It was a super spreader event from which President Trump contracted the Coronavirus. This outdoor meeting was an event at the White House where many people contracted COVID 19. The most important person on this list was certainly President Donald Trump. President Trump touted that masks worn to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus were ineffective. CDC guidelines indicate that facemasks help prevent the spread of the coronavirus in combination with social distancing, hand washing, and proper self-care. …


Social distancing involves keeping a safe space between yourself and other people. Social distancing is also called “physical distancing” where a person

stays at least 6 feet, or two arm lengths from others in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Social distancing has gone on to mean a combination of things. To reduce the spread of COVID — 19, social distancing also refers to wearing a cloth face covering, avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands, and frequently washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Because COVID — 19 spreads mainly among people in close contact…


Trains go Choo — choo. I believe this fact alone makes it so children are naturally drawn to loving trains. My little one is no exception. My 1-year-old recognizes when he enters our den where the TV is, that if he makes the sound Choo — Choo, I will put on a video solely of trains. Not only does our 1-year-old recognize the sound a train makes, but he also knows that the videos come from our Amazon prime account. When I hover over the Amazon prime account on our Roku, I hear almost every time, our little one yelling…


Working in small groups can sometimes be challenging. It is never easy to be one of a few students in a classroom. Unless you are in 7th. Career and academic planning you are one of these students who are in a smaller classroom of mine. The challenges of a smaller classroom can vary, sometimes in smaller classrooms students are held more responsible for classroom work, as there are less students to share in the classroom responsibilities. Smaller class sizes can also be less socially engaging, as there are less points of view to engage students in learning. Please take a moment and write a short essay three to five sentences in order to explain your experience in a smaller classroom versus your experience in larger classrooms. Be specific, tell me what you like and dislike about each.


A day and a half have passed since I wrote Friendly Fire. I wanted to expound upon the ideas presented in that first essay a bit further. Being mindful, centered, and grounded during the quarantine is very important, I agree, but I’d like to take this idea further. Most of us reading this do not live alone, we are in a household with others who have different needs, intentions, and personal obligations than us. This being the case, it’s easy to get derailed from a pursuit towards better living, healthier habits, and mindfulness practices. How do you prevent against getting…


While maneuvering around the house on day 3 of the Corona quarantine in the US, I made a pact with myself. I was simply trying to take part in some spring cleaning. Day 3 of organizing and tidying the house and my basement in order to get ahead on projects I haven’t looked at in months. The pact was simple, I needed to clean up my personal habits in order to survive this quarantine on a positive note. What did that mean, why was that important to me? I had been realizing some little things. I’d been noticing that way…


Foliage in October in northern New England is quite a sight to see. I was quite startled when I decided to take a journey to Vermont, to visit some relatives and head north. What I saw was rather amazing, I saw a variety of layers of changing leaf colors throughout my journey. Starting in Massachusetts, the leaf color was still in the green turning colors only on the tips of the trees. As I made my way to New Hampshire more colors began to come out of the woods and hills as we drove north. When finally arriving in Central…


Have you ever had the flu?

Having the flu, or some type of the flu impact your health is not a pleasant experience. So much so, that those infected by influenza have little deterrence from getting a flu shot the following year. There is controversy over the flu shot. The flu shot is something that is somewhat controversial in terms of its overall impact on one’s long-term health. Whether it’s how the vaccine is packaged, what is present in the flu shot itself, or that it might not be good for your immune system, are all factors for people not…


Buffalo Wild Wings like any restaurant has many ups and downs. It has been my experience in the last few years that certain people, and I won’t name names, but you know who you are, have deviated from going to Buffalo Wild Wings for the simple reason that their wings suck. I’d like to start by saying yes, their wings are terrible, their sauces are great but their wings overall are not of the highest quality.

To be honest, I have a love-hate relationship with their wings. I anticipate them being excellent, but depending on who the cook is, the…


My three months at the Nashoba Valley Winery.

Upland white, a fan favorite at the winery.

I thought I knew from a distance everything there was to know about making wine. I found out later that I knew very little about wine making, and that wine making was a very intricate process that involves many steps and many years as well. This did not dash my hopes, however, it did put a damper on my ambitions to someday create my own brand of Pinot Noir from within my condo. I really enjoyed wine and its intricacies going into my work at the tasting room in the winery. As…

Dr. Mark Baril

High School College and Career Readiness teacher. Business and Math teacher High School. Avid scuba diver, guitar player, doctor of business, DBA.

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