Author Archives: Thomas_Easterling

Take Off the Gloves

Just a quick note on the blog entries I’ve seen thus far: y’all are agreeing with each other (and me) way too often. Feel freer to disagree. (Civilly, of course.)

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Untaming of the Shrew

Tennis and golf are notoriously stuffy, country club sports that depend on the notion of exclusivity for their appeal. If you don’t believe me, compare the advertisers for televised golf with those for football or baseball. The rules of golf … Continue reading

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The New Un-Civility

Most of us with any home training wince when we reflect on the kinds of things Donald Trump has said about women, immigrants, the FBI–about anybody who isn’t Donald Trump, or a current Trump sycophant. Part of the reason some … Continue reading

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Wednesday Classes

Great news: Jack’s surgery was a success. However, we will have to stay overnight, which means that I will not meet with classes tomorrow. Seniors: please turn in your personal narratives on Friday. Shakespeare students: please be ready to discuss … Continue reading

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Taking Away Your (Library) Card

The City of  Columbus and Lowdnes County have been engaged in an open war for about a year. They’ve squabbled over the language of the restaurant tax, which resulted in significant reduction in the amount of money allocated to the … Continue reading

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Numbers Game

Of the eight million student athletes who play high school sports, about 480,000 will compete in college–a whopping six percent. An even tinier portion of those student athletes will compete in a sport professionally. Parents go nuts at youth sporting … Continue reading

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Institutions and Success

Stirring the Pot Towards the end of Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance writes that “We can build policies based on a better understanding of what stands in the way of kids like me. The most important lesson of my life is not … Continue reading

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Honey and Vinegar

A dozen years ago, I signed my oldest child up for rec soccer. I also volunteered to coach, and I was stunned to find out that the league required no training for referees, and that it required teams to have … Continue reading

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Welcome to the blog

(Now here are the rules) Welcome to the 2018-19 edition of the blog. Before we get started in earnest, let’s go over the ground rules. Students may earn up to one-third of the total number of quiz points per quarter … Continue reading

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Eternal Optimism

My friends Deb and Jim Fallows have a new book coming out tomorrow: Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey into the Heart of America looks at cities around the country that have rebounded after devastating plant closings and the like. … Continue reading

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