Making progress (from pole to pole)

Making progress (from pole to pole) Last summer, when I was training for a 5k, to keep myself focused and motivated I often jogged from light pole to light pole. Visual markers were instrumental for my progress. I had to see the finish line. Harvard psychologist Amy Cuddy, explains that people do not accomplish their […]

Get your WoFo Gear!

Get your WoFo Gear Hey Everyone, The Write on Fight on “Custom Ink” store is open for the next 12 days. Grab a “Life favors the brave” hoodie or t-shirt, roll your back shoulders, and take your chances.Ā  Be well, Jay

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A long post about a lot of stuff

A longer post about a lot of stuff Today’s post is longer than usual because I’m a teacher and I’m on summer break and because day-time television stinks and because writing is away to avoid doing housework and because I’ve got a lot to tell you and I know you’ll listen. So on Monday I […]

The 21 Day Freedom Challenge

The 21 Day Freedom Challenge Celebrating the Fourth of July this week I heard the word freedom tossed around a lot. George Washington won our freedom from the British and the American military has kept us free since and it’s wonderful. I teach many Indian students whose parents were born in India and immigrated to […]

The World Really Needs Your Genius

The World Really Needs Your Genius I am not religious. 16 years of catholic school (elementary, high school and college) can do that to you. When it comes to religion I have more questions than creeds. I hope to one day figure the whole religion thing out. But today I’m not here to share my […]


Perspective A dear friend who has pancreatic cancer is not doing well. I thought a lot about her this weekend. About how she’s fighting terminal cancer and I’m out here complaining about heat and traffic and food prices and gas prices and how my children can be so ungrateful sometimes as a person I love, […]

Book Update: The Specialness that Young Men Crave

Book Update: The Specialness that Young Men Crave I’m writing a book for young men about young men and their mental health. The working title is “Why are the Suburban Boys Killing Themselves?” The book was inspired by the life and death of one of my students and the growing mental health crisis facing young […]

Sometimes there are sirens…

Sometimes there are sirens… My brother and his now-wife got married on Saturday. It was an absolute stunner of a wedding. The ceremony was on the roof of an old, out-of-commission South Philadelphia high school.   For months I watched my brother and his then-fiancee strain and stress over wedding preparations. From the food to […]

Goodbye Room A-205

Goodbye Room A-205 For the past 13 years Room A-205 has been my classroom. However, due to some logistical changes coming next school year, I accepted to move to a new classroom. I’m just down the hall but as my long-time hallway neighbor joked, “it’s like being a thousand miles away.” A-205 was the first […]

A Little Help from My Friends

A Little Help from My Friends Hey everyone, I’m gathering research for my book and I could use your help. I’ve created this survey asking young men (ages 16-24) questions about mental health and masculinity. If you’re a young man between the ages 16-24 I encourage you to complete the survey. And if you do […]

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