Dr. Jin Xu Addresses the Corps of Cadets

Dr. Jin Xu’s Speech to the Corps of Cadets: I know why you and your parents chose the New York Military Academy. It’s to set you up for success—here, in college, and in life. Developing good study habits. Earning good grades. Working hard. Making the right decisions. Being a well-rounded,

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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy

Recently I received a gift, it was the book The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy.  It is a beautiful and inspirational tale about kindness, love, empathy, strength, and friendship.  The messages written around whimsical drawings, remind us what is important in life. Here are

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eBay Treasure Returns to Tell a Familiar Tale

The New York Military Academy has a rich history spanning one hundred and thirty-two years.  I have surrounded myself with school history in my office, with portraits of previous superintendents, 100 year-old catalogues, and old yearbooks.  These tokens of the past serve as inspiration for me.  I love our history,

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I thank on my knees…our Teachers

What makes us who we are?  Is it our families, our economic backgrounds, our schooling?  Most often, of course, it is all those things.  For Thomas Jefferson, however, one influence stood out above the others.  “I thank on my knees,” he wrote in his autobiography, “him who directed my early

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The Overall Boys (ca. 1905)

This week I received a special present in the mail, a copy of a book my grandfather learned to read from, a primer called The Overall Boys.  Published in 1905, The Overall Boys tells the story of four brothers, Jack, Joe, Tim, and Ted and their friends Molly and May. 

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Revolution of 1800 Lessons to Learn 220 Years Later

I do not know how many times I have heard and said that we are living in unprecedented times, or that the events surrounding our lives are unprecedented.  Of course, sometimes they feel as if they are. In the past 10 months we’ve witnessed the COVID-19 pandemic, protests, riots, and a presidential election resulting in

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Larry Belmont’s 97th Birthday

One Sunday morning in September of 2017 I was enjoying a peaceful beginning of the day watching CBS Sunday Morning.  With the kids off at Sunday school it was my one respite in the week.  Steve Hartman’s contributions to the magazine television program are always my favorites and inevitably a

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