Since the summer, observers of American current events have been treated to instance after instance of violent confrontations between police officers and members of the public. 1,025 more words
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So, as my Facebook news feed has been making unequivocally and poignantly obvious for the last twenty-four hours or so … the membership of the UMass marching band community is marking the fourth anniversary of the passing of George Parks. 1,010 more words
The beginning of a new school year is full of new realities, new routines, new understandings, and sometimes new locations.
Most of the time I meet all this newness with a mixture of happy anticipation (what sort of remarkable events are upcoming?) and stressful anticipation (until I’ve seen my classes and ensembles, I wonder what exactly I’ll need to do to engage them all year … even if a class is full of miserable behavior, once I know what they look like, I can formulate the strategy; so the run-up to Day One feels like I’m gunning the engine without letting out the clutch pedal). 569 more words