: The Great Gatsby as Pulp Crime (Part 1 of Steven Explores Gatsby!)
We can all remember that moment when, in high school, the teacher plops the “assigned reading” list on your desk and you groan as the same old warhorses are trotted out to pasture once again. We can also remember the moment when our eyes first met the iconic cover of a slim novel bearing Francis... Read more »

Today on "The Young and the Nerdy": Does Steven want a second chance at High School? (ChicagoNow's Evening Blogapalooz-Hour: Volume XXXV)

Today on "The Young and the Nerdy": Does Steven want a second chance at High School? (ChicagoNow's Evening Blogapalooz-Hour: Volume XXXV)
You wouldn’t think it by looking at me, my chest robust and my muscles rippling, that I had an absolutely dreadful time in high school. It didn’t come from lack of trying, but I was awful at playing the game of popularity and conformity that high school demands of you. I was never one to... Read more »

How Julia Child saved my sanity and started my blogging addiction

How Julia Child saved my sanity and started my blogging addiction
Life is a web twisted with golden braids and sharp nettles. The delicate interweaving of events, people, places, and experiences create the rich tapestry that cloaks our lives. Though people weave in and out of our lives, we are either richer or poorer for having met them. The summer after I graduated high school was... Read more »
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Big Brother meets Carrie: A short musing on our American Education System

Big Brother meets Carrie: A short musing on our American Education System
It’s been a few years since I stopped my formal education. In that time, I have had ample minutes to reflect on the various stages of schooling I was put to. My Preschool through Eighth Grade experience was not a typical one, as I attended the same Lutheran School for that time. It was a... Read more »

How The Golden Girls Saved My Life

How The Golden Girls Saved My Life
News of the Death Hoax of Betty White on Thursday, I decided to share with you a poignant essay I wrote about The Golden Girls: How The Golden Girls Saved My Life High School can be a bitch for a young Lutheran guy with no friends. The first day I started high school, I knew... Read more »

The Three Pillars of a Brilliant Teacher: A Theory from an Avid Learner

The Three Pillars of a Brilliant Teacher: A Theory from an Avid Learner
A few weeks ago, this video was released of a teacher in Georgia willingly and maliciously kneeing a special needs student while we stood in a doorway she was trying to enter. Since the video went viral, the teacher has resigned and been arrested for assault, very rightly so. This blog isn’t about this heinous... Read more »
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The Difficulty of Transition: Navigating the Creases of Life

The Difficulty of Transition: Navigating the Creases of Life
In my life, I have always prided myself on being an excellent observer. As a writer, composer and thinker, I constantly have my eyes open, examining the subtle intricacies that life presents on a silver platter. I have seen magnificent beauty and terrible strife, but each has its place in the fabric of our existence.... Read more »

Schubert in the Suburbs: The Stigma of Classical Music Appreciation

Schubert in the Suburbs: The Stigma of Classical Music Appreciation
My first exposure to opera, and classical music, was an English-language, truncated version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the local high school in fourth grade, presented by Lyric Opera of Chicago. I sat, starry-eyed, as the forces of good and evil battled on the stage, locked in an eternal struggle with some of the... Read more »

Julia Child: A Short Appreciation

Julia Child: A Short Appreciation
“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.” Those words were spoken by incomparable, irreverent Julia Child, the woman who single-handedly changed the fact of American cooking. Now, you may be asking dear readers (and I don’t fault you for asking, and I thank you for being... Read more »
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