The Great Unveiling

Hi, all.  Listen up.  The Pointless Overthinking management team has been as busy as a bunch of elves during the early days of December.  We’ve been working behind the scenes to make major revisions to the site.  Some of them have already been made manifest.  However, many others, including a renaming of the website, are … More The Great Unveiling

We’re All Ears!

Dear Pointless Overthinking Readers: Not long ago, this blog put together a management team in preparation to do a major overhaul of this site.  We have lots of ideas already, but we’d like to hear from you as we go forward. Toward that end, we’ve come up with a brief questionnaire.  Completing it will take … More We’re All Ears!

Goodbye Spunky

My wife and I take care of a few feral cats that live in our neighborhood.  They move quietly and gracefully into and out of our backyard and remind me of lithe shadows.  We feed and water them, and when it got summertime hot back in early June, we constructed a crude but effective cat … More Goodbye Spunky

All that Jazz

Many Americans are convinced that the COVID pandemic is over.  Thinking this way would be a mistake.  I know because my wife contracted the virus at some point recently and tested positive on Friday of last week.  Despite being fully vaccinated, she’s feeling quite unwell. As a result, I’ve moved into the front bedroom—the one … More All that Jazz

Sacred Places

I spent a good portion of this past Saturday helping my wife with her small business.  She is a master baker and makes a variety of Mediterranean breads and desserts.  Her goodies are artisanal and high-end.  She sells them each Saturday at a farmer’s market located in Boerne, Texas, a town with a large German-speaking … More Sacred Places

Community Colleges Are Helping to Transform America

Note:  This blog was originally published as an Op-Ed in the San Antonio Express-News.  I’m republishing it here today because it relates nicely with Learning to Question:  A Pedagogy of Liberation, a book I’m reading and one I wrote about in my most recent Pointless Overthinking blog. *** I am an American educator. My job … More Community Colleges Are Helping to Transform America

I’ve Been Doing Even More Thinking about Thinking

Not long ago, I wrote a piece about thinking that prompted lots of reaction.  After publishing it, my mind moved on to other topics.  Recently, though, like in the last couple of days or so, I started thinking about thinking again.  As you can probably tell, thinking is one my favorite activities.  We think for … More I’ve Been Doing Even More Thinking about Thinking

I Ate the Cookie

Several days ago, I invited my wife out for a meal at Hong Kong Harbor, a buffet-style restaurant that serves Chinese, Japanese, and Korean food. Toward the end of our time at the eatery, a waiter dropped off two fortune cookies.  I’ve gotten some really good advice and words of wisdom over the years, so … More I Ate the Cookie