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“Seems like everybody else could see the things you never did, but if you could yourself you’d probably never have made it through the things you did. With your heart still beating".

                             

-- Josh Ritter, Still Beating

Bow Tie Friday

It’s a reasonable question: why the bow tie every Friday? A reasonable question deserves a reasonable answer, so here it is. A bow tie is special, quaint and unexpected. It’s the little difference that makes a difference when it probably shouldn’t. It’s the smile you didn’t expect from the stranger on the street, the fortune in the cookie that feels pleasingly apropos. The Doctor said it best: bow ties are cool.

In case you were wondering, I’m the third one from the left. The three smiling young ladies were students in my AP Lit & Comp class last year, who decided to follow my fashion sense on “Dress as your Favorite Teacher Day.”

“We all change, when you think about it. We’re all different people all through our lives. And that’s okay, that’s good, you’ve got to keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this. Not one day. I swear.”

        -- Doctor Who

A resource site for Mr. Creamer’s students at Rutherford High School in Panama City, Florida

Free literature!

Looking for something good to read? Here are a few choices that will cost you nothing but a few minutes of web browsing time. For those of you who prefer to listen instead of read, I also included some audiobook links. Read, listen, or do both. Enjoy!

Project Gutenberg offers over 46,000 books, all high-quality, including many classics, and it works great with mobile devices.

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Tomorrow is Halloween, and it is going to be awesome.

Why? Do we really need a reason? Halloween is awesome simply because it is Halloween, that annual pageant of costumes and candy and grinning jack-o-lanterns and Linus waiting patiently for the Great Pumpkin.

I’m glad students can pay a nominal fee tomorrow and wear costumes at school. Paradoxical though it may be, nothing reveals who you really are quite as much as the costume you choose to hide under. I suppose that means that the costume I’ll be wearing tomorrow speaks volumes about me. If you read this and see me tomorrow, you can decide for yourself if my assumed persona and I share more than our choice of occupation.

Fall is my favorite time of year. Rustling leaves, cool breezes – and for the amateur astronomer in my soul – the clearest night views of the year: yes, fall has much to offer. Fall also marks the end of the first nine weeks. My TOK students have completed their first presentations, and their extended essays near completion. My freshmen have moved from the autistic Christopher Boone to the dolorous Edgar Allan Poe. No doubt Christopher appreciates Poe, for without Poe’s fictional detective Auguste Dupin to inspire him, Arthur Conan Doyle would never have invented Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock Holmes. Now that would be a great costume.

LibriVox offers a huge catalog of literture including most classics for downloading and listening. Listen to Poe on your iPod!