JoJo Rabbit: A Must See. Promise.

“That’s just not right,” Jackson said after I showed him the trailer for Fox Searchlight Pictures new movie, JoJo Rabbit, which came out October 18, 2019. He was, of course, referring to the movie’s comic rendering of Nazi behavior and caricature of Adolf Hitler himself. And I admit, I was a little skeptical of such […]

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Review: The Devil Next Door

Recently, Jackson and I watched the Netflix Documentary Series (just out in October) about former Cleveland resident and alleged Ivan the Terrible, John Demjanjuk. Demjanjuk has been dead for more than seven years now, but his story certainly lingers on. As a teenager of the 80’s I can remember hearing his name on the nightly […]

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On Re-Vamping and Re-Amping (Up) My Teaching: A First Quarter Reflection

One—almost—down, and three more to go. No, not glasses of chardonnay, people. Ahem. Grading periods. Nine-week grading periods. The first one of my twenty-eighth year of teaching will end this Friday. So I thought I should spend some time reflecting on it and my new class of seniors: The Class of 2020. The class with […]

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We Can’t Just Remember, We Have to Act

As I pulled in to the parking lot of the synagogue this past Sunday, I noticed not one, but two, city police cars parked at either end. I was caught off guard, but only for a split second. Of course. Places for religious worship used to be safe havens. So were our schools. Theaters, too. […]

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