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About robertwallacegraham

Retired high school history teacher, curmudgeon, soccer coach, music lover, mountain bike racer, etc. etc.

Coronado Beach, 1967

Lying on the beach at Coronado, the “Hotel Del” shimmering in the heat of the sand to the south, Navy fighter jets on their Vietnam training runs dropping in right over the top of us every 15 minutes to touch … Continue reading

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Report from Leadville 2017

 Preface In my seven years of Leadville experience, I’ve made many new friends. This year, a group of eight of us from the Chicago west suburbs entered the LT100 as a team. This doesn’t mean anything other than a name … Continue reading

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Report From Leadville 2015

Part I – The Race  My third Leadville race provided a new experience: failure. Epic failure, as it turned out. I earned the silver belt buckle for my first two Leadville races, but today, well…  August 15 – Race Day … Continue reading

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Entertaining Assassins

Hebrews 13:2 – “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” It was October, 1993 or ’94. I was teaching in my 3rd floor social studies classroom at Downers Grove North High School (Downers Grove). … Continue reading

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The Way We Teach

(Written originally on Sept. 12, 2013 in response to a Michael J. Fox Facebook meme stating “If the child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”) I disagree, Michael. Schools, at least public … Continue reading

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Who Really Benefits?

I came up with this question while teaching Sociology a number of years back, and I think it’s a good one. It was an evolutionary process; I had for years been trying to get at the essence of what was … Continue reading

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Report from Leadville 2013

Here’s my race report from the 2013 race, written in the days shortly after the race in August. My two Leadville experiences are a “tale of two cities”. My first LT100 was a dream day. My second one was much … Continue reading

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The Dark Power of Harold Ramis

(I wrote most of this in March, 2014, but it needed polishing, and then life intervened. I’m publishing now because the topic is important to me.) Like almost everybody else, I was saddened to hear of the death of Harold … Continue reading

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The Acts of the Apostles

In light of the recent kerfuffle on the Right by the Pope Francis’ “radical” statements on the distribution of wealth, I thought I’d post something I wrote this past summer (without the help of the Pope, so pardon my lack of … Continue reading

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“Phone Calls From White House To Jack Ruby”

“Phone Calls From White House to Jack Ruby” It’s November 22, 2013, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Like the majority of Americans, for a variety of reasons I feel there was more than one … Continue reading

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