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Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

My mother loved Cannonball Adderley’s “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!”  From the opening chords of Joe Zawinul’s arresting composition, the tune tackles you with the composer’s plaintive Wurlitzer electric piano and Adderley’s triumphant alto sax.  Whenever my mother heard it, she stopped … Continue reading

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Sticky Truths

I yelled at some of my English III students on Friday.  I wasn’t too emotional about it, and my voice only rose a decibel or two, but I let them know their work effort disappointed me.  I had assigned Act … Continue reading

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