Self-Knowledge

I was reading the entries for our annual student essay contest this week. As I was doing so, I was struck by a notion that recalled to me something written by the late Harry Crews in the introduction to Classic Crews, a collection of some of his early work. Harry...

Putting “Commune” in Community

Because of my love for language and the derivation of words — and because of what I continue to learn about the incredible power and the singular value of community through our work at LVVS — I found myself thinking about the derivation of the word: community. The...

Home From the Dark

One night, when I was a relative newbie to cycling, I had an experience that changed me forever, as so many of my cycling experiences have: Unmindful of the approaching dusk, I left home wearing my cycling glasses, which had very dark lenses. At that point, I...

Alone No More

I read a post on LinkedIn the other day. It was written by a physician, a Dr. Profeta. He was recalling a case another physician, Dr. Fletcher, had shared with his colleagues. After writing, “Saddest case ever,” Dr. Fletcher’s case notes said this: 95-year-old male...

Brother, Can You Spare My Dime?

I saw a post from ProLiteracy the other day that indicates the extent to which we’ve surrendered our fiscal self-determination. Entitled, “The Fork in the Road to Funding For Adult Basic Education“, it said this, in part: The president’s proposed...