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

The “Q”: The Question of the Week

As a teacher, what are the nicest things your students to have said to you? About 15 years ago, I had a student who was very bright and very determined. We reconnected a few years ago. He said, “What I remember from the very first day as a freshman in your class was that you […]

What Things can a Student do to Make a Teacher Feel Appreciated?

This Week’s Question: Teachers, what things can a student do to make you feel appreciated? It’s not tough. Show up on time. Be ready to learn. Do the reading. Do the homework. Ask intelligent questions. Be interested in the subject. Here’s the deal – as teachers, we are not looking at our students as potential […]

Why Do Teachers Like Times New Roman?

I’ve written a few answers for Quora. Here you go.  Why do my teachers expect essays to be typed in 12-point font in Times New Roman? It’s the standard. One, a 12 point TNR paper, double spaced with one inch margins is 250 words/ page. Two, when we receive a paper in 12 point TNR, […]

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 […]