Independence Day in the USA

It's America's 240th birthday today, and these two past posts of mine still do a good job explaining in a nutshell what I believe as a naturalized US citizen, whose parents immigrated to the US from the Marcos-martial-law-era Philippines, back in the 1970s. Cheers, The LQ


When Challenger Blew Up

This is from chapter 6 in my book Scaffolds: Thus, I (along with my science class) was comfortable in the library on the late morning of January 28, 1986. I felt optimistic that day. I had my new second draft typed up and ready to show Mrs. Campbell. In a fit of youthful confidence, I even … Continue reading When Challenger Blew Up

9: The How, Not the What, of Assigned Books

Recently, I said to my sister Wendy, “I should teach a Shakespeare class.” “I thought you already did.” “Nah – the closest was when I was student teaching MacBeth to high school seniors. I spent most of that unit acting out the scenes because they couldn’t get Shakespeare’s language.” I started pantomiming Lady MacBeth’s madness … Continue reading 9: The How, Not the What, of Assigned Books

7: Pa’s Books

As I’ve mentioned in an earlier chapter, Mom and Pa have owned since the early 1970s a complete, thirty-volume set of the Encyclopedia Americana, including five supplemental volumes: A Treasury of American Literature Volumes I and II, A Treasury of the World’s Great Speeches, A Treasury of the Essay, The Home Book of Musical Knowledge, … Continue reading 7: Pa’s Books

6: Lewis, the Library & the Dynamic Duo

My seventh and eighth grade years blur together in my mind. From late 1984 through mid-1986, I watched the early morning anime Robotech (when channel 11 no longer showed Star Blazers) before my school’s first bell, which I could hear across the street from my and Wendy’s bedroom. Having quit piano lessons after sixth grade, … Continue reading 6: Lewis, the Library & the Dynamic Duo