A jumble of July thoughts

Column by Michael Alcorn
Posted 7/30/20

In honor of actual professional baseball being played, this week’s column is going to go around the horn, a stream-of-consciousness attempt at writing that perfectly matches my natural tendency …

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A jumble of July thoughts


In honor of actual professional baseball being played, this week’s column is going to go around the horn, a stream-of-consciousness attempt at writing that perfectly matches my natural tendency towards ADD

Remember back in March, when this year officially went completely off the rails, and I predicted that we would see an uptick in divorces? Well, that prediction is starting to come true. Did you notice the rancorous tone with which the teachers’ union received the decision of the Jeffco administration to open schools 100% in the fall with an at-home option ? Such decisions have been met with similar disdain elsewhere, as well, going so far as the Colorado Education Association sending a petition demanding all safety concerns be addressed before school open in person. Actually, that was minor, considering the CEA’s counterparts around the country are also demanding the defunding of police departments and reparations for bad dentistry. Still, one must take heart that couples’ therapy is working out, as the school district dramatically backed off last week (Editor’s note: the district now says the first two weeks of the school year will be at-home, and middle/high school in-person learning will be on a half-and-half hybrid basis). Stay tuned, folks — once the therapy starts, you never know what scabs are going to get picked at.

I get it — I teach at 10 schools and can single-handedly shut them all down. But I wonder if teachers have completely thought through the idea of having brick-and-mortar schools declared “non-essential.”

On the other hand, there may be some good that comes out of it: given the abysmal teaching of American History and Civics to this generation (a generation which, in protest of race issues, has torn down the statue of a prominent abolitionist in Wisconsin and defaced a statue of Frederick Douglass), students may get a brief respite during a fall campaign in which *some* will almost certainly use the zeitgeist to push a political agenda or try to sneak the 1619 Project into the classroom. You have no control, who lives, who dies, who tells the story…

Is it just me, or have we seen an unusual number of truly spectacular sunsets on the Front Range this summer? Usually those hold off until autumn, but this summer’s been great. Maybe God’s way of reassuring us that the bleakness that is 2020 will eventually get behind us?

Trying to get some reading in to understand the current moment. Thinking the French Revolution would hold a lot of lessons, but also considering the Bolshevik Revolution and China’s Cultural Revolution. Thoughts, anyone?

The other day, on a bike ride, I paused at Long Lake Regional Park to watch a couple of young adult baseball teams play. It wasn’t a long pause, but there is something truly heartening about a bunch of young men getting together with glove and ball to play a game. The sounds, the smells, the chatter… You probably won’t be allowed to go down to Coors Field to catch a game this year, so maybe find a bunch of kids playing for nothing more than the love of the game.

Do you realize that, if everything goes according to plan (and exactly what, in 2020, has gone according to plan?), that, in another month or so, we will be looking at all four major sports playing simultaneously? That could be fun, and a VERY needed distraction from the world around us.

I don’t know how closely you’ve been following the progress towards a vaccine for COVID-19, but there’s been some very encouraging progress made on a number of fronts. The odds of having a vaccine by this time next year seem very promising. Go, humanity!!

(I’m going to whisper this part) You are probably reading this on the next-to-the-last day of July. If we get through tomorrow, we will have made it through this month without anything new and devastating happening to us, like every other month this year. You might want to think about staying in tomorrow. Lock the doors. Pull the curtains. Just sayin’…

Michael Alcorn is a teacher and writer who lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. His new novel, “Charon’s Blade,” is available at Amazon.com, on Kindle, or through MichaelJAlcorn.com.” His opinions are not necessarily those of Colorado Community Media.


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