If a blade of grass can grow in a concrete walk, and a fig tree in the side of a mountain cliff, a human being empowered with invincible faith can survive all odds the world can throw against his tortured soul.
Since 1987, I've taught high school in the inner-city public schools of Cleveland, Ohio. The Cleveland Municipal School District is a system fraught with the challenges inherent to a large district and an impoverished city. I am publishing this journal in response to those who are quick to criticize "those lazy, greedy, teachers". I offer you a glimpse into my world.
I have always been a student of behavior. As a child, I would tame wild creatures and befriend strays.
When I grew up, my natural empathy helped me become adept at observing, understanding and predicting human behavior, as well as discovering and studying what inspires and motivates people.
Especially fascinating, are relationships; who we choose to associate with, and why; how we interact with one another, and how we affect each others lives.
Although this blog dates back to 2004, it wasn't until 2007 when I finally purchased a digital camera, that I began adding photos to my posts. Scroll down the sidebar and you will find slide shows relating to topics I've posted aboout over this past year. Click on any photo to enlarge it.