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MICHAEL JACKSON TEACHES ENGLISH

The middle-aged man with a full head of early acquired, silver hair walked sharply into my classroom.  He was neatly dressed in a tweed herringbone sport coat with grey pants, a white shirt and a pink with a grey, spotted bow tie.  He wore  black rimmed conservative men’s eyeglasses... read more

IN THE HEART OF THE BEAR–1978

Our student group with several professors from my college and other colleges landed at the Moscow (Mockba) International Airport sometime in August, 1978, about thirty years into the Cold War.  The entire group was staying in a hotel in Moscow and traveling with an interpreter who had been cleared... read more

PLEASANT VALLEY FOLLOW UP

In my first blog about my home town, one could think I was taking the position that I grew up in a “blue collar” paradise.  Pleasant Valley was not a “blue collar” paradise by any means when I was growing up.  It had its pluses and its minuses.  The... read more

CLOSING THE BOOK ON SEVENTEEN

The jurors walked through the courtroom door and filed silently down the two rows, front row and back row of the jury box.  The rows were designated by cushioned wooden chairs.  The jurors each proceeded to his or her respective seat. The Court Crier entered and spoke, “All rise... read more

MICKEY’S FINISH

I was attending a parent teachers’ night walking through a hallway of St. Joseph’s Catholic Elementary School when I heard a free spirited, deep, breathy voice from my past.  I knew the voice, felt the unmistakeable sensation of the presence of a particular person.  The feeling was exciting, warm,... read more

FATHER FRANCIS

In 1642, Father Stefano Cherubini (Father Stefano), the original headmaster of the Piarist school in Naples, Italy was accused of sexually abusing school pupils in his care.  The Piarist Order was  established as a Roman Catholic religious order in 1621 by Pope Gregory XV.  The founder of the order... read more

Inflatable Dateable (Part 2)

At the end of the first school day marking my possession of Little Swiss Miss, a fellow Mahoney Phony walked into my classroom bedecked in his green officer’s uniform, black cloth stripes running down both legs, a single gold bar adorning each shoulder–Lieutenant Peyton Flannigan, a hard partying, slightly... read more

Inflatable Dateable (Part 1)

From 7:30-9:30 as a faculty officer, in my case a second lieutenant, after teaching all day, I rotated in for study hall duty. Study hall duty this night consisted of patrolling A Company, B Company and D Troop to ensure that the cadets were studying. Patrolling amounted to walking... read more

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