The Boredom of Summer

I like the rhythm of school year and summer; it's one of the reasons I became a teacher. But even though the summer brings a welcome change of pace, I don't usually hope for unstructured weeks on end.┬áDuring the school year, my life is segmented into 45 minute blocks and so to wake up with … Continue reading The Boredom of Summer

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Work Freedom

"One of the deepest horrors of modern man is to recognize to which which degree that inner fear, to which he doesn't know how to relate, makes a sham out of freedom." -Ivan Illich, The Rivers North of the Future Last October, John Palfrey, former Executive Director of the Berkman Center and one of the … Continue reading Work Freedom

Sweeping Streets

If you are called to be a street sweeper, sweep streets, even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.' ~Martin Luther King, Jr.