I’m Just Sitting Here Watching the Wheels Go Round and Round

My students just finished a unit about the forces or personal philosophies that drive us to make the choices we make in life.   In essence, we explored the Roman notion of carpe diem. Some students interpreted Horace's words with an urgency, much as the students in Dead Poets Society did when teacher John Keating entreated them to make … Continue reading I’m Just Sitting Here Watching the Wheels Go Round and Round

From Weaponry to Livingry: Bucky Fuller and the Future

So my history with Buckminster Fuller is a bit longer than most.  I interviewed for a job fresh out of college with the "World Game Institute," an endeavor born of Fuller's desire to "Make the world work, for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage … Continue reading From Weaponry to Livingry: Bucky Fuller and the Future

Restoration Hardware in my Pottery Barn: update 2016

I'm sorry.  Really.  It's not that I want to do this.  However, I'm about to recycle a blog post I wrote on an old iteration of this blog over at blogspot.com.  I wrote the post in 2007, just prior to the great recession.  The opulence and sheer size of the pieces manufactured by Restoration Hardware, … Continue reading Restoration Hardware in my Pottery Barn: update 2016

Only Connect: Design and Recapturing the Liberal Arts in American Education.

Some people have asked, "Why did you call the blog 'Only Connect'?" Answer:  Because there are really two essays that I would ever label as "seminal" in my development as a teacher.  The first is William James' "On a Certain Blindness in Human Beings."  James' recounting of Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Lantern Bearers" is a … Continue reading Only Connect: Design and Recapturing the Liberal Arts in American Education.