“I [Have], with God’s Help”: Making Sense of My Time with a Cult, Part II

Friedrich, Caspar David. Wanderer above the Sea of Fog. c 1817. Dear Friends,  For deeply personal reasons which I have alluded, it has been a struggle to maintain this blog with the regularity I desire and the enthusiasm with which I started. Still, I have news to share. I have completed my degree program in social … Continue reading “I [Have], with God’s Help”: Making Sense of My Time with a Cult, Part II

Creeping is Still Stalking

New York Penal Law § 120.45 Stalking in the fourth degree. https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/laws/PEN/120.45 A person is guilty of stalking in the fourth degree when he or sheintentionally, and for no legitimate purpose, engages in a course ofconduct directed at a specific person, and knows or reasonably shouldknow that such conduct: 1. is likely to cause reasonable … Continue reading Creeping is Still Stalking

In the Room Where It Happens: The Legacy of the Declaration of Independence

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”[1] https://www.instagram.com/p/CCOi0OJD1nd/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link John Trumbull’s proud and bold image had been inspired by the recollections and  musings of Thomas Jefferson, of which … Continue reading In the Room Where It Happens: The Legacy of the Declaration of Independence

How My Family Helped Me Break Into the Ivy League (The Short Version)

This piece is as much reflections on my education as a continuing graduate student as well as my role as a history and social studies teacher at an independent high school.  Scandals like last year's Operation Varsity Blues bring to the fore the role of socioeconomic status and inequality at elite institutions of higher learning. … Continue reading How My Family Helped Me Break Into the Ivy League (The Short Version)