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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.”

“"You know the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don't alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit the views. Which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering."        

-- 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.

The Open Library offers over 1,000,000 ebook titles for download and reading.

The poet T.S. Eliot said April was the cruelest month. Clearly, the man never spent a November in Florida.

Though we are gifted with a full week of fall break for Thanksgiving, that does not make November any less the morass it has become: stores pushing Thanksgiving turkeys right beside aisles filled with early-pre-Black-Friday deals for Christmas, while bargain aisles try to convince us to buy the tattered remnants of Halloween that went unpurchased. Is there a sadder sight than an half-off, bargain-bin Elsa Halloween costume sitting right next to the marked-down five-pounds bags of unbought candy?

Still, a bright side can be found. When we return to ol’ RHS in the morning, only three weeks remain before Christmas break.

In that time, my freshmen will plumb the depths of Persepolis, my seniors will explore the intricacies of mathematics as a TOK area of knowledge, and we will all try to move through the next twenty-one days in a productive manner. Tests will be taken, papers will be written, and with any luck at all, we will all soon be home with our families for Christmas or Kwanzaa or Hannukah or Bodhi Day or Pancha Ganapati or Yalda or whatever other significant day you enjoy.

And if I can make it through the next month while avoiding a single visit to Wal-Mart, I’ll have all the reason I need to celebrate.

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