Author Archives: jcoran7

First Last Words (And A Postmortem on Senior Picks)

I’ve been thinking about my first General speech for as long as I can remember. I always looked ahead to it: a fictional team, a fictional opponent, a fictional staff, fictional head judges, and a fictional Rec Hall stage. In … Continue reading

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A Not-So-Brief History

I’ve been writing and writing and writing since August. I have fifteen different Word documents filled with random thoughts and observations from the summer. Most of it makes sense. Some of it is interesting to no one other than myself. … Continue reading

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Winning Team! Losing Team!

Thanks to Plotty for sending this video along. Enjoy!

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Achieving Perfection

I’ve wanted to blog all summer. Every time I turned on my computer, I wanted to open up Word and write all day. Going into the summer, I thought I would have the time. But then my responsibilities at camp … Continue reading

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Standing Center Court

I remember the very first time I saw intensity. Before the second month of my second summer at Avoda, I didn’t even know that intercamp tournaments existed. Then one morning, breakfast was interrupted by a Sound Off. Lee Kaiser came … Continue reading

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Here We Go Again: Zen ’11

Oh man, did this guy dive headfirst into camp mode this week. No better time than now to jumpstart the 2011 edition of the Summer of Zen! I smelled the approaching summer yesterday. I had just stepped outside through the … Continue reading

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow. Crunchy numbers A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. … Continue reading

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