Author Archives: Emmett

About Emmett

I am a 1st grade teacher who loves reading, writing, hiking, corresponding, learning languages, and lots of other stuff fit for a person with mild ADD. I am married to the wonderful Angela Estes and I have two fabulous daughters, Margaret and Emily.

My school is condemned to fail.

Today, the malcontents who work in my school took a step I should have easily anticipated: they voted to begin using a reading series, Journeys, beginning in September 2017 in P – 6.  I’ve worked at this school for 20 … Continue reading

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February, the dismal month

Whoever thought to limit February to only 28 days was a great humanitarian.  Better were it 10. Two years ago, my brother died.  February 21, 2015: the most dismal date in my life.  Two days before that, the water main under our … Continue reading

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Everybody lies.

Yep, it was a good song by Leo Kottke (which you can see performed here) but it’s generally true in human affairs.  By now, it feels like Trump has been Occupant of the White House for months, but it’s only … Continue reading

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The Last Day.

Today is a sad day.  Donald Trump is taking over the office of President tomorrow, and Barack Obama will no longer be my President.  I’m proud to have voted for Obama twice; I’m prouder to be able to say that … Continue reading

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You’re under arrest, Trump!

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The Broken Presidency

Earlier this year (2016) journalists and pundits were falling all over themselves declaring the Republican Party to be “broken.”  Now, after the disastrous and terrifying results of the election, the same voices are now describing the Democratic Party with the … Continue reading

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Religious support for Donald Trump

The hypocrisy of religion can no better be illustrated than in the support given to Donald Trump by religious zealots across America.  Never has there been a more vulgar person to run for the office of President; never before has … Continue reading

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Trump: an exponent of the Zeitgeist.

Sometimes it seems as if there is a universal radio station, some worldwide broadcast working in polyglot fashion to influence the minds of the world’s population.  (Well, the part of the population that has written language and is generally aware … Continue reading

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No Trump.

Donald J. Trump has won more electoral votes than Hillary Clinton and so shall occupy the White House on January 20, 2017. I never thought my country was capable of doing this to itself.  Not after having elected Obama.  Twice. Apparently, the big issue … Continue reading

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NY 21 CD musings #1

Mike Derrick (D), Elise Stefanik (R), Matt Funiciello (G) All three say they want to “bring back jobs to the North Country.” What a load of nonsense.  It’s not nonsense that we need more employment opportunities in northern New York, but it is nonsense … Continue reading

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