Sunday, March 31, 2013
Tomas Young’s “Last Letter” about the Iraq War
3:15 pm edt
One of my oldest and
closest friends, Jeff, is a U.S. Army veteran who yesterday recommended Tomas Young’s "The Last Letter" on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Remembering Eli Richbourg
11:44 am edt
From a mutual friend, I just received terrible news – of the
sudden death of Eli Richbourg. Peace and comfort to his widow and son. Eli was a talented, conscientious, warm and
Sunday, March 10, 2013
UConn, Yale: Senior Day, Senior Night
3:30 pm edt
This weekend’s New York Times included an article,
“One Way to Cheer Up: Cheer Harder” – a piece that evoked a January 2010 (January 24) post, as well as an April 2011 post, which followed an improbable NCAA championship by the University of Connecticut men’s basketball team.
This past Friday,
my kids and I were at Yale to see that university’s men’s basketball team defeat Princeton. Last
night, we were unable to attend when the team defeated Penn. It was “senior night,” the final
game for Yale's seniors, whose plans range from architecture to law school. Sophomores, including two known for their sobriety, helped lead the victory.
To the northeast, the University of Connecticut men also concluded their season yesterday.
UConn’s “senior day” ceremony honored a graduate student, who played a part in the team’s overtime
win. I was in the crowd to applaud his effort and that of the team, throughout the season.
as both Yale and UConn anticipate promising seasons in 2013-14, they can prepare for one game in which they will directly
compete, according to Yale’s tentative schedule.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Public Service, Staffing the U.S. House
6:51 am est
Sunday, March 3, 2013
MBAs Across America
3:12 pm est
Saturday, March 2, 2013
A Network of Men, “BMe”
5:58 pm est
The Black Male Engagement Initiative (BMe) is a network of men in cities across the country. Among those men is Samuel Reed, a middle-school
teacher in Philadelphia who has been a leader in the Teachers Institute of Philadelphia.
I voted for Sam Reed here, by clicking on Philadelphia and scrolling through the alphabetical list to view his one-minute interview and a written description
of his project. He writes:
“The ‘BME—Artistic and Literary Cafe Showcase’ will bring a
collective force of young people together to leverage their talents and connect their passions and creativity to address youth
issues…. This project will connect … with traditional literacy skills and provide inspiration and foundational
skills for reading, writing, making and thinking skills required for the creative economy. Engaging disengaged
African American males will be particular focus of this project. This project will produce performance
art through an interactive video documentary and digital media using art and literary works produced for and by youth participating
in the project. This project will draw muse from comics, sports, art and literature and run parallel with
the work I am doing with students at the Beeber Middle School…. We will … disseminate the
work-in-progress via electronic forums (web sites), professional workshops and out-of-school forums. The culminating multi-media
installations will be presented at community art venues. After completing the community art showcases,
interactive commentary will be posted on the BMe website and other community sites.”