The Rise and Fall of Me – ch. 18/20

The Chapters I Didn’t Want to Write This chapter, combined with the next, is the reason I never finished the “Rise and Fall” series the first time.  Plain and simple – I didn’t want to write this chapter.  Nothing else to say.  It is the most difficult life experience I have had.  I think.  More…

The Rise and Fall of Me – ch. 17/20

There’s Nothing Pleasant in Pleasantville When I previously ran this series last year, I never finished it.  I stopped with chapter 16, the previous one, and I just left it at that.  So even those who read all this crap last year – here comes the new stuff, and it’s only about two, maybe three…

The Rise and Fall of Me – ch. 15/20

There’s nothing “pleasant” in Pleasantville After leaving the Trenton charter school, I landed in Pleasantville, NJ.  Immediately indicative of how things would be in Pleasantville was “Back to School Night,” when parents would eagerly come to meet their children’s teachers, perhaps ask a few questions, and make some personal contacts and face time.  If there…

The Rise and Fall of Me – ch. 14/20

Chapter 14:  Blood Pressure Rising   After spending an entire school year not in school, I found an educational establishment that was thrilled to include me as part of their staff for the following year.  What could be more impressive than The Emily Fisher School of Advanced Studies?  It was a charter school, which means you can get…