Author Archives: David

Could There Be a Topic Worse than Baseball? What about Math?

Did my column two weeks ago about baseball put off some readers? Yes. A dear friend, whom I’ve known my whole life, wrote: “Ya lost me at the topic.” That’s about as far from “You had me at ‘hello'” as it gets. What could be worse? Another dear friend, brought up in Brazil, unsubscribed from…Read the full article

Say it Ain’t So

There is no debate over which year was the Greatest Year in the hundred year history of baseball.* You might think that there would be discussion among barflies, tailgaters, and fans from different cities across the country. You might expect a spirited conversation with reasoned arguments, endless statistics and salty language. You might imagine that…Read the full article

Take Them at Their Word

“The play begins at two o’clock,” I told my literature class. “This information is so important that I have included it on this quiz that I am about to hand out.” Thirty students nodded their heads appreciatively. “The first question on the quiz is, ‘What time does the play start?’ The answer is ‘two o’clock.'”…Read the full article

Good Students

Good students are such a joy. I still remember my good students from the Carter Administration. Seriously. (Seriously I remember my good students. I’m not certain they were involved in policy making decisions in the late 70s.) Bright, eager, articulate, pleasant. They did homework, scored well on evaluations, contributed to class discussions. I never had…Read the full article