Schoolyard bullying is no right of passage

For a very long time I have been searching for the right image to accompany this Op/Ed, and finally found this extraordinary and perfect image by Jesse Garrison, entitled “Shatterkid.” This image, like none I have ever seen, exactly captures the emotion and effect of what that broken window did to that scared kid back in 1979. I contacted the photographer and would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Jessee for your permission for me to use this image. Original URL is http://www.flickr.com/photos/jg33/4890702047 -- Copyright Jesse Garrison (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jg33/) and used with Jesse's permission and under license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0
For a very long time I have been searching for the right image to accompany this Op/Ed, and finally found this extraordinary and perfect image by Jesse Garrison, entitled “Shatterkid.” This image, like none I have ever seen, exactly captures the emotion and effect of what that broken window did to that scared kid back in 1979. I contacted the photographer and would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Jessee for your permission for me to use this image.
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Homework in summer? Let kids be kids

by Robert Gillis
Published in The Foxboro Reporter and the Boston City Paper 8/2009

The “Back to School” sales are in full force, despite the face that kids were out of school for just a few weeks and the last Independence Day fireworks had barely fizzled.

Now, there are many that would argue that school should be a year-round event and that summer vacations tend to dull students. There is more than a grain of truth to that notion — after all, two months of brains baking in the sun tend to cloud even the sharpest minds, and September can be a difficult readjustment, sort of like a month of Mondays.

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FOUL launguage! – A tribute to Father Lawrance Corcoran

by Robert Gillis
Published in The Foxboro Reporter April 1999 and the Boston City Paper 9/2007

Brace yourselves, I’m starting off today’s column with some very foul words.Accolade. Opulent. Arbitrary. Recalcitrant. Bombastic. Cacophony.

Here’s a myriad (foul) of foul words: Enigma. Ennui. Faux pas. Garrulous. Pensive. Gregarious. Nuance. And how about the most fowl: quell. Querulous. Quixotic.

So by now you’re probably thinking I’m crazy, but that’s already been established and it really a discussion for another time.

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