Author: The Mediocre Alaskan

Speaking out by pushing up

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska – Upstairs in what used to be the Nintendo room of my childhood home is an old wooden piece of luggage. In it are relics of a period of American History that’s been so fictionalized, I doubt if any kid today really understands the gravity. I sure couldn’t, but at least I

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The beginning is hard, that’s the point

As a high school journalism teacher I have to convince students that it’s okay to be terrible at first. Journalistic writing is much different than that of the English essay. Students have to write their way out of the darkness. Embrace the challenge, and they’ll emerge. It becomes easy because of the sheer amount of

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What makes an expert?

I was watching a hunting show that started with a dramatic series of numbers. The first was that it takes 10,000 hours for someone to become an expert, then touted that the show’s host had over triple that of hunting experience. Okay, that’s an impressive amount of time, but then I started thinking about how

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What are your big 3?

Everything tracks performance, except, for the most part, us. Every school, business, whatever tracks the data of assessments, sales or whatever. So why don’t we track our individual months? Seriously. Why don’t we take a minute and say, “Okay, how did I do in September?” It makes sense to keep track of workouts, but I

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Reaching back

Studies have shown that people are not really good at cultivating quality relationships with more than about ten people. It’s pretty sad really, that life isn’t cumulative. That is, by the time you’re, say, a 36-year old freelance writer and English teacher in Ketchikan, Alaska, you don’t have all your high school friends, all your

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Waiting for what?

Life is going to undulate between positive and negative but I’m not sure we embrace and fully drink in the positive moments, which of course is stupid. Rather than reinforce the conditions that provided us an opportunity to achieve a legit level of wellness, we wait for things to suck. Rather than, “I feel good

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