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David Caven
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Progress Report
Ten years I started this blog by lamenting about the fact that I had never become a stand-up comedian. I was able to stave off any truly morose feelings by remembering the career trajectory of Gabe Kaplan . Little did I know that after a few years of hostin...
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A Matter Of Degrees
I still have this knee-jerk reaction to click on stories that mention Colorado. Maybe it's more of a mouse-finger-jerk reaction, but it continues essentially unabated since I moved to California more than twenty years ago. This is especially true when I see...
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I'm Painting Again
When I was young, and believed that I thought I might like to be an artist when I grew up, Part of this impetus came from the support of my parents who seemed to enjoy the scribbles I made that eventually turned into the selection of Studio Art as a major w...
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"The Real Deal"In
I use them a lot. "Quotation marks." They are useful in the setting aside those words or phrases that are direct quotes, hence the name. Inside those little sets of what many of my students have called "backwards apostrophes" are the utterances of a person ...
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I Wish We Had A Bigger Village
I get it. " I wish my teacher knew... " A third grade teacher in Denver, Kyle Schwartz, wanted to find out more about her students. She found out. Mostly her discoveries were of a socio-economic nature: "I wish my teacher knew I don't have pencils at home t...
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So Thirsty
Water everywhere, but not a drop to drink. That's kind of how I felt when my family was driving down the coast, with the Pacific Ocean hanging out the passenger side window. Drought? What do you call that? A great big puddle of wet, just waiting to be distr...
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What Do I Know?
There are those who call boxing " The Sweet Science ." It's a martial art, and it was a big deal all over again this past weekend. Mayweather versus Pacquiao? You may have heard something about it. Kids at school were talking about it. Fellow teachers and p...
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Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants
I broke high school. Not for everyone. Not for always. It was a long time ago, and it really only affected a few hundred people, but I would like to apologize. I am sorry that I broke high school for that group of kids who came along in my wake and hoped to...
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Disturbing The Peace? I Didn't Know We Had Any
I've referenced this here
before: "A riot is an ugly thing, and I think it's about time we had
one." Add the oomph of a thick German accent, and you've got "Young
Frankenstein." Take away the silly voice, and you get some sad truth. We
have been living on t...
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Just Like The Ones I Used To Know
This past weekend, it seemed like anywhere I turned, every TV station and cable outlet had a superhero movie running. Spider Man. Hulk. Thor. Iron Man. Captain America. X-Men. Originals. Sequels. Everywhere. It was saturation programming, obviously in antic...
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Presumptive Nominee
Who is running for president? If you had a chance to vote for Lincoln, you would do it, right? Even if he were a Democrat? Okay, we're not talking Abe here. Honest or otherwise, this is Lincoln Chafee we're talking about. Chafee is a former governor, a form...
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Open The Classroom Door, Hal
Suppose they gave a test and nobody took it. Three states, Nevada, Montana and North Dakota, are currently attempting to right their assessment ships as their newly prescribed computer-based Common Core tests crashed and burned. At least around the edges. S...
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    BA Creative Writing, 1982 - 1989
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