David Stanley

Teacher & science guy, writer, musician, coach, skier and bike racer, I am interested… in everything; your story, food & spirits and music and everything in the natural world, spirit & sport. My son is 22 and still needs his Dad. I am 56 and so do I. I blog on life and death, cancer and sports, kids and education at http://dstan58.blogspot.com/


Posts by David Stanley

One Morning in a Mosque in America

In the Muslim world, the weekend of 27 January 2017 was impressively evil. Der Drumpfenfuhrer proclaimed a travel ban on Muslims into the United States. “It’ll make America safer,” they say. A mosque in Texas was burned to the ground hours later. “It might be a hate crime,” they say. A mosque in Quebec City […]

Cargo Shorts are Brilliant

“Be prepared.” – Boy Scout motto. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Ben Franklin I’d be a dumbass if I didn’t plan for every contingency.” – Maya Banks, Hidden Away Don’t be a dumbass. Cargo shorts are brilliant. They are the Leatherman-Gerber-Swiss Army multi-tool of men’s clothing. They are the seven […]

Melanoma: It Started with a Freckle – Preface Excerpt

It occurred to me that perhaps it would be a good idea to include a section from the preface. The truth, however, is that I just plain forgot. Ergo, below is a selection from the preface of my book, Melanoma: It Started with a Freckle, published by McGann Publishing and available on Amazon.com Here’s what […]

Melanoma: It Started with a Freckle – Chapter 3 Excerpt

Melanoma is cancer of the body’s pigment cells; the melanocytes. It’s dangerous- one person in the US dies every hour every day from melanoma. Wherever you have pigment, skin and eyes are the most common sites, you can develop melanoma. Five peeling sunburns in your lifetime doubles your chances of melanoma. If you are a […]

Melanoma: It Started with a Freckle – Chapter 2 excerpt

A few years back, I had cancer; specifically stage II melanoma- cancer of the melanocytes. Melanocytes are the pigment cells in the body. Wherever you have pigment, skin and eyes are the most common sites, you can develop melanoma. It’s a bugger to treat. No radiation or chemotherapies are available; surgery only. Today, only a […]

Melanoma: It Started with a Freckle. Chapter one excerpt.

A few years back, I had cancer; specifically stage II melanoma- cancer of the melanocytes. Melanocytes are the pigment cells in the body. Wherever you have pigment, skin and eyes are the most common sites, you can develop melanoma. It’s a bugger to treat. No radiation or chemotherapies are available; surgery only. Today, only a […]

The 3-Day Be-Nice Challenge

Watch this video. The 3-Day Be-Nice Challenge. See you in 90 seconds.  And we’re back. Thanks. We are in the midst of the USA’s ugliest political campaign in my memory and my memory goes back to 1968. If you’d like to do the math, I was ten. According to the FBI Mass shootings have risen […]

My Son Loves the Tour de France, and So Do I

Bicycle racing grabbed me hard in 1979. I’d always ridden a bike; as a ski racing kid, I’d heard that Jean-Claude Killy trained off-season on the bike. As a soccer player infatuated with all things Euro, the appeal of riding was natural. But when I hurt my knee in 1978 as a college soccer player, […]

A Cancer Fighter’s Playlist

On June 27, I had the privilege to speak with an old student of mine on his radio show. I left teaching in 2012, and thanks to social media, I’ve stayed in touch with many of my students. It’s a cool thing, to watch these young men and women go from squirrelly, nervous 9th graders […]

Melanoma Brought Us Together

Melanoma brought us together for the best of reasons, and the worst of reasons. This past weekend, June 17-18, was the Indianapolis-based Outrun the Sun 12th annual 5-mile for melanoma fundraising and awareness. With an array of events from a 1 km walk to the full-fledged 5-mile race, Fort Harrison State Park was where all […]