Category: Life Lessons

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 […]

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Perspective


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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Welcome to the Writing Room


Welcome to the Writing Room For nearly four years most of my writing as been done at the kitchen table. But since we last talked I’ve converted our guest bedroom into a writing room. For writing this book (working title: Why are the Suburban Young Men Killing Themselves?) I needed a quiet place to retreat […]

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A book update, a health update… and apparently I'm looking good these days


A book update, a health update…and apparently I’m looking good these days I’m extremely lucky to have an amazing network of people who are supporting my book effort. Since Monday I’ve received emails and messages of support. People have gifted me books, suggested books, recommended people to interview, and someone even offered to edit my […]

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How do you know if there’s a toxic person in your life?


I was recently asked, “How do you know if there’s a toxic person in your life?” It’s a really good question. Because we all have a toxic person in our life who, though we may love them or have an attachment to them, they frustrate and anger us. They make us feel inadequate or unwanted. […]

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How to Overcome Anything


How to Overcome Anything For the past two weeks I received messages about how either you or a loved one is struggling. Heavy stuff: Depression. Addiction. Anxiety. Chronic illness. Suicidal thoughts. You have reached out and said that this blog has comforted you or helped you. Honestly…I don’t know what to say. I mean, if […]

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Thank you for connecting with me and what we did for my wife on her 40th birthday


Thank you for connecting with me and what we did for my wife on her 40th birthday The last four posts have been hard to write. Yet writing about the death of one of my students has been cathartic. It has helped me to embrace loss, gain perspective, ask big questions, and appreciate the things […]

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Who was Caleb Brien?


Who was Caleb Brien? Caleb Brien died on Monday, May 13, 2019.  He is the student I’ve been telling you about. Caleb was the sandy-haired, blue eyed boy who sat quietly in the first seat, second row of my second period Literature class.  He often carried to class a tattered copy of some Russian novel […]

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