Visits from My Unusual Friend

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The Background

A number of years ago, my wife and I lived in two different cities. She was in the position of being a new grandmother and wanted nothing more than to be where the grandchildren were. To that end, we rented an apartment that was conveniently located near where the grandchildren…

Much of the history people know never happened

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The picture above is of my son’s first-grade class in 2003 when they were learning about and celebrating Thanksgiving in school. My son is the one kneeling furthest to the right. He is the one frowning. Why is he frowning? Let me explain.

In the early elementary grades, teachers like…

The beauty of a November day

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There are few poems that pluck my heartstrings quite like Robert Frost’s “My November Guest.” Frost’s guest, his Sorrow, comes to visit in November and makes for him a time of reflection, a time to look around and see the beauty of the bare November days. His poem talks of…

John Egelkrout

I am a teacher in an alternative school and work a small hobby farm in southeastern Wisconsin with my wife Kathy.

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