The Tiny House that Could

We won a little house.  A real little but perfect little house, built by teens with the guidance of a master craftsman.  The house was raffled by a group known as Way of the Bard to finance a trip to Wales, Iceland, and a few other ancient sites.  What follows is a bit of a…

Tesla Y – Three Month Review

Three months ago, a flatbed truck pulled into our quiet Vermont neighborhood just as we were finishing dinner, and everything changed. While a gruff trucker from Queens pulled the car off his vehicle, my kids did some sort of dance, and my wife and I watched amazed. We weren’t expecting a car for weeks, and…

Middletown Middle – Story Ten – The Replacement

April 1953 In its entire history, Middletown Middle School has only had two janitors. For a school that has been around for more than a century, such crazy longevity is exceptional. What was the reason neither man could quit or retire? The school held them captive. Both men passed away at the school after working…

Middletown Middle – Spirit Week

May 2005 The State Robot Olympics is one day away, and the Middletown Middle robotics team has a problem: their robot isn’t working. It is also the school’s Spirit Week, so the eighth graders are distracted by silly hair, wacky socks, free snacks, and pep rallies.  The four-student team has affixed the saw, attached the…

Kim & Lewis – Wedding Highlights

How bad am I at updating?  Horrible really.  In my defense, I’ve taken a job as a contractor with the Department of Defense.  So the times I’ve been updating this is now taken up with military stuff.  I’ve been writing just not posting.  I’m taking a different tactic. I’m attempting to post whatever I’ve been…

Hello Again! Updates!

Well hell.  It’s been a while but in the words of the king. Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t going away. I’m not sure what truth he was talking about, but I have some to share. So while I’ve been away in the months, google…

Driving with Whales and Zeppelins

Driving with Whales and Zeppelins Boring.  That was how eight-year-old Louis Butler describes visiting Grandpa Charlie’s cottage on the isle of Jersey. The man did not have Nintendo or Cable TV. His telly was an old piece of furniture with plants and books atop it. Visits always consisted of sitting around drinking tea in the…

Middletown Middle – Bus J

March 12, 2020  The ride home on Bus J is always an adventure. It ships the rowdiest kids on the longest ride — a 45-minute trek down Old Bridge Road, through one of the state’s densest forests. It always looked like it was on the verge of nighttime, even on the sunniest days. The man…

Middletown Middle – Menu Monster

February 2018 Principal Sosa: I gave my students the assignment to write three paragraphs summarizing their weekend. One of the kids wrote hundreds. He has unlimited screen time so you imagine how boring his summaries are.  Check out his report this week. I’ll need some feedback.   WEEKEND WRAP-UP This weekend me and my brother Billy…