What's this all about?
Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli: This used to be a website about teaching and education issues. Since retiring on June 30, 2014, however, things have changed. This site sat, unused and fallow, for years. Now, it's resurrected -- with random facts, ideas, writing, etc.
A few remnants from the old education oriented website (which was called "How to Survive in Your Native Land") remain, but new items have been added. Some things are from recent writing but much is daily or weekly observations, reviews, screeds, etc. Like the title of the site, tongue is often firmly in cheek and a sense of humor should be present (or adjacent) at all times. Please respond to anything and everything that appears here (firstname.lastname@example.org) --- some material is intended to provoke reactions. Hopefully, some thought-provoking ideas will pop up now and then. So, fasten your seat belt, roll down the window, and "leave the gun, take the cannoli."
The BLAST is now a REAL BLOG and can be accessed in the TAB line, along the top of the page.
I look forward to your continued readership. Thanks.
* For those who may not know this reference (and/or may be offended by the "gun" imagery) please see The Godfather, Part One.
"When character actor Richard Castellano (Clemenza), orders his henchmen to whack Paulie Gatto in the parked car, he said the words, “Leave the gun,” and was then struck with an inspired improv and added, “Take the cannoli.” The Godfather has supplied many quotable lines, and that is surely one of them." (http://filmschoolrejects.com/news/leave-the-gun-take-the-cannoli-and-other-godfather-stories.php)
Most content is edited by Carol Marie Bjork, who also took the photo (above)
Special thanks to Shawn Herlihy for the "Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli" tee-shirt in the photo