My name is Michael Jarmer. I’m a teacher of English in a public high school in Milwaukie, Oregon. I like teaching. I think it’s a rewarding profession, but I’m worried on many fronts, and I’m blogging about that.
I’m the father of a middle school-aged boy, and I find myself, when I’m not blogging about teaching, blogging about fathering, and sometimes, reflecting on my son’s educational experiences through the perspective of a father who is also a teacher.
I’m also a fiction writer and a poet. I’ve self-published a novel through iUniverse. It’s called Monster Talk. You can purchase a copy right here:
In April of 2013, I participated in the National Poetry Writing Month by writing a poem a day for a month and publishing each of them here on the blog. After the 30 days, I kept at it, inside and outside of NaPoWriMo, and I got into the habit of numbering my poems here, only to distinguish them from the prose. While it is not my form, and while I have no sense about how good I am at it, poetry allows me to blog about almost anything under the sun–so I think I will continue–after all, it has yielded, as of this writing, 284 poems.
I find I have become over the last decade or so very much interested in meditative practices, mindfulness, formation work, inner work, what I would call secular spirituality. One of the key projects of my adult life, running parallel with my introduction to and now deep involvement with The Center for Courage and Renewal, is that I have tried to live and work with more integrity, bringing into deeper harmony WHO I AM with WHAT I DO, what Parker J. Palmer calls the marriage between soul and role. So, I’m blogging about all that stuff as well under the banner “Mindfulness Practice.”
I’m the lyricist, singer, and principle percussionist in the Portland piano pop band called Here Comes Everybody. As that musical endeavor turned 30 in 2016, I started blogging about that musical history. You could learn more about the band by visiting the website: http://www.herecomeseverybody.com. I’ve also been writing live music reviews from time to time, (see Well, That Was Mostly Fun, Wasn’t It? and Concert Review Confessions: St. Vincent at the Keller Auditorium). Sometimes I’m just generally musing on music (see Some Things That Sucked About Music in the 80s). But finally, I’ve embarked on this strange and ridiculously ambitious series, Notes Toward A Musical Autobiography, in which I write about every artist or band represented in my cd collection in alphabetical order, a project that I am doubtful about ever being able to finish.
Maybe focus is key in the blogosphere, but, given this range of interests and limited time for multiple and variously specified blog projects, everything will most likely continue to hang under the same proverbial roof. And if there’s something in particular you’d like me to blog about, please let me know. I’d take that kind of thing pretty seriously, and if I felt I could do it, I would. That’s all for now. Thanks for visiting and reading!
p.s.: The photo of me on this page, in the banner, and others, the ones that look like they were done professionally, were taken by Miri Stebivka. Check out his stuff at Mirifoto.