Writing stories… names are important! Mr. Glatzer was originally written as a goldsmith, then the story showed that this is the wrong social class, and he changed into a barber. From 1840 to 1880, Germans were the largest group of immigrants. Before that, white were not ‘menial’ barbers, but the new immigrants did not have… Read More A Rose by Any Other Name II
Civil War: Indoor plumbing? Yes. Sometimes. And sometimes people used chamber pots, or outhouses. 40 years before Lincoln was elected: In 1820, Philadelphia was the first american city to finish building municipal water works and, in 1823, Boston completed the first American sewer system. What happened when people just dumped their chamber pots into the… Read More Tutor vs Civil War Toilets
One interesting bit of writing historical fiction is that I get to Google for information like this: When was Chanukkah 1860?
Student had to do an essay on logical fallacy, which I have not looked up in a while. This was fun. Highlights: 1- Ad Ignorantum – If you don’t have proof that it’s not true, then it must be true. For example, since the moon has holes like cheese, it must be made of cheese,… Read More Tutor vs Logical Fallacy
Stay healthy, dear readers. Wash your hands, there’s too much sneezing, coughing, and general ill feeling around here. And stay warm.
I am always surprised when no one shows up on Xmas Day, since School has such a multicultural student body – Muslims and Buddhists and atheists and whatnot. Today I tutored my colleague! What fun. Working on monthly time sheets – Dec 25 usually happens very close to the end of the month – and… Read More Tutoring Colleagues
Getting ready for “Midwinter Break which remarkably is from Dec 24-Jan 1, its as if some major religion has a major holiday right about then. Grading papers, listening to music. The cello is such a beautiful instrument, and “Gypsy Airs” is an amazing piece.