Emily Dickinson and Luck

Emily Dickinson and Luck

In the next-to-last blog of their “Summer Celebration of Emily Dickinson,” Camille and Sandy Kress explore the poet’s extraordinary “Luck is Not Chance.” What is luck? What is the cause of our good fortune? Do we value what truly creates value? These are some of the profound questions Dickinson asks and discusses, thus making them… Read More…

Emily Dickinson and Truth

Emily Dickinson and Truth

Camille and I tackle a short, brilliant Dickinson poem this week. What is truth? How can it best be told? How do we learn and understand it? These are the questions on the poet’s mind, and she has answers. The poem is conventionally understood one way. Camille takes that path, though I believe far more… Read More…

Emily Dickinson and the Brain

Emily Dickinson and the Brain

This week Camille Kress and I look at, and write about, Emily Dickinson’s provocative poem, The Brain. The Brain—is wider than the Sky— For—put them side by side— The one the other will contain With ease—and You—beside— The Brain is deeper than the sea— For—hold them—Blue to Blue— The one the other will absorb— As… Read More…

Emily Dickinson and Hope

Emily Dickinson and Hope

My wife, Camille Ware Kress, and I are big fans of the great American poet, Emily Dickinson. Frequently, we’ll put life aside and devote an hour to the wonderful work of reading, discussing, and coming to an understanding of one of her poems. We buy all sorts of editions of her work. We travel to… Read More…

Russell Westbrook Should Win – Narrowly

Russell Westbrook Should Win – Narrowly

Amidst many thrilling sports stories this year, we now have a stunning competition for the NBA MVP. Watching several future Hall of Famers duke it out – how cool! I suspect this is not the year for reigning champ, Stephen Curry. Nor will it be for Chris Paul or Kevin Durant, two extraordinary players who’ve… Read More…

Think about it, Senator Schumer

Think about it, Senator Schumer

I am increasingly reluctant to write about political matters these days. Though politics used to be both my avocation and vocation, I’ve turned my attention and passion elsewhere in recent years. Further, as divided as we are, I resist contributing to that division. So, when I blog on politics, I tend to do so as… Read More…

Where’s the Energy in the Middle?

Where’s the Energy in the Middle?

I see the money, energy, and effort in education on both extremes. Do you? The side that fights to the death to protect the status quo has tons of it and pours tons of it into play. So does the other side that wants to go purely to private school choice as if that will… Read More…

Bannon Pays Soros to Pay Protestors

Bannon Pays Soros to Pay Protestors

OK, OK – there’s no truth at all to that headline. One could even say it’s a “fake headline.” Steve Bannon would never support anything George Soros does. And George Soros would never be associated with Steve Bannon. But there’s a serious point I hope to make by it. Before I do, I want to… Read More…

The Divine Comity

The Divine Comity

As we approach the inauguration of the new President, I think back to 2001 when President Bush was about to take office. I had helped him on education issues in the campaign and would be his Senior Education Adviser in the White House. But there was more to our story than that. He was Republican.… Read More…

Bipartisan Mangling of Education – Now It’s Trump’s Turn

Bipartisan Mangling of Education – Now It’s Trump’s Turn

As readers know well, I have been critical of the Obama Administration on many of its major education decisions. It was especially troubling, after failing to secure a timely reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, that the Administration exercised executive power in a very harmful manner, supposedly to “fix” the law. In effect,… Read More…