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Michael Blancato

Michael Blancato graduated from the University of Florida with degrees in English and psychology. He teaches writing ...

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“People in society are spending too much time trying to see what is going on in the world, instead of experiencing it for themselves. I’ve learned that I am missing out on so many experiences, because I struggle to disconnect.”

Anyone who has recently played Milton Bradley’s The Game of Life understands that the rules are a bit dated. Even the newer editions of the game fail to reflect the lives of young people in the 21st century.

My students made a habit of speaking words that were on the tip of my tongue and our trains of thought often ran parallel. But class conversation occasionally took intellectual detours that I could not anticipate.

I remember the mother sighing “I guess I have to feed you,” and then offering me ham or bacon. I saw no issue publicizing my inconvenient vegetarianism to the woman who wanted me dead.