I recently retired as the Director of Instruction at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii, where I worked for fifteen years. Previously I taught in the Canton Public Schools in Massachusetts from 1971 to 1998.
My primary interests include teaching, writing, reading, photography, and art. I used to be a runner, tennis player, and basketball player and coach, as well as a slack-key guitar player, but my body longer allows me to do those things, so now I indulge in quieter forms of recreation. I inherited from my mom an addiction to crossword puzzles, and from my father an inclination toward scrapbooks. I've kept journals and commonplace books for years. I also like to play poker, chess, Go, and Scrabble. In recent years I've become interested in drawing and painting and collage, and have been trying to find my way in those disciplines.
Throughlines started out as an experiment—a friend of mine asked me if I'd ever thought of keeping my journal in the form of a blog, and so I tried it—and it turned fairly quickly into an important arena to collect and extend of my thinking. For a year or more I was writing pretty much every day: more recently I've given myself permission to be more strategic about posting. I tend to let the internal pressure build up until the post feels more necessitated than willed. At least that's the ideal.
I've always believed that writing is the most powerful self-instructional tool that we have. And I agree with Wallace Stegner when he says, "We do not write what we know; we write what we want to find out." So this blog has become the place where I go to try to find out what I know, and what I might come to know if I can only write my way into it. Keeping the blog has turned out to be exhilarating, exhausting, and humbling. Now that I've entered this world and started to look around I've been amazed at the variety of truly inspiring blogs that are out there. Many of the topics I find myself writing about seem to want to open up into larger and deeper explorations; in that sense everything you see here is provisional, explorational. If you find yourself in agreement, or in disagreement, with anything you read here, feel free to comment.