JH the coach, JH the editor, JH the speechwriter, JH the fresh & insightful columnist (!)…
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I coach basketball, parenting, and how we can Learn2Learn™. I am a painstaking and graceful editor of English text. I wrote speeches for Canada’s Governor General. I can write about anything as long as there are humans involved. Wanna hire me?
Or maybe you’d just like to chat without commenting on a particular posting here on JH.com. In either case, dropping me an electronic line is your best bet: email@example.com
Welcome! I am a writer, and this is my on-line portfolio, where I wonder in public, keep my textual production line lubricated, and expose my writing to hypothetical audiences. AND bring transformation into being and challenge the universe. (In between loads of laundry.)
These are my takes on nearly everything. “At First Glance” is a general-ideas web log, briefs (and boxers) on things that interest me. (The range is wide, but I rarely pay much attention to politics, economics, organic chem or astrophysics.) “It’s All About Sports!” is a second ‘blog with a focus on why sports matter, and what we should do about ’em; I promise not to bore you with standings or last night’s numbers. “On Second Thought”, meanwhile, is a collection of longer pieces, including my extended blogatory enthusiasm, ODY (Old Dog Year). ODY was and remains my on-line diary of a mid-life guitar quest: from nowhere to six-string-somewhere in 365 days. Old dog, new licks. The rest is a miscellany of more considered and (sometimes) more polished pieces. Irregularly, “He Said/She Said…” offers you a tasty quotable bit from minds other than mine.
All this may make you wonder:
Perfect. I ask myself the same things. It’s existential accounting, and we should do it every day.
NOTE: As of Spring 2013, I have a Weibo micro-blog (Chinese Twitter) under the handle JayLaoshi . I write briefs and observations about teaching and learning, and the strengths and limitations of Chinese and of Western modes of education.
I’ve been son, brother, husband, team-mate, Dad. I’ve taught reading and writing, hopefulness and jumpshots. I used to help a Right Honourable Person say things my country needed to hear. (The earth is one country, but my postal code is Canadian again, after five years in Dalian, China.)
I grew up in a Canadian hockey town where the arts were more of a rumour than a reality, but there were always books. My love for reading was matched only by my hunger for sport. I slept with footballs, dreamed of spectacular saves and line drive hits, and by high school was shovelling snow to play frozen-fingered basketball. Somehow (okay, it was a blonde), I stumbled upon an unusual but deeply satisfying spiritual path, and have been trying to know and live the Bahá’í teachings since age 16. (Every once in a while a light goes on.)
I spent years as a high school readin’ ‘n’ writin’ teacher. I was also (and am again) an avid basketball coach, a community activist and the father of four mighty sons. I saw and loved the art in all of that and all of them. In 2002 I escaped a life sentence in southern Ontario, and headed to Ottawa to stretch and scribble. I have been a wordsmith and sometime teacher since. For nearly two years, I was the editorial adviser to Canada’s Governor General, Adrienne Clarkson, collaborating with her in the preparation of speeches and other texts.
My wife and I and Son the Fourth lived in Dalian, China from 2009-2014, where I taught at two universities, wrote most of the book the world is still waiting for, missed coaching and tried to fathom that deep and rapidly swirling culture. (I drowned, often.) I am learning. I love to think about how we learn, how communities change, and how the hell we got into this mess. I am a word-watcher, a people-watcher and a senescent athlete. I love all the meeting-places:
Where youth greets maturity.
Where sport becomes art and jocks have brains.
Where reading is doing.
Where men really love women (and their equality).
Where the spirit has its reasons.
Where the planet is home.
(Is there anything else you’d like to know?)