Getting Schooled By My 5 Year Old


Cindy and I decided today, a mild February afternoon, to take the kids up to the local park.  So the kids mount their bikes and Cindy inflates the basketball and challenges me to a game of Around-the-World and of course I accept. At the park we offer Haley (7) a dollar to watch Dylan(2) on the playground so Cindy […]

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A Vulnerable Man


Last week a former student, Owen C., posted a nice message on the Write on Fight on website. Owen congratulated me on the website and then he wrote something that hit a nerve, something I had to respond to… “You’re not afraid of having emotion. You’re not afraid of sharing. You’re not afraid of being […]

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5 Life Lessons Bruce Springsteen Has Taught Me


Dear Reader, While writing  “It’s a town full of losers…” it occurred to me that I had a lot more to say about Bruce Springsteen. Aside from his musicality– the way the pianos and horns and guitars and drums collide, making music that can be heard yes, but also felt on a very visceral level– […]

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What is WoFo?


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It’s a town full of losers…


This article was originally published in January 2016. My students and I recently read, studied and discussed one of our finest American poems —Thunder Road, penned in 1975 by the patron saint of New Jersey Bruce Springsteen.  Thunder Road, the lead track on the Born to Run album, is a personal favorite (and a song […]

A Friend I Never Knew


This wasn’t the article I intended to write. No, I was crafting a breezy piece on the eternal wisdom found in the lyrics of Bruce Springsteen’s Thunder Road when a 45 year old man from Cincinnati, Ohio, a man I have never met or even knew existed, died. All reports indicate Scott Bruggeman was an […]

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So you didn’t win the Powerball jackpot…Now what?


Dear Reader, I assume you didn’t win last week’s 1.5 billion dollar Powerball lottery. Don’t fret, neither did I. So now what? Back to our jobs. Back to morning commutes and brown bag lunches and hampers swollen with dirty laundry. Back to coupons and car payments. Back to normalcy. Back to complacency. Whether you bought […]

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On Why I Write


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A Humble Thank You!


I was recently awarded “Teacher of the Year” at Robbinsville High  School. RHS is the place I have called home for almost ten years. In those years I have been honored to work with some talented and awesome teachers. Teachers who have helped, inspired and supported me through the years. I have also taught many great young people.  Young […]

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Why Hamlet Still Matters… Netflix and Kill? (Part 2 of 3)


  (This post contains some Hamlet spoilers. But come on now, the play has been out since the dissolve of the Tutor Dynasty. And if you’ve seen the Lion King (and who hasn’t) you’ve seen Hamlet… minus the swordplay and incest of course). I love revenge movies. They’re a guilty pleasure.  They make great entertainment.  Kill […]

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