Don Braden

Retired Professional Educator



Elaine Braden

Retired Professional Educator

Grant writer, Editor, Writer



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the last year I taught

I thought I would have more time than ever to read once I retired. More

Retirement is great! We are traveling and doing all the things we couldn't do during our teaching lives. We do miss interacting with kids in class.

Picture credit: Leah Johnston at retirement party with many of the BUSD staff.




My short story, “Pete’s Mesa,” was included in Things You Can Create (StoneThread Publishing, 2013). pete


The second Speculative Fiction anthology published by StoneThread Publishing in ebook format was published January 10, 2013.
The anthology is available from Amazon, Apple, Baker & Taylor, Diesel, Kobo, Sony and a few others.


Fresh voices from emerging authors will help you slip out of reality into the in-between places of mind, matter and energy! If speculative fiction is your fancy, you’ll love the 22 stories offered in this collection, written by authors from America, Australia and the United Kingdom. You will find everything from outrageous humor to spirituality to dreadful fear; artificial intelligence and alter egos; Kirlian auras, otherworldly beings and  post-apocalyptic journeys;  changelings and entwives; faerie gardens and forests tangled with vines; detectives and ghosts and a pixelated murderer.


“Pete’s Mesa” suggests that we may be groomed for entrance into galactic society.


Reading has dropped off the last two months as I had cataract surgery the first week of December and the first week of January. Surgery was succssful,; I am without glasses.



By Sue Burke

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Most of last year, 2016, was a reading and writing void developed from my wife's caring for her mother—cleaning her coach, readying her for a home where she died in August, and then as executor dealing with her wishes. Followeds in April 2016 by the passing of my 99-year old mother.

After A Deadly Wandering and The Flight of the Silvers, I started several titles, but found no time or inclination to finish them. Neither Brent Weeks's Lightbringer volume 1 and 3 nor an anthology of Sci-Fi from the '40's and '50's generated interest to counter the necessary duties imposed on us.

Mendocino Writers Conference was passed by but a brief four hour session with three other writers and David Corbett in Corte Madero was very productive. Tuscon provided good information and an encouraging restart to the latest story, but all that was overshadowed by my wife's thyroid problems. That was taken care of early January 2017.

Maybe now I can get back to writing.





tales"Dream of Monarchs"
First publication for pay in
Volume 7 #1 of Tales of the Talisman
This was a reworked story I used in connection with Plato's Cave in Critical Thinking.

My trilogy,The Elder Saga, is finished.
Finding an agent or a publisher is a different job, slow moving, and infuriating.

Upstart Mystique is complete. Motif for all my writing is social commentary not unlike what Clarke was famous for.

The first 55K is done for another novel. Normally the first words end up at the end of the story. This one has been difficult to plot and has no working title. It has an esoteric metaphysical underlayer and a main character who is the personification of evil.

Authoring takes up much time and reading has taken a serious hit. However, writers must read. I have provided reviews of the books I have read and recently noted when I finished each. However, in the absence of serious composing, reading has come alive: four books in June and July is looking to be as good, unless …


Read Mrs. Braden's Submission to NCTE on improperly posted teacher grading based on student scores.

Read my letter on education to the editor of the Wilson Quarterly.

Read my comments to Diane Ravitch on her book The Death and Life of the Great American School System

The above was followed by Reign of Error that takes in after the business paradigm for education and the proliferation of charter schools (both profit and non-profit) that are syphoning tax dollars away from public school that are providing better education that the reformers are willing to admit. See my review in the list of reviews (left).

Thirty years after A Nation at Risk

Good article. Here's the final paragraph:

“In some ways, A Nation at Risk was helpful, but what we’ve seen in the past 30 years are too many misguided efforts – most notably No Child Left Behind – that have only compounded the problems the report identified,” Van Roekel said. “Educators across the country work hard to give their students the great education they deserve, but lawmakers cannot keep pulling the rug out from under them with bad ideas. We need to do what we know works. We need to fully fund our schools, invest in early childhood education, increase parental involvement and keep our class sizes small, especially in high-poverty schools at the lower grades. This is how we’ll make our schools work for every student.”