Alexandra (Novel Excerpt)

The first post of the month seems like a good time to keep posting fiction.  Here’s another first chapter, this time from my 2006 NaNoWriMo project.  At the time, I was teaching 5th grade in Cold Spring and doing a…

Buy this house

For those of you looking to buya house, the one on the corner of our street just went up for sale. For $189,000, you can pick up this 976 square foot, 2 bedroom, 1-story Craftsman style bungalow built in 1920.  I haven’t…

Punished by Rewards

I had read Punished by Rewards: The Trouble With Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise and Other Bribes by Alfie Kohn and written a paper on it for a college course in classroom management in 2001.  In lieu of posting…

Why do our transit planners fail us?

The disappointing thing about the “finished” light rail system that will be in place in the Minneapolis area by the time that my daughter is in Kindergarten is that the three lines are what was recommended as “starter” lines from…