Tim Hatch: Educator. Author. Tired.

Journal

My Grandma Mary

I just found this on Facebook this morning.  It’s a picture of my Grandmother Mary and my brothers and sister and I.  My youngest brother, Eric (the one looking at me adoringly), appears to be less than a year old, which would make this summer, or possibly fall of 1979.  Clothes were awesome back then,...

Crazy Is a Preexisting Condition

Rick Perlstein wrote a wonderful article for last Sunday’s Washington Post about all the crazy motherfuckers getting airtime lately and it should be read by everyone: So, crazier then, or crazier now?  Actually, the similarities across decades are uncanny.  When Adlai Stevenson spoke at a 1963 United Nations Day observance in Dallas, the Indignation forces...

Family Circus

I’ve been altering family circus comics off and on for about 20 years now. I remember doing it with whiteout, paste, scissors, and a marker. Thank God for Photoshop, I’d never dedicate that kind of effort to it now. Apparently at some point in the past, I decided to remove all of my previous efforts...

Best Bakery!

So last month I mentioned that there was a Best Of The Inland Empire contest going on and that my wife and I were hoping to win for Best Bakery.  I mentioned that not only here, but on Twitter and Facebook as well, and I sent out emails begging for votes, as did my wife. ...

Crazy Enters The Room…And Won’t Go Away

When we see crazy people on the street, we tend to just cross to the other side of the street (or throw money at them as we quicken our pace) and go about our day.  By “we” I mean “us”, or “you and I”, and not the royal “We” as in, “We find this vexing.” ...

The Hunt For Gollum

Fan fiction is something that’s never interested me.  If you’ve ever read any, you probably don’t need any explanation as to why.  And in the last ten or so years a combination of things (the internet, broadband, unprecedented access to the required hardware and technology, etc.) has brought about a new age of fan film. ...