The Summer Solstice in Richmond

Unbelievably, June 21st was mild by Richmond standards, with low humidity and highs in the low 80’s. That evening, it was cool enough to enjoy a fire in the backyard, and fortunately, we have every stick and branch that has fallen in our yard in the last ten years. You know, after about five years…

Hiking appropriately clothed in Utah

Jim and I started the day at Joe’s Cafe. The very friendly owner/cook insisted that we come into the kitchen to see him prepare his specialty: biscuits and gravy. Needless to say, we were not hard sells and immediately ordered the very meaty biscuits and gravy. After filling up on ultra-meaty biscuits and gravy, we…

Cross country travel to Utah

Time again for the annual trip to the AP Reading. This would be my fifth year scoring AP World History essays, and I was flying out early with Jim to see some of the sights in Provo Canyon before the essay reading grind began in Salt Lake City. The first step was air travel, and…

McKenna criticizes a picture in my classroom

When students finish the high-stakes testing for the year, the atmosphere at my school becomes much, much more relaxed. So relaxed, in fact, that a student flew a remote control helicopter into a sprinkler head. Anyway, in the slightly less relaxed atmosphere of my classroom, one of my students drew the picture below: Supposedly, that’s…