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 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 spike hammer, and…

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 ride down Old Bridge Road through one of the state’s thickest forests. The man responsible for getting the kids home is Portis Tucker. No one left at the school remembers…

Middletown Middle – Menu Monster

February 2018 Principal Sosa: My students are required to write three sentences to summarize their weekend. One of them wrote hundreds. Can you comment? Should we contact the police, therapists, or Netflix? WEEKEND WRAP-UP This weekend me and my brother Billy watched a lot of Netflix. I wanted to watch Amphibious Ninjas, but my brother…

Middletown Middle / Chapter Five – The New Girl

Chapter Five – The New Girl September 1953 The Cold War was a scary time for America. The big bad Soviets were the classic villains, with their missiles aimed at the US. It got so bad that folks started building bunkers under their homes, which were strong enough to withstand the end of the world….

Middletown Middle / Chapter One – The Mascot Curse

Here’s the first chapter of my grade school anthology book –   Middletown Middle.  The school with more mysteries than students. Chapter One – The Nickname Curse September 2020 “Coloring? Seriously?” Jeremy, the new fifth-grader complains as he takes out his crayons. “We stopped coloring in second grade at my old school.”  “Welcome to Middletown Middle,”…

Dee Dee McGee and Her Musical Knee

Have a little scab-picker living under your roof?  Here’s some bad poetry that may not stop your kid from picking scabs, but will let them know you’re paying attention.  Dee Dee McGee and Her Musical Knee Dee Dee McGee Skinned Her knee,      While Climbing up a sycamore tree. She didn’t shout or little…

Gross Potions – Available on Kindle Today

I had two resolutions for 2019. The first was to develop a dessert that would be the winter equivalent of ice cream.  Three weeks left in the month, and the warm mousse cone pops are still stuck in R&D. The second resolution, publish a book, check.  I focused more on publishing than desserts and discovered….