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Let’s take a look at some of the best fantasy basketball players over the past two weeks. The top five players overall in the NBA in this time period are familiar names like Jokic, Harden, Giannis, Steph Curry, and Dame Lillard. No surprises there.

Examining a little deeper, we can find some interesting players. The first list will feature five players that are probably not on the waiver wire in standard fantasy leagues, but they could be of interest to you if you play daily fantasy. …


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Language learning can be rewarding like a challenging puzzle, but it can also feel like an unsurmountable peak. It can be easy to give up and put it on the back burner when life gets too busy, stressful, and chaotic. In the past in my writing, I have explored different language learning strategies, such as using a spaced repetition flashcard system like Anki, utilizing an ancient mnemonic technique like the memory palace, and organizing your learning into a language notebook.

These are all great tools, but I feel pretty busy at the moment. I’m in the midst of a busy…


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The NFL season is over with Tom Brady winning another Super Bowl. Baseball is right around the corner with spring training about to start and team trucks making their way for Florida and Arizona. However, right now I would say that the NBA holds the main spotlight of the sports world, unless you’re a diehard hockey or college hoops fan.

Last NBA season before Christmas in a pre-COVID world, I explored some of the steals of the fantasy basketball season, highlighted by the Raptors’ Fred VanVleet. Other notable names from last season were Brandon Ingram and Richaun Holmes. I want…


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The cover to Sloane Leong’s 2020 graphic novel A Map to the Sun is striking: the main character Ren poised to shoot a basketball with a determined focus, palm trees and birds in the background that bring to mind a sunny beach setting, and a bright color scheme of pinks, yellows, and blues that evokes either a sunset or the rising dawn. “Vibrant and poetic,” endorses Gene Luen Yang on the cover, author of another recent basketball-themed graphic novel, the excellent Dragon Hoops, which I also wrote about last year.

Vibrant is definitely a good adjective to describe A Map…


Just think about the word “Zoom.” What does it conjure for you? A world of quickly moving from technology to technology, racing from screen to screen.

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“An environment-based education movement — at all levels of education — will help students realize that school isn’t supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world.” — Richard Louv

Looking back at my childhood, I would say I spent a lot of time outdoors engaged in play. For me, this play took the form of sports with my friends in the neighborhood: stickball in our school’s parking…


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I really enjoyed the 2020 baseball season. Maybe because it was only a 60-game regular season, and every game felt consequential. Maybe it was because of the long layoff of professional sports and the desire to return to some normalcy. The 2020 MLB playoffs was filled with drama and controversy and concluded with the Dodgers defeating the Rays for their 1st World Series since Kirk Gibson. Let’s take a look back at some of the memorable moments of the World Series.

Justin Turner COVID Controversy and On-Field Celebration

The World Series had just ended. The Dodgers had won, and the MLB had successfully finished a season…


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“On the journey of the warrior-bodhisattva, the path goes down, not up, as if the mountain pointed toward the earth instead of the sky. Instead of transcending the suffering of all creatures, we move toward turbulence and doubt however we can.” — Pema Chodron

A bodhisattva is someone who has attained enlightenment or a depth of spiritual insight, and, instead of removing from the troubles of the world, remains in the thick of the hustle bustle of daily life in order to help and liberate others from suffering. …


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This has been October baseball unlike any other, for good or for bad: No fans in the stands. A huge 16-team bracket that has enabled the Astros to sneak in and get all the way to the ALCS. MLB playoffs competing not only against the NFL but also with the NBA Finals. However, the drama has been intense in both this short 60-game regular season sprint and this action-packed postseason, so here are the top moments and storylines of the MLB postseason so far:

(1) Mike Brousseau’s Revenge Homer Off Aroldis Chapman

Earlier in the season, Chapman threw a fastball right at Brousseau’s head (he still hasn’t had…


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Professional sports in the United States are finally back with MLB’s return in the past two days after months of inactivity. The Yankees/ Nationals opener on Thursday set TV ratings records as one of the most-watched regular season games in years. The stands were mostly empty, artificial noise was piped in through the speakers, but baseball is finally back.

Top Performers

Matt Olson: Top headlining star is Matt Olson, courtesy of his walk-off grand slam to give the A’s the opening day win over Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, and the Angels. …


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“Calmness of mind does not mean you should stop your activity. Real calmness should be found in activity itself. We say, “It is easy to have calmness in inactivity, it is hard to have calmness in activity, but calmness in activity is true calmness.” — Shunryu Suzuki

It’s the middle of the summer. As a teacher, this is my time to relax, unwind. Think sitting on a beach, tranquilly listening to the waves, unaware of the time, quietly reading a book. The sun doesn’t set until 8:30 at night; the day winds on, leisured, unhurried. …

Michael Sunderland

Oakland, CA. Teaching, learning, sports, and storytelling.

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